EyeLock Appoints New Senior VP Of Mobile and Wearables

Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Iris Recognition on a SmartwatchIris recognition company EyeLock announced today that it has appointed a new senior vice president of Mobile and Wearables: Steve Gerber. In this new role, Gerber will be responsible for leading the development of mobile platforms and wearable solutions that leverage EyeLcoks’ biometric iris recognition technology.

Iris recognition has been a popular topic in the world of next generation mobile security, particularly concerning wearables, which apart from presenting a new vulnerability in the mobile ecosystem also demands low-friction (ideally handsfree) security. Samsung has long been rumored to be considering this specific biometric modality for its future mobile devices and IriTech has been taking steps toward an iris recognition smartwatch.

“The market need for biometric solutions across a broad spectrum of consumer and enterprise mobile functions has deepened our focus on expanding the applications of our award-winning technology,” says EyeLock CEO Jim Demitrieus. “Steve’s track record of technology innovation and commercial success will help us to meet the growing demand for expanded applications of our technology in the mobile market.”

According to a press release announcing the appointment, Gerber brings over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry with him to his new role at EyeLock. An expert in human interface sensing in the mobile market, Gerber most recently worked for Maxim Integrated where he held the title of executive director of the company’s Human Interface Business Unit.

Prior to his time with Maxim Integrated, Gerber was took the lead on development of a portfolio of user interface products at Silicon Labs (a company Mobile ID World  readers will recognize from the new earlier this week that the company’s CEO will be delivering an Internet of Things focused opening keynote at Embedded World 2015).

Recently, EyeLock has been in the news for its innovations in iris recognition, namely embedding its biometric tech into a 3D printed car and making a big splash at this years Consumer Electronics Show.