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Start-ups disrupt the global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) receivers market

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One can easily observe that, steadily, Start-ups like North Surveying, NVS Technologies, REACH, and Swift Navigation continue to disrupt the industry, bringing low-cost precision receivers to market. According to ABI Research, their goal is to hit an average selling price (ASP) below $100 in the near future. 
And Radiosense draws a lot of attention for its previous work concerning precision GNSS on smartphones. The start-up is now working on automotive solutions in a pilot in Austin, Texas; while Locata focuses on a powerful synchronization and location technology that may find its way into consumer technologies by 2021.

The state of iris scanning for smartphones in September 2016

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One can proudly observe that, iris scanning can gain more popularity due to its higher stability and less susceptibility to external damage.
At the moment, iris scanning remains complementary to the more mature fingerprint scanning. In terms of story, Japanese company Fujitsu was the first to announce iris scanning for smartphones in March 2015.  
Following this momentum, Microsoft introduced its Lumia 950 and 950 XL, ZTE released the Nubia Prague S, and HP launched Elite x3, all with iris scanning. 
Other smartphone vendors are watching the market response to iris scanning. Samsung with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the world’s largest smartphone vendor, to adopt iris scanning technologies. 
At Apple, the technology continues to find its way onto Apple devices.

Iris Scanning Emerge as a Secure ID Trend

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Many analysts across the world are now unanimous on the fact that, mobile payment will boost the adoption of Iris Scanning in Mobile Devices. 
As one of the safest and most convenient ways to secure a smartphone user’s identity, iris scanning is a biometric identification solution that uses mathematical pattern recognition techniques to verify an individual’s identity based on video images of their irises. 
ABI Research forecasts global shipments of smartphones equipped with iris scanners will reach almost 300 million in 2021.
“As the iris is an unchanging, protected, and completely unique feature of the human body, smartphone vendors are gradually incorporating iris scanning capabilities into their products as a secure biometric identification solution to unlock devices or certify mobile payments,” says Marina Lu, Senior Analyst at ABI Research.

Iris sensors in mobile devices

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For those who are unfamiliar, I have a pleasure to recall that, Iris scanning requires no physical contact. This approach makes authentication more seamless than other methods, like entering PIN numbers and scanning fingerprints. 
In effect, Iris sensors in mobile devices include a camera chip and an IRED for illumination of the eyes so that the sensors can detect iris features even in semi-dark conditions.
The sensor can function as a separate unit from the front camera.