Fujitsu unveils new eye scanner; increases security

In the past few years, phone making companies have taken a big measure to maximize security on phones with the introduction of a brand new feature for the smartphone market: The finger print scanner.

While many companies have already integrated this within their phones Fujitsu, a Japanese multi electronics company has developed something they claim to be even more secure; a fully functional eye scanner.

To use the eye scanner, the user must first register their iris onto the phone. To do this one must first position their eyes onto the on-screen guides for a minimum of 20 seconds until the process is completed.

After registration, anytime the user wants to unlock their phone they’ll just simply hold the phone at an approximate 20 centimeters (about 8 inches) away from their face. The phone will then instantaneously recognize the iris.

A Fujitsu representative stated, “The human iris is more complex than a fingerprint and is therefore a more secure method of locking a phone. It also means you don’t need to remember PIN codes, passwords or patterns, which are easy to forget.”

Fujitsu unveiled this feature during the 2015 Mobile World Congress. Amongst some of the presenters at this event was ZTE. ZTE (like Fujitsu) is a company leader in providing telecommunications equipment. Similar in concept and functionality is ZTE’s eye scanner. Like Fujitsu’s version, this features basic purpose is to allow a hands free way of unlocking a phone while still maximizing security. Unlike Fujitsu however, competitor ZTE’s eye scanner scans the users blood vessels within the eyes.

Fujitsu’s iris scanner works by using an infrared camera and LED module to analyze the pattern of the eye. A Fujitsu representative claimed that, “the one in 250,000 failure rate is superior to any other eye scanning alternatives.”

While big things are expected from Fujitsu in the upcoming years, their eye scanner is currently only a prototype and is promised to be featured within upcoming releases later this year.