Funny how technology can sneak up on you. Literally.
Iris (eye) recognition technology has been shown over the years in TV shows like NCIS and in movies like “The Island”, Stephen Spielberg’s 2002 science fiction film, “Minority Report” and in the a recent 2014 Sundance Film Festival award-winning, “I Origins” (2014).
However the interesting thing is that iris recognition technology is a reality — being used around the world including in Singapore and now in Australia! The firm, Sierra Solutions in Singapore and now the local firm, BlueLens Consulting, have done some clever work with the product, “EyeLock”, out of the U.S.
For example, organisations in the hospitality industry such as a major top-class hotel in Singapore, have done away with manual swipe card systems that are subject to sabotage and damage and have replaced them with the reliable and secure EyeLock Iris scan recognition systems for over 700 employees — and this success has been proven over the past 4 years.
It has also a strong track record of success for demanding environments like government and defense organisations — including wide-spread ethical use in immigration.
Iris recognition is “an automated method of biometric identification that uses mathematical pattern-recognition techniques on video images of one or both of the irises of an individual’s eyes, whose complex random patterns are unique, stable, and can be seen from some distance. Iris recognition uses video camera technology with subtle near infrared illumination to acquire images of the detail-rich, intricate structures of the iris which are visible externally.
Digital templates encoded from these patterns by mathematical and statistical algorithms allow the identification of an individual. Databases of enrolled templates are searched by matcher engines at speeds measured in the millions of templates per second per (single-core) CPU, and with remarkably low false match rates. [Wikipedia]”
Corporates globally like Coca Cola, Bank of America, Google and Goldman Sachs have used and are using this technology successfully and effectively.
Additionally, and powerfully, several hundred millions of persons in several countries around the world have been enrolled in iris recognition systems for convenience purposes such as passport-free automated border-crossings and for some national ID programs – with appropriate privacy controls.
“A key advantage of iris recognition, besides its speed of matching and its extreme resistance to false matches, is the stability of the iris as an internal and protected, yet externally visible organ of the eye”.
The eyes do have it!