Iris recognition gathers global momentum

February 2003 Access Control & Identity Management

It may seem like the stuff of Hollywood movies, but iris recognition is real and making an impact on both First World and developing countries. Canada, Holland, Saudi Arabia, UK, USA and now Pakistan are all implementing this eye-opening technology in a variety of applications.

Using standard video technology, iris recognition devices capture images of the eye from a comfortable distance, without bright lights or lasers - requiring no contact, only cooperation, from its users. It takes only about one second to match an enrolled iris against the database, thereby checking whether the same person has been recorded before.

Airports in Canada, UK and Holland are implementing iris recognition for a variety of secure applications, ranging from customs clearance and immigration to secure border control to speed up travel time for passengers. 19 state prisons in the US are iris-enabled for access control and more recently, an iris recognition medical records management solution has been launched at the University of Alabama.

For further information contact Jo Yuill, Mantis Networks, 011 326 4727, jo@mantisnet.co.za




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