Indus OS

Rakesh Deshmukh, co-founder and CEO of Indus OS, wants Indus OS to become the first of its kind Aadhaar-authenticated OS. “Indus OS will use iris-biometric technology for the most secure identification and authentication modality , and it supports 12 Indian languages,“ Deshmukh said, adding the company tied up with California-based and Intel-backed Delta ID, global leaders in iris-based authentication technology , to create the hardware-software capability.  “We expect to launch the platform this quarter and empower over 1 billion Indians who are enrolled for Aadhaar, who may use their Aadhaar for identification and authentication of various services such as government subsidies and payment wallets,“ he added.

The Aadhaar-authenticated OS will be released across the company's smartphone brand partners, including Micromax, Intex, Karbonn, Celkon and Swipe, Deshmukh said. He expects a 100 million people to be using the OS by 2020.

The way the technology works is that the software-hardware combination captures the iris identification information through an iris scanning camera built into the smartphone.

The OS then encodes this information and then encrypts it, sends it to the Unique Identification Authority of India server for a match. Once the UIDAI server confirms the Aadhaar number, the consumer is authorised to utilise it for a whole suite of activities.

Deshmukh said the integration at the operating system level removes any perceptible security risk, making it more secure that fingerprint scans, while simplifying the process of accessing services for millions of Indians.

The technology is best suited for India, which is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world and one that is increasingly striving towards a less cash economy. India is fast adopting smartphones -a base of 300 million users is ready -having crossed the US to become the second largest, trailing China.

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