Chinese biometrics firm Techshino has announced that a Chennai-based Indian company, Applied Data Logix (ADL), has adopted iris recognition identity technology from the company to bolster its tea pickers time and attendance management solution.ADL designs and offers staff management solutions for customers in various industries. It decided to embrace the emerging iris recognition for operators of large tea estates, because tea pickers typically have dark-colored fingers and worn-off fingerprints. This ruled out fingerprint scanning, which has dominated the Indian market. Iris recognition's advantages include being contactless, stable, and hard-to-forge. Techshino's monocular iris module TCI311 meets ADL's simplicity requirement and passed a stringent humidity test. The TCI311 iris module supports RS-232 interface and does not require an operating system to work. “We finally chose Techshino over another big player in iris biometric field. With Techshino working side by side with our hardware team, we felt we are in good hands,” said Koteswaran, the managing director of ADL. “So far, our tea estate clients are very happy with the new solution. It is cost-effective, easy to easy, and prevents payroll frauds to a great extent.”In January, Indian biometrics expert Nandan Nilekani predicted that budget smartphones using iris scanners could become an important authentication tool for his country's biometric Aadhar unique ID number project.