Iridian Technologies announced the availability date for its mobile iris recognition camera. The Iris-SDi is an iris recognition camera which connects to a Windows Pocket PC PDA through the SD slot. Iridian plans to provide pre-release versions to select partners in March, 2005 with general availability in second quarter of the year.
The Iris-SDi leverages the SD slot to provide users with remote/handheld iris recognition capabilities using the communication, power, and processing capabilities of the PDA. The Iris-SDi is built on standard Iridian Proof Positive technology. Iridian's Proof Positive architecture ensures that the Iris-SDi is interoperable with the growing imager portfolio from Iridian's hardware partners such as Panasonic and OKI. The price of the Iris-SDi has not been finalized; however, Iridian will meet its design target of creating a mobile offering (PDA plus imager) for less than $1,000.
"This camera has been designed to extend the range of Proof Positive interoperable cameras in the marketplace. Over the last two years, major countries have deployed iris recognition systems for border control systems, registered traveler programs, network access, and for their intelligence applications. The success of these deployments has created a strong demand for a cost-effective mobile camera that interoperates with existing cameras and servers," said Frank Fitzsimmons, Iridian's President and CEO. "The Iris-SDi also demonstrates the continuing reduction in both the cost and size of iris recognition cameras. These advances are opening up new markets including healthcare, law enforcement, and general mobile network access."
The company is actively soliciting interest in OEM opportunities for the camera design.
The Proof Positive(TM) hardware and software certification program from Iridian Technologies confirms that iris recognition cameras and software solutions meet critical standards for performance, interoperability, safety, security, scalability, usability and reliability. Certification includes a series of formal audits and evaluations, including compliance with Iridian's PrivateID and KnoWho application programming interfaces (APIs), data formats, encryption, and countermeasures. Proof Positive certified cameras are interoperable with other certified cameras, not only from the same vendor, but from other vendors as well. Certified cameras easily interface with Iridian's KnoWho server software for maximum performance in searches against millions of records.
About Iris Recognition Technology
Iris recognition technology identifies people by the unique patterns of the iris - the colored ring around the pupil of the eye. Iris recognition is the most accurate, non-invasive and easy-to-use biometric for secure identification.
Iridian's patented PrivateID technology includes camera drivers for IrisCode creation using standard video technology without bright lights or lasers. KnoWho Authentication Server is Iridian's highly scalable server that provides interoperability for all Private ID-enabled cameras and applications. This one-to-all security solution ensures individual authentication against millions of records, and is ideal for public-use applications such as border control or simplified passenger travel.