Discover Germany, Issue 53, August 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Special Theme  |  Consumer Electronic & Technology Trends 2017

Finger and face recognition scanner.

Osram iris scan.

Protection in the blink of an eye Password-based protection for smartphones and tablets is becoming less and less reliable, but increasingly important as we organise our entire lives from our mobile devices. Osram Opto Semiconductors is leading the way to the future of biometric identification with applications like infrared iris scanning and facial recognition. TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE  I  PHOTOS: OSRAM OPTO SEMICONDUCTORS

It is hard to imagine a world without smartphones and tablets. We manage our daily lives from these handy little devices and enjoy the freedom they give us. But our mobile companions store sensitive and valuable data, from confidential business emails to anything connected to banking apps or online shopping. The list is endless and there is no question that we need to safeguard our devices against unauthorised access. The answer lies in biometric identification.

conquering futuristic grounds. They develop a wide range of high-tech products for various applications: precise optical sensors for health monitoring, infrared LEDs for automotive security systems as well as high-performance LEDs for street and tunnel lighting.

This is where one of the major drivers of innovation in illumination, visualisation and sensing, Regensburg-based Osram Opto Semiconductors, lends a strong helping hand.

The pattern of an iris is unique. During the biometric ID process, scanners illuminate the eyes with infrared light and a picture is taken and analysed for its pattern. A similar process is used for face recognition, which analyses our unique typical features. Both methods require bright and even illumination so that the pictures are

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One of the pioneers’ most recent projects is the special infrared LEDs, which form the basis of iris and face recognition also usable on mobile devices.

usable. Osram’s infrared LED lights offer the perfect solution without dazzling the users. “Access control as a whole is becoming increasingly important and iris and facial recognition are two of the most reliable methods here,” explains Nina Reiser, marketing manager at Osram Opto Semiconductors. “Following in the footsteps of consumer markets, industry is now showing more interest.” The innovative scanning process with infrared lights safeguards our data, simply in the blink of an eye. Protecting your personal data has never been easier.

Osram iris scan product.