ABI Research finds iris scanning to emerge as secure ID trend for smartphones

ABI Research has forecast global shipments of smartphones equipped with iris scanners will reach almost 300 million in 2021, the company said.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 released iris scanning as a way to secure a smartphone user´s identity. Iris scanning is a biometric identification solution that uses mathematical pattern recognition techniques to verify an individual´s identity based on video images of their irises.

Iris scanning requires no physical contact, which makes authentication more seamless than other methods, like entering PIN numbers and scanning fingerprints. Iris sensors in mobile devices include a camera chip and an IRED for illumination of the eyes so that the sensors can detect iris features even in semi-dark conditions. The sensor can function as a separate unit from the front camera.

Japanese company Fujitsu added iris scanning for smartphones in March 2015. Following that, Microsoft introduced its Lumia 950 and 950 XL, ZTE released the Nubia Prague S, and HP launched Elite x3, all with iris scanning. Apple chose not to add iris scanning to its latest release of smartphone, the iPhone 7.

These findings are from ABI Research´s Human-Machine Interface Attach Rate and Penetration as part of the company´s Wearables & Devices sector, which includes research, data, and analyst insights.

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