AOptix releases new iris recognition system

CAMPBELL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AOptix Technologies, today announced the commercial product release of InSight, their highly innovative iris recognition system. The InSight, which operates at a nominal 2 meter stand-off distance, employs the company’s proprietary Adaptive Optics technology to fully automate the subject experience. It is targeted at a variety of end-users, including border and immigration control, ID card programs, aviation security, and access control applications.

Subject human factors challenges have been the primary cause of slow adoption of iris recognition, a biometric modality that has the promise of being the most user friendly and accurate of any modality. Up until now, conventional iris recognition systems have required the subject to accurately place their eyes in a very small capture zone, a process that is difficult for many people, especially those enrolling for the first time. In interacting with the InSight system, the subject merely needs to stand in its very large capture volume, look at the device, and open his or her eyes. The system does all the work of finding the subject and locating the eyes for iris biometric imaging, automating the entire process.

"We believe that the InSight system has taken biometric usability to the next level," said Phil Tusa, VP of Biometrics Programs for AOptix. "No other iris recognition system that meets ISO imaging standards is as effortless for the subject. It’s also very fast, enabling utilization in high throughput, queuing applications, such as access control and border crossing."

The InSight establishes an unprecedented capture volume of about .75 cubic meters that is 1 meter deep and 1 meter tall at mid-plane allowing for a range of subject heights including coverage of wheelchair users. The system is housed in a single, compact enclosure that contains all optics, electronics and interfacing hardware. It is configured as a network appliance for easy integration into end-user identification and authentication systems, including physical access control, for which the InSight offers an optional Wiegand and RS-485 interface.

AOptix is hosting a product launch kick-off event in the Washington DC area the week of March 2, 2009, to which it is inviting prospective end-users, system integrators, industry consultants and industry media. First production deliveries of the InSight system will begin in April of this year.