LG Electronics targets airport security market

February 2002 Access Control & Identity Management

LG Electronics is targeting the Middle East airport security market with the introduction of an Iris Recognition and Identification System (IRIS) similar to that recently installed at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport, the world's first airport to use iris recognition as a security check.

The Schipol system scans and registers 266 traits of the colour around the pupil of the right eye and records the data onto a personal ID card allowing passengers to use fast check-in counters or zip through passport control by looking into a scanner for a second or two.

The Iris Access system works with the user positioning their left or right eye between 5 and 25 cm from the viewing aperture of the remote optical unit outside the door to a building or secure room. When the user's eye is in focus, the camera grabs a single frame of the image. Individual patterns within circular grids are analysed and transformed into an Iris Code record, the equivalent of a 'human bar code'.

This Iris Code is then registered on a computer's identification database and can be accessed or stored to authenticate identification. The initial scan can take a few seconds but once an Iris Code is on an identification database user authentication takes less than two seconds. Images can be acquired even if users wear glasses or contact lenses, and can also be verified at night.

For further details contact LG Electronics on tel: (011) 804 2001.

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