Johannesburg-based startup Eagle-Eye Defence is revolutionising vehicle security by introducing biometric authentication which offers car owners enhanced control over their vehicles.
The company’s innovative technology is designed to prevent vehicle theft and curb unsafe driving, providing owners with peace of mind and a robust security solution.
Biometric Authentication for Vehicle Control
Eagle-Eye Defence utilises biometric fingerprint or facial recognition technology to ensure that only authorized drivers can start a car. This advanced authentication process offers an additional layer of security beyond traditional key-based systems. Car owners can remotely control their vehicles through a dedicated mobile app, adding convenience to the security features.
The startup’s system schedules authentication requests at specified intervals, sending alerts to owners or designated managers in case of unsuccessful attempts. This real-time monitoring capability enables immediate intervention and heightened security measures in response to unexpected incidents.
Driving Force for the Innovation
Besides aiming to help reduce South Africa’s carjacking rate, Eagle-Eye Defence’s founder, Iviwe Mosana, was personally motivated to develop the biometric authentication system after suffering a family tragedy in 2016. Mosana’s younger brother stole their parents’ car for a joyride, resulting in an accident that claimed the lives of two friends. The startup’s focus on “preventative and protective aspects of vehicle ownership” reflects a commitment to addressing the human impact of vehicle-related incidents.
Commercial Rollout and Licensing
While Eagle-Eye Defence has successfully tested its biometric authentication solution on five of its own vehicles, the commercial rollout has been temporarily limited by licensing requirements regulated by ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa).
Eagle-Eye currently holds a certificate allowing installation in its own vehicles and has submitted an application for a complete license. Anticipating approval, the startup aims to offer its innovative solution to third-party clients by the mid-2024.
As Eagle-Eye Defence combines technology and personal experience to enhance vehicle security, its biometric authentication system represents a significant step toward preventing vehicle theft and promoting responsible ownership.