[Photo provided by Lotte Himart Co.]
South Korea’s Lotte Himart Co. has allowed its mobile shopping app users to log on the app through iris scanning, becoming the country’s first home appliance retailer to offer such an advanced and secure authentication service to customers.
The company said that its mobile application users now can log in to their account by simply glancing at their devices after enrolling their iris information as part of identification procedure. The service started Thursday.
Iris recognition has emerged as a more secure biometric scanning technology in recent years compared with other biometric identification procedures such as fingerprint and facial recognitions as it uses video camera technology with infrared illumination to acquire images including structures of irises. Iris information is then switched into digital templates and is encoded and saved in the smartphone, having less prone to theft and hacking. It identifies the user by distinguishing about 200 different biometric patterns such as structures of retina blood vessels.
Lotte Himart said users of Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note FE, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9 smartphones can unlock their mobile shopping application using iris recognition technology. All they have to do is enroll their iris information to their personally-owned handset device and turn on the iris recognition tab on the application screen. They can log in by glancing at the mobile camera. This whole procedure will only take two seconds, which is one tenth of what it normally takes to log in by inserting user identification and password.
An unnamed official from Lotte Himart said the latest iris recognition technology will be used along with fingerprint and facial recognition technologies that the company adopted in January. It will expand the range of new technology application such as simple payment service using biometric information with an aim to provide a more convenient mobile shopping environment, the official added.
By Lee Han-na and Lee Eun-joo
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