Iris biometrics specialist EyeLock has opened a new R&D facility in Austin, Texas. Called the IoT Center of Excellence, it extends the company’s national presence, complementing its offices in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey.
In announcing the new facility, EyeLock emphasized the location’s vitality in terms of tech culture. Commenting in a statement, EyeLock CTO Jeff Carter asserted that “Austin has become an epicenter of engineering, computation and advanced machine learning,” adding that the company’s establishment of an R&D facility in the city “will extend our talent advantage over competitors”.
Much of that concern seems to revolve around the Internet of Things, an area of strengthened focus for the company. While EyeLock has previously explored the more traditional consumer electronics space with its iris authentication technology, it has lately adapted it for IoT solutions, and won industry accolades as a result. And considering the growth expected for the IoT market, that focus could yield considerable rewards down the line.
For EyeLock, Austin appears to hold the key to much of that potential. Carter elaborated that the new facility in the city will “enable us to accelerate growth across embedded and IoT solutions, and allow the EyeLock team to work side-by-side with our partners to help implement iris authentication technology to meet the growing needs of their clients.”