Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Scanner "Reads" Iris Pattern

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Scanner "Reads" Iris Pattern

Article excerpt

IriScan has a device which reads an individual's iris to determine identity. Unlike passwords, which can he stolen, biometrics relies upon the measurement of individual physical attributes to green light access to a building or to funds.

Each iris consists of a visible, unique structure derived from a complex combination of coronas, pits, filaments, and striations. The structure of the iris is determined before birth and doesn't change over time, though coloration changes are possible. With the device, a person's "pattern" is scanned against an original that is stored in memory. (It can discern between the right and left eye.) As a result of a match (or lack of it), the device will permit (or deny) access or payment approval. There is a statistically insignificant likelihood of someone else, even a family member, sharing your Iris pattern.

System performance, the company says, depends on acquiring a quality image. Contact lenses and glasses do not interfere with the recognition process, though illumination of the iris is important. …

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