What is iris recognition?
Iris scanning biometrics measure the unique patterns in the colored circle of your eye to verify and authenticate your identity. Contactless, fast and renowned for its accuracy, biometric iris recognition can operate at long distances, with some solutions that leverage the modality requiring only a glance from a user.
Where can I find iris recognition?
Iris-based identification requires specific hardware to be used, unlike software based modalities such as face and voice recognition, so it is less common in consumer facing deployments. But thanks to recent innovations in biometrics that have made the technology more accessible in terms of cost and installation, iris biometrics is becoming more prominent across the vertical markets and also in the consumer electronics sphere.
Iris recognition is commonly used as a physical access control modality, ideal for high throughput environments that demand speed and accuracy. It is also used frequently in border control deployments, able to identify travelers as they enter and exit countries by land, sea and air.
Recently, iris scanners have made their way onto consumer mobile devices, a development that has some heralding the rise of iris recognition in FinTech, IoT and other hot verticals. Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 features an iris scanner, as do the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL Windows phones, and multiple editions of the Fujitsu Arrows devices available through NTT Docomo—a mobile carrier that is seen as a pioneer in the world of smartphone iris biometrics.
How is iris recognition making a difference?
Winthrop University has long been an example of iris biometrics in action, with its EagleEye attendance tracking system.
Iris scanning plays a key role in the biometric border control pilot project underway at the Otay Mesa US-Mexico land border.
Iris biometrics are used to protect CERN, the scientific facility in Geneva, Switzerland, famous for housing the Large Hadron Collider.