@Blackberry smartphones now able to supplant #iris for security scans

Blackberry smartphones now able to supplant iris for security scans BlackBerry users can now use their smartphones in place of their iris for security scans. Sounds ridiculous? I kid you not! According to an article in Information Week, Research in Motion (RIM) the company behind the once ubiquitous office accessory made the announcement recently. The latest in the BlackBerry Bold series are able to support this function as they come equipped with NFC capabilities and the new version of their operating system, the BlackBerry 7 is also able to store and transmit the user's identity during security scans. According to RIM, "The system requires a number of pieces to work properly, but the result will let some smartphone users tap their BlackBerry to a scanner rather than flash their baby blues to gain entry to secure facilities and restricted areas."

One of their strategies to regain some of their lost market share, RIM is creating phones that are able to use NFC to transfer information with similarly enabled devices. Having created a device which is secured by HID Global's iCLASS platform, users can be assured by that a global leader in digital security solutions has had a major hand in creating the system. Therefore, all users of BlackBerry's latest products will be able to gain access to secure sites by simply presenting their mobile devices.

You can find out more about the latest identification and authentication technologies at the 2nd annual Digital ID World Asia 2012 exhibition and conference on 25 – 27 April 2012 @ Suntec Singapore from leading solution providers such as HID Global, C-Tech Intelligence & Technology, ARH Inc, Cross Match Technologies, Digital Identification Solutions, Dermalog Identification Systems, Computime, GET Group and many more!


  1. John Lieto

    So, go the trouble and expense of installing an iris reader for access control (which is among the most accurate bio technologies), and then let anyone who has my phone present it to this device and gain access? Doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose, which is to read the person’s baby blues? Didn’t that global digital security leader catch that?

    I know everyone is trying to find applications for the NFC technology, but this one seems to be all sizzle and no steak.

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