“The safest biometrics security technology in Smartphones is iris authentication.”
Samsung Electronics held a meeting on the 23rd and emphasized again about safety and excellence of iris authentication technology that is applied to Galaxy Note 7.
Although DNA, which has genetic information, is the safest and ultimate biometrics information, Samsung Electronics explained that realistically it is impossible to use DNA information on portable devices such as Smartphones.
“Mucus and blood from inside a mouth need to be collected to obtain information about one’s DNA.” said Director Kim Hyeong-seok of Samsung Electronics’ Wireless Business Department’s Development Room. “Because it takes more than an hour to analyze this information, it is realistically impossible to use DNA information on portable devices.”
According to Samsung Electronics, it is practically impossible to use someone else’s iris information since it disappears in just 4 seconds after one dies excluding any extreme situations such as kidnapping. Percentage of having identical iris information is only one out of one billion and iris information has qualities like uniqueness, inalterability, and undamagebility. Not only is iris information different between twins but it is also different between one’s left eye and one’s right eye.

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<Samsung Electronics held a presentation about iris authentication technology that was used for Galaxy Note 7 at Samsung Main Building on the 23rd. Director Kim Hyeong-seok of Samsung Electronics is explaining about characteristics of iris authentication technology and linkage between this technology and Samsung Pass. Staff Reporter Yoon, Seonghyeok | shyoon@etnews.com>

Information about iris is stored in a trust zone (independent hardware storing space that was developed by ARM) and is not sent to any servers.
When one creates an account, iris authentication technology checks whether iris information that is saved and a user’s iris are same or not and sends only this information to outside servers. Because this technology does not actually send iris information, it does not matter when information is stolen during a process of transmitting information.
“Even when one steals a Smartphone and obtains iris information, he or she will not have an access to a Smartphone if a Smartphone is not authenticated by the actual user.” said Director Kim. “Iris information can be clearly erased through a deleting process when one is trying to purchase a used Smartphone.”
Samsung Electronics is planning to focus on expanding an ecosystem that is based on biometrics such as iris authentication and fingerprint authentication in the future. It is also planning to expand its partnerships with South Korean and foreign financial institutions as KB Bank is planning to introduce iris authentication service shortly.
It has also decided to focus on improving iris authentication technology by expanding angle of view and allowing this technology to easily recognize iris even when one is wearing glasses or contact lenses.
“Because both iris and fingerprint authentications have advantages and disadvantages, Galaxy Note 7 has both authentications to maximize their advantages.” said Director Kim. “We are going to focus on creating ecosystems where more variety of services are possible through biometrics authentication.”
Staff Reporter Kim, Yongjoo | kyj@etnews.com