Next generation ‘biometrics on the move’

The US Homeland Security Department has been testing iris scan
technology that is considered a quicker alternative to fingerprints.

Nov 4, 2010
By Paul Jacques
John Boyd

The US Homeland Security Department has been testing iris scan technology that is considered a quicker alternative to fingerprints.

The department ran a two-week test last month at a border patrol station in Texas to help determine how viable iris scanners – that store digital images of people’s eyes in a database – are for potential use in the future

The latest generation cameras can capture images from as much as 6ft away instead of a few inches and the test included one that even works on people as they walk by.

Early forms of iris scan technology were used in about 20 US airports from 2005 to 2008 to identify passengers on the Registered Traveller programme.

Financial companies believe the latest scans can help stop identity fraud and will completely reshape the fraud environment.

In the UK,‘biometrics on the move’ face and iris identification technology is being pioneered by Human Recognition Systems and OmniPerception.

Their cutting-edge platform, delivered for BAE Systems as part of its Investment in Innovation (I3) programme, was showcased at last month’s Biometrics 2010 exhibition.

The system can identify individuals using both face and iris images as the person walks in a causal, non-prescribed manner.

OmniPerception also unveiled its latest innovation in facial surveillance technology that can be used as effective tool in the fight against crime, terrorism and identity theft by providing real-time facial identification.

This system is the ultimate covert surveillance solution which automatically scans faces and checks their identity in seconds, signalling an alert in real-time if a match is found. It can be used in any lighting conditions, from pitch darkness to bright sunlight.

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