Eye and Iris Scanners Being Deployed At Airports
Biometric identification becoming more prominent, less expensive.
An Eye Scanner (or Iris Scanner) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_recognition is a new way of using iris recognition to quickly identify people moving through checkpoints like airports or other supervised points of entry. Because iris scanning devices do not all have secondary equipment that a real, live eye is being used, they are currently best used in places where it would be obvious that someone was substituting a picture of an eye (or a disembodied one) in place of a living eye. Therefore, having a person watch the process ensures that people aren’t using complex or gruesome workarounds for accessing secure areas. Some eye scanner innovations for the future are expected to include extra spectrums for “live eye” verification or changing light levels to prove that the iris is indeed viable. The use of contact lenses, fake eyes, or other appliances may be an issue in future “gate crashing” incidents, but countermeasures are already being considered for eye scanners. Recently the Department of Homeland Security indicated that it is using eye scanner technology at ports of entry in order to identify illegal immigration issues. Previously, eye scanners have been used in Iraq to certify the identities of tribal members or suspected insurgents. One of the advantages of eye scanner technology is that it can be used as a noninvasive method of biometric authentication for people who may be wearing burkahs..
Notes and Special Information
Special note: There are many biometric access control methods being used around the world, but iris and eye scanners may become popular for their less invasive nature.