Iris Scanners & Recognition 


Iris cameras perform recognition detection of a person’s identity by mathematical analysis of the random patterns that are visible within the iris of an eye from some distance.  It combines computer vision, pattern recognition, statistical inference and optics.

Of all the biometric devices and scanners available today, it is generally conceded that iris recognition is the most accurate.  The automated method of iris recognition is relatively young, existing in patent since only 1994.

The iris is the coloured ring around the pupil of every human being and like a snowflake, no two are alike.  Each are unique in their own way, exhibiting a distinctive pattern that forms randomly in utero,  n a process called chaotic morphogenesis.  The iris is a muscle that regulates the size of the pupil, controlling the amount of light that enters the eye.

Iris recognition is rarely impeded by glasses or contact lenses and can be scanned from 10cm to a few meters away.  The iris remains stable over time as long as there are no injuries and a single enrolment scan can last a lifetime.

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Some medical and surgical procedures can affect the overall shape and colour of an iris but the fine texture remains stable over many decades.  Even blind people can use this scan technology since iris recognition technology is iris pattern-dependent not sight dependent.

Iris scanning is an ideal way of biometric identification since the iris is an internal organ that is largely protected by damage and wear by the cornea.  This makes it more attractive then fingerprints which can be difficult to recognize after several years of certain types of manual labour.

The iris is also mostly flat and controlled by 2 muscles so it helps make the iris movements more predictable then facial recognition.  Even genetically identical twins have completely different iris patterns.

Iris cameras, in general, take a digital photo of the iris pattern and recreating an encrypted digital template of that pattern.  That encrypted template cannot be re-engineered or reproduced in any sort of visual image. Iris recognition therefore affords the highest level defence against identity theft, the most rapidly growing crime.

The imaging process involves no lasers or bright lights and authentication is essentially non-contact. Today’s commercial iris cameras use infrared light to illuminate the iris without causing harm or discomfort to the subject.

Before scanning of the iris takes place, the iris is located using landmark features.  These landmark features, and the distinct shape of the iris allow for imaging, feature isolation and extraction.  Localization of the iris is an important step in iris recognition because, if done improperly, resultant noise (i.e.: eyelashes, reflections, pupils and eyelids) in the image may lead to poor performance.

The general uses of iris recognition so far have been: substituting for passports (automated international border crossing); aviation security and controlling access to restricted areas at airports; database access and computer login; premises access control; hospital settings including mother-infant pairing in maternity wards; "watch list" screening at border crossings; and it is under consideration for biometrically enabled National Identity Cards.

Having only become automated and available within the last decade, the iris recognition concept and industry are still relatively new.  Through the determination and commitment of the iris industry and government evaluations, growth and progress will continue.

Iris Scanner Solution Providers:

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IDtech360 is dedicated to offering clients the latest advancements in accountable identity control solutions. Offering a full suite of access and identity management security products based on the latest fingerprint, iris and facial biometric technologies, IDtech360 provides hardware and software systems that offer significantly greater accountability and control beyond the process of verifying and granting access to cards or tokens alone. Our technologies are field proven, multi-modal and meet the challenging needs of both private and public sector clients who look to know the answer to “who” with a higher degree of certainty. IDtech360 is headquartered in Homewood, Alabama and serves clients across the globe. For more information, visit www.idtech360.comProduct & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners, Facial Recognition, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access.

Anviz Global Inc. is a pioneering company in the intelligent-biometric security industry. The U.S.-based company specializes in Biometrics, RFID and Surveillance devices. The company has been providing solutions to a broad range of partners in commercial, industrial, and governmental sectors. In all, Anviz’s network of partners and consumers consists of over 160 million users and spans 100 countries. Products and Services: Logical Access Control, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition

SRI Sarnoff is an industry-leader in indoor/outdoor iris enrollment and recognition at a distance and on the move since 1995. SRI’s Iris on the Move® family of products perform fast, accurate identity authentication in all lighting conditions. These systems deliver unprecedented security without compromising throughput or ease of use. Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Biometrics Security, Border Control/Airports, Healthcare, Mobile Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance


Iris ID has been the key developer and driver of the commercialization of iris recognition technology since 1997. IrisAccess, now in a 4th generation, is the world’s leading deployed iris recognition platform. Found on 6 continents, in thousands of locations, authenticating the identities of millions and millions of persons, more people in more places authenticate with IrisAccess than with all other iris recognition products combined. Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Border Control/Airports, Financial and Transactional


MorphoTrak, recently named Biometrics Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan, provides biometric and identity management solutions to a broad array of markets in the U.S. including law enforcement, border control, driver licenses, civil identification, and facility/IT security. L-1 has been acquired by Morpho, and is now part of Morpho, Safran’s security division. Reporting to Morpho, MorphoTrak is part of the world’s largest biometric company and leading innovator in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as secure credentials. For more information, visit   Products & services: Biometric Sensors and Detectors, Facial Recognition, Fingerprint Readers, Iris Scanners & Recognition, Smart Cards, Border Control / Airports, Consumer / Residential Biometrics, Justice / Law Enforcement, Logical Access Control, Mobile Biometrics, Other Uses of Biometrics, Physical Access Control, Time and Attendance, Hand Readers & Finger Scanners, Middleware/Software, Vein Recognition. 


Smart Sensors continues to innovate in technology for iris biometrics feature extraction, key creation and matching. We work closely with our customers to build iris recognition engines, both through collaborative development and by supplying development tools for various product, camera and processor platforms. Let us help you realise the benefits of highly competitive solutions.  Products & Services: Iris Scanners & Recognition, Financial and Transactional, HealthCare Biometrics, Mobile Biometrics


Smartmatic is a multinational company that designs and deploys technological solutions aimed at helping governments to fulfill, in the most efficient way, their commitments toward their citizens. With a wide and proven experience in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Smartmatic is an important cutting-edge technology supplier for Governments. Smartmatic has more than 600 employees worldwide, with offices in the U.S, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Barbados, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Philippines, India and Taiwan. For more information, please visit Products & Services: Fingerprint Readers, Facial Recognition, Biometrics Consultants, Iris Scanner & Recognition, Voice / Speech Recognition, Border, Justice, Other, Physical Justice / Law Enforcement, Border Control, Physical Access Control, Other


Crossmatch Technologies is a leading global provider of biometric identity management systems, applications and enabling technologies to governments, law enforcement agencies and businesses around the world. Offerings include biometric technologies capable of wireless, mobile or stationary use that encompass fingerprint, palm and full-hand scanners, facial recognition systems, iris scanning technology, document readers, biometric software, and related services. Products & Services: Border Control, Facial Recognition, Financial/Transactional, Fingerprint Readers, Hand Readers, Healthcare, Iris Scanners, Justice/Law Enforcement, Middleware Software, Mobile Biometrics, Other.

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