Biometric Identification Finally Gets Started
Last October, the UK planned on issuing large numbers of biometric ID cards to stop fraud and terrorism; travellers to the United States will be required to have visas with biometric data by October of 2004.
As it turned out, problems with the fingerprint and iris-recognition hardware and software forced a three month delay in the project. The UK is registering 10,000 volunteers to record and test biometric data; the trial program finally started last week. See Biometric ID card trials delayed by technical problems for more details.
(From Iridian Technologies)
According to Iridian:
"The picture of an eye is first processed by software that localizes the inner and outer boundaries of the iris, and the eyelid contours, in order to extract just the iris portion. Eyelashes and reflections that may cover parts of the iris are detected and discounted.
Sophisticated mathematical software then encodes the iris pattern by a process called Demodulation. This creates a phase code for the texture sequence in the iris, similar to a DNA sequence code. The Demodulation process uses functions called 2-D wavelets that make a very compact yet complete description of the iris pattern, regardless of its size and pupil dilation, in just 512 bytes...
The IrisCode template is immediately encrypted to eliminate the possibility of identity theft and to maximize security.
(From Iridian: Iris Recognition Basics)
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