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IriTech is the first to obtain STQC certification for iris devices in Aadhaar authentication service

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IriTech, Inc., the global leader in iris recognition technology and a member of the Texas Instruments Design Network, has been awarded with STQC certifications for iris authentication devices to be used in India's UIDAI project, which is currently about halfway to its ambitious goal of providing a unique ID to each of its 1.2 billion residents. IriTech received certifications for all three submitted camera models, namely IriShield MK 2120U, IriShield BK 2121U and IriHerald 1000MK.

To be certified, a product has to survive several rigorous tests, including the field FRR (False Reject Rate) test where it is required to operate in real-field environment (i.e., under varying lighting conditions and with actual human population) and output ISO 19794-6:2011 KIND-7 (cropped and masked - K7) images with sizes less than 2.5 KB to be sent to UIDAI's server for authentication. Any authentication attempt with an image other than K7 will be considered as noncompliant and strictly treated as a REJECT (NON-MATCH).

"That was a tough test," said Dr. Daehoon Kim, CEO of IriTech. "Not only should the device work robustly in various environmental conditions from dawn till dusk, but the associated K7 generator also has to be highly accurate to maintain sharp iris patterns under such a severe compression rate. Any error in extracting iris, pupil or eyelid boundaries will ruin the whole K7 record no matter how good the original captured image is. While the tolerance is set at 1%, IriTech is known to have passed the FRR test with an outstanding result."

According to IriTech, while the three certified devices share the same features of auto capture with built-in quality assessment and IEC 62471 - (eye safety) compliance, each was designed to meet different needs of customers.

  • IriShieldTM MK 2120U: a fully embedded monocular iris camera with ultra-compact form factor. Beyond an easy-to-use capturing feature, it is additionally embedded with several iris algorithms such as template generation and matching, ISO-compliant (K3/K7) image generation and PKI security functions completely on-board, allowing it to work smoothly with Windows/Linux machines and also with less powerful Android mobile devices.
  • IriShieldTM BK 2121U: a binocular (two eyes at a time) version of IriShield MK 2120U, sharing the same functions and capabilities with a relatively longer capturing distance.
  • IriHeraldTM 1000MK: a portable and easy-to-use monocular capturing device with USB interface.

For more information about the three devices and their quantity pricing, please contact IriTech Sales Team at [email protected].

About STQC

Standardization Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Directorate is an India's government body providing quality assurance services in the area of Electronics and IT through countrywide network of laboratories and centers. STQC laboratories are having national/international accreditation and recognitions in the area of testing and calibration. Learn more at

About IriTech, Inc.

IriTech is a Virginia-based iris technology provider well-known for its unique and accurate iris matching and iris image assessment algorithms. By embedding those algorithms into ultra-compact hardware, the company pioneers in introducing cost-effective yet high quality, easy-to-use and platform-independent iris cameras. Besides encased versions for end-users, the cameras can also be supplied as OEM modules with extensive SDK (software development kit) for customers to manufacture their own branded devices and/or develop their own application software. For more information on IriTech's various hardware and software product lines, please visit

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About the Texas Instruments Design Network
IriTech, Inc. is a member of the TI Design Network, a premier group of independent, well-established companies that offer products and system-level design and manufacturing services complementing TI's semiconductors to a worldwide customer base to accelerate product innovation and time-to-market. Network members provide product design, hardware and software system integration, turnkey product design, RF and processor system modules, reference platforms, software development, proof-of-concept design, feasibility studies, research, certification compliance, prototyping, manufacturing, and product life cycle management. For more information about the TI Design Network, please visit


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