Iris recognition offers most accurate biometric password


August 25, 2003

Tuesday August 26, 2003

Iris recognition is seen as the most mathematically unique biometric - the iris of the human eye is absolutely unique and even twins, or an individual's right and left eyes can be differentiated.

According to Australian iris recognition technology specialists Argus Solutions, a 300% leap in demand for biometric security devices is being driven by increased identity fraud in cyberspace.

The Panasonic Authenticam enables individuals to protect access to personal computers using unique "Private ID" iris recognition technology from Iridian Technologies. The device can cater for up to six users, supports secure access to particular applications or folders and as well as reducing the costs associated with password management and document security issues, the camera also provides off-the-shelf videoconferencing functionality.

The Authenticam does not use lasers or bright lights found in retinal "scans", instead taking a video-based image from a comfortable distance of approximately 50cm. It takes about two minutes for initial "enrolment " and each logon thereafter takes less than three seconds to be authenticated.

Iris recognition security systems are also being used to protect access to buildings in Australia where security is a high priority. The LG3000 is primary access control system that uses a "walk-up" camera to give instant, hands free security access, even in high traffic areas.

The LG300 uses a safe CCD video camera image to verify access and poses no danger to the iris with the level of IR radiance meeting US and European eye safety standards according to Argus.

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, (Australia's largest Telco), (Australia's largest employment site),,, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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