The leading developer of iris recognition technology demonstrated the latest version of its PC Iris authentication system at Comdex this week.
Together with data encryption, ocular recognition can provide a secure network where users are identified by their iris patterns. Iriscan has created the PC Iris authentication system, which includes a software package and a handheld imager.
"The system can be used for computer and network security, log-on control, data and records protection and ecommerce," said Michael Sacks, a spokesperson for Iriscan.
Iriscan's technology for personal identification relies on processing the image of the iris of the eye, the colored ring which surrounds the pupil.
"The iris of the eye is the most unique feature of the body. The chances that someone has the same iris as you is one in ten to the 78th power," said Sacks. "Our technology uses 244 points for a video image and fingerprint technology utilizes 35 to 40 images."
Sacks pointed out that the company has licensed its technology to both US and non-US companies, which are creating new products using Iriscan technology.
Sensar, which licensed the technology from Iriscan, along with partners Bank United and Diebold, introduced the first Iris recognition ATM in the US earlier this year. According to Paul Mirenda, director, Iriscan management at Sensar, research shows the matching accuracy of iris recognition is greater than that of DNA testing.
"Bank customers can feel confident when using this technology, because no two people on earth have the same irises. In fact, even the left iris and the right iris of the same person have different identifiable patterns," he said.
Mirenda said that Sensar also ran a trial of iris recognition with Nationwide building society and NCR in the UK. Around 91 per cent of people surveyed about the system said they would choose iris identification in the future over both Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) or signatures and 94 per cent would recommend iris identification to friends and family, Mirenda said.
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