Scanning the iris

A recognition system automatically detects the position of the eyes, scans the iris, and then identifies individuals by comparing the captured image of the iris with those stored on a database.

The Oki Electric Company has unveiled a new version of its iris recognition system, the IRISPASS-WG. The new system automatically detects the position of the eyes, scans the iris, and then identifies individuals by comparing the captured image of the iris with those stored on a database.

The company will begin shipping the system into the Japanese market on July 1, 2002.

Oki offers various security systems based upon iris recognition technology, including the IRISPASS-S Gate Management System, which functions as a key at the entrance, and the IRISPASS-h, a compact authentication unit that can be connected to a PC.

Since its introduction in 1998, the IRISPASS-S system has been installed at more than 200 locations in Japan. The systems have been used around 10,000 peoples with no false-acceptance errors reported after more than 10 million authentications.

The newly introduced IRISPASS-WG system is a new version of the IRISPASS-S. It retains the iris recognition function of the previous model, but also sports new software that automatically detects the position of the human eyes as well.

The required time for authentication is about three seconds.