Iris Recognition Gets Faster and Less Invasive

April 24, 2006
Sarnoff and Honeywell unveil a solution to capture irises as people move

At the American Association of Airport Executives annual conference in San Diego today, Sarnoff Corporation and Honeywell joined forces to demonstrate a technology that speeds up iris recognition.

Sarnoff's Iris-on-the-Move technology moves iris recognition procedures forward from having users stand still as a sensor takes a "photo" of their eye, and allows for rapid capture of the iris.

According to the company, the technology can capture the iris while a person is in motion, and can process up to 20 people per minute. The technology was demonstrated in an environment designed to simulate an airport security need, and is purported to be able to capture irises at a normal walking pace, even if a person is wearing glasses or contacts.

Sarnoff reports that the Iris-on-the-Move technology can capture irises from up to three meters away, and that the standard system design can capture irises of people between 5'3" and 6'3" (with other modules available for different heights).

The technology has already made a debut at some government facilities, and according to Sarnoff, the technology is sufficiently fast enough to work in access control situations. If anything, it proves that iris recognition, long thought to be somewhat problematic because of its throughput issues and its invasive nature, may have overcome two of the chief complaints that its detractors always listed.