EyeLock Partners with ViaTouch to Bring Iris Authentication to Smart Shelf Vending

EyeLock Partners with ViaTouch to Bring Iris Authentication to Smart Shelf Vending

Iris-based biometric authentication specialist EyeLock has signed an agreement with ViaTouch Media that will integrate EyeLock’s iris recognition technology within ViaTouch’s smart-shelf vending solution, Vicki.

Calling the new partnership a “major breakthrough,” EyeLock CEO Jim Demitrieus said the agreement was the culmination of years of working with leaders from a variety of industries to bring embedded security solutions to market. “This win is indicative of the many potential commercialized applications for iris authentication,” Demitrieus said. “The ViaTouch partnership underscores an innovative approach to protecting consumer identity and transaction security.”

EyeLock’s iris authentication will be deployed as part of the interface for Vicki (ViaTouch Intellishelf Cognitive Kinetic Interactions), a smart shelf vending machine with an AI-enabled shopping assistant. Formerly known as Lisa, Vicki engages consumers by authenticating them, learning their preferences, providing loyalty, rewards, and discounts, and using smart shelf technology to note what products shoppers are viewing as well as  which they are selecting and deselecting. The virtual clerk-powered machine communicates using directional speakers so that only the person standing in front of it can hear the conversation.

The company said EyeLock-enabled machines will be available early in the second quarter of 2018. ViaTouch Media CEO Tom Murn said the solution, which will be operated on First Data online payment networks, will “create the most secure AI iris authentication self-checkout payment solution in the world.”

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in New York City, Eyelock demonstrated its USB-powered Iris Identity Authenticator, myris, at FinovateFall 2014. A majority-owned subsidiary of Voxx International Corporation, the company announced a trio of new patents last month, affirming the company’s innovations in iris and facial imaging, biometric matching, and visual guidance in gaze alignment.

“We continue to achieve significant technical breakthroughs that have served as significant barriers to market-wide adoption of iris authentication technology,” EyeLock CTO Jeff Carter said. “With each successful patent, we are able to expand our IP to deliver the fastest, most cost-effective and easy-to-use solutions that our end users require.”

EyeLock has spent much of 2017 forging major partnerships that will bring its full suite of hardware and software access control solutions to customers throughout North America and around the world. In October, EyeLock teamed up with Australian security solutions vendor, CSD (Central Security Distribution), and in August, the company signed a licensing agreement that will enable the company to build iris authentication solutions for Qualcomm Technology’s Qualcomm Mobile Security platform. A May partnership with STANLEY Security, an integrated security solutions provider and division of Stanley Black & Decker, rounds out a busy year of partnerships for EyeLock.

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  • EyeLock Partners with ViaTouch to Bring Iris Authentication to Smart Shelf Vending
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Around the web

  • PPRO, Klarna team up for credit payment methods across Europe.
  • Mastercard plans its own blockchain.
  • GeoAwesomeness profiles San Francisco startup, MapD.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Alumni News

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  • Check out sneak peeks from FinovateSpring demoing companies SpeechPRO, CallVU, ACH AlertnanoPay DefenseStorm, and SuperMoney.
  • InComm Partners with WeChat Pay Parent Tencent.

Around the web

  • PYMNTS.com looks at Payoneer and escrow service as a way to support B2B payments.
  • SelfScore launches Achieve Card to provide international students with access to credit.
  • New service from Azimo enables money transfers with just a phone number.
  • PYMNTS profiles LendUp’s target market focus.
  • Loan validation firm Global Debt Registry Adds Prosper to Network.
  • DemystData celebrates its one-year anniversary in Singapore by expanding its offices.
  • EyeLock receives patent for sequentially linking iris matching with facial imaging.
  • Wired gets into the algorithmic brains of Quantopian.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

EyeLock’s New Launch Improves Iris Recognition Tech

EyeLock’s New Launch Improves Iris Recognition Tech

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There are plenty of reasons I stopped using my bank’s finicky iris-scanning mobile-authentication technology to log in and check my account balance. Plagued with issues caused by glasses, glare and sunlight, I switched to using a 4-digit PIN for the foreseeable future. This week iris authentication company EyeLock released a new technology to remove some of the friction associated with the technology and boost adoption rates.

The New York-based company’s new technology authenticates at a distance of 60 cm and works with glasses, contact lenses, and even in bright daylight, making EyeLock even more user-friendly. EyeLock CEO Jim Demitrieus refers to the new technology as a “significant scientific breakthrough.” In a press release, Demitrieus added that it “solves the usability and security impediments that have long been an obstacle for mass-market adoption.”

EyeLock owns and controls the entire software and algorithm stack, which helps it to create a more secure solution. Founded in 2006, the company has raised $3 million in funding. At FinovateFall 2014 the company debuted myris, a USB-powered identity authenticator that converts a user’s iris into a unique, encrypted code for secure website access.

Earlier this year, EyeLock opened an IoT Center of Excellence to further develop and expand the distribution of its iris-scanning technologies. In late 2015 the company teamed up with Diebold to create a new concept ATM that connects to the user’s smartphone instead of using a PIN pad, card reader, or screen.

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Around the web

  • Blackhawk Network acquires GiftCards.com and OmniCard for $120 million.
  • EyeLock partners with Diebold to develop new ATM experience using mobile app, QR codes, and iris scanning.
  • Trustly partners with GoldMoney’s BitGold to connect with financial institutions for direct deposits and redemptions.
  • LiveRamp interviews Cardlytics CMO Dani Cushion.

This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Alumni News– January 30, 2015

  • Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Finovate-F-Logo.jpgWipro wins multi-year, IT outsourcing contract from Allied Irish Banks (AIB). Join Wipro in London for FinovateEurope 2015 next month.
  • The Financial Services Blog features more than 20 Finovate alums in its look at the 50 most innovative FinTech firms.
  • MasterCard PayPass partners with St. Petersburg Metro to bring contactless payments to Russian subway.
  • Blackhawk Network unveils Blackhawk Engagement Solutions to build customized incentive and rewards programs.
  • FinovateEurope 2015 Sneak Peek: Part 6 is now up.
  • American Banker highlights Cloud Lending’s role with banks.
  • PYMNTS interviews TSYS Merchant Solutions’ Tom Boyer about changes in the payments acquiring space.
  • Bolstr Raises $1.7 Million in Seed Funding.
  • The blog herald shares an infographic detailing online security methods: Nymiband, Myris, Eyeverify, BehavioSec, Entersekt.
  • Lifehacker features Betterment, Mint, Personal Capital as tools to manage your investments.
  • Bitcoinist features Bitbond. Check them out at FinovateEurope February 10 & 11.
  • BetaBoston: After a successful 2014, student services company SimpleTuition rebrands as Valore.
  • Mitek Q1 revenue up 21% YOY; reports 3,300 financial institutions now signed & 2,700 live.
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

Finovate Debuts: EyeLock’s Myris Device Authenticates Using Iris Identification

The Finovate Debuts series introduces new Finovate alums. Today’s feature is EyeLock, which demonstrated its myris eye scanning device at FinovateFall 2014.


EyeLock links a user’s password to their iris template, enabling them to log into their computer, websites, and applications by scanning their iris on the myris device.



    • Headquartered in New York, NY
    • Founded 2006
    • Device cost: $280
    • Chance of a false iris match is 1 in 1.5 million

The device
myris is an iris-scanning device that plugs into the USB port on a user’s computer and authenticates them by taking a video of their iris. EyeLock associates the iris template with a long and complex password.

Upon first setting up their account on the device, users generate their unique iris ID, then select operating systems, websites, and applications they’d like to log into using myris. From then on, all they need to do to log into those sites is glance at the myris device.


EyeLock sells myris through different channels:

    • Directly to consumers (see Best Buy screenshot below)
    • To businesses for commercial use


Use cases
With the myris application on their computer, combined with the hand-held device, users manage login permissions for myris, as well as multiple users for a single account.

  • Sites, applications, and operating system

With the Sites tab, users scan their iris to log in automatically to websites such as Facebook and PayPal. The Applications tab enables users to securely log into applications such as Skype and Spotify, while the Operating System tab lets users opt to log into their computer using myris. EyeLock supports Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems.


  • Startup and settings

With the Startup tab, the user selects which sites and applications to launch automatically upon turning on their computer. This Autolaunch feature lets users select any number of sites they would like to open simultaneously after authenticating themselves with myris.

The Settings tab is exactly what it sounds like. Users download system updates, add and manage multiple user permissions for shared accounts, and view their account login history.


Since the user’s iris is always with them and is exclusively theirs, myris eliminates the risk associated with lost, stolen or shared login credentials and ID cards. Additionally, scanning an iris is faster than typing in a username and password.

In addition to the digital realm, eyeLock has products that authenticate users on a commercial level to allow access into physical barriers, such as restricted buildings or conference rooms. Check out Eyeswipe-Nano, Eyeswipe-Nano TS, nano NXT and HBOX

EyeLock demonstrated its myris authentication device at FinovateFall 2014.

Alumni News– December 16, 2014

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  • ACCESSbank to deploy turnkey insurance agency courtesy of Insuritas.
  • Klarna payment solution now integrated into ekmPowershop.
  • D3 Banking partners with ProfitStars to offer iPay Consumer Bill Pay.
  • Pymnts interviews Jingit, Spreedly, and TSYS CEOs on what they think will make or break 2015.
  • Pymnts: PayPal Loan Program to Compete with Lending Club.
  • ShopKeep gives free NFC reader to new customers wanting to accept ApplePay.
  • Finovate Debuts: EyeLock’s Myris Device Authenticates Using Iris Identification.
  • Arroweye Solutions to Provide Debit and Prepaid Card Production to DMS Bank & Trust Ltd. 
  • ZenPayroll now lets companies match employees’ charitable donations.
  • Arxan Integrates With IBM Security AppScan and Trusteer Products.
  • Mint launches bill pay and management platform.
  • Entersekt Receives Honorable Mention in 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for User Authentication.
  • Interactions closes strategic deal to acquire AT&T Watson speech recognition and natural language understanding platform.
  • Consumer Reports features AnchorID, Betterment, Blooom, EverSafe, FutureAdvisor, iQuantifi, MaxMyInterest, and Wealthfront in its column, “Bright Ideas for a Prosperous 2015.”
This post will be updated throughout the day as news and developments emerge. You can also follow all the alumni news headlines on the Finovate Twitter account.

EyeLock Launches USB-Powered Biometric Authentication Device

EyeLock Launches USB-Powered Biometric Authentication Device

This post is part of our live coverage of FinovateFall 2014.

EyeLock launched biometric authentication solution, myris:
“Never type a password again– myris is a USB powered Iris Identity Authenticator that grants you access to your digital world. 
myris uses patented technology to convert your individual iris characteristics to a code unique only to you, then matches your encrypted code to grant access to your PCs, e-commerce sites, applications, and data – all in less than 1 second.”
Presenting: Anthony Antolino, Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer, and Jeff Carter, CTO
Product Launch: September 2014
Product distribution strategy: Direct to Consumer (B2C), Direct to Business (B2B), through other fintech companies and platforms
HQ: New York, NY
Founded: January 2006
Website: eyelock.com
Twitter: @EyeLockCorp