Primarily known for its facial recognition technology, the company says it began working on the new modality less than six months ago, and that it has developed an incredibly fast and accurate iris solution that’s already secured a high rank in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s IREX evaluation program. What’s more, it demonstrated an accuracy rate of 99.3 percent when evaluated for two-iris matching, with a false positive rate of one percent.
The development comes after ROC.ai revealed it has created a fingerprint recognition algorithm at the end of last year. That, too, delivered impressive results in independent testing conducted by NIST, particular with respect to speed. ROC.ai asserted that its fingerprint algorithm demonstrated speeds more than 10,000 times faster than the algorithms of all other participating vendors.
In a statement, ROC.ai co-founder and Chief Scientist Brendan Klare attributed the firm’s engineering success to “a combination of the pattern recognition scientific principles espoused by the seminal textbook Pattern Classification, a blue-collar work ethic and mentality, and software engineering trade secrets that for nearly a decade now have landed ROC as the fastest and most efficient computer vision algorithm developer in the world.”
CEO Scott Swann, meanwhile, emphasized the firm’s position as a firmly American-rooted AI specialist. “We’re developing from the ground up, here in the U.S., and competing head-to-head with established foreign biometric giants,” he said.
On that note, the company has also seen its facial recognition deployed for school security in the US, and is now preparing an upgrade to its facial recognition system deployed in schools in West Virginia’s Marion County. The security system will be enhanced to notify administrators if a registered sex offender is detected on school property.
The Marion County Board of Education made its decision to deploy ROC tech in September of last year; and the biometric technology is currently used for access control, allowing registered individuals to pass through school entrances hassle-free while others are flagged for a manual security check. The upgrade is being provided at no extra cost to the school system.
December 5, 2023 – by Alex Perala