New Iris Innovations May Bring Eye-Based Biometrics To The Masses

Eye_iris-620x350Iris biometrics company IriTech has announced a major innovation in the world of strong identity management. The company has developed a new technology that can allow for iris capture under bright sunlight conditions – something that has been considered a major (if not the major) obstacle in bringing the modality to mainstream markets.

IriTech claims that its new technology, which can capture and process iris images under very bright conditions (over 100,000 luma of direct sunlight), will boost the adoption rate of the specific type of biometric technology, particularly in the hot and emerging markets of mobile, wearable and connected car tech.

What’s more is that IriTech claims that any additional cost in implementing the upgraded iris recognition functionality will be minimal at most (and possibly even negligible). Solving the long standing issue of capturing iris images under direct sunlight used to require large and expensive add-ons.

“This is finally a viable solution to take iris recognition mainstream,” says IriTech CEO Dr. Daniel Kim. “Especially at a time when mobile devices and automobiles are embracing biometrics. Our technology will make sure the user experience is not compromised in bright environments.”

The applications for this kind of innovation in iris biometrics are wide ranging. Allowing users to authenticate in outdoor lighting makes iris recognition much more viable in the mobile markets.

Dr. Kim comments on this increased range of application, saying, “Iris recognition was highly utilized by military forces and government institutions but to make it into the B2C markets such as mobile devices, wearables and automobile, IriTech’s ‘outdoor capturing technology’ will become a requisite.”

IriTech’s new developments have direct benefits in regards to the company’s previously announced projects, namely FiDELYS: the iris recognition smartwatch.

There has also been a long standing rumor that Samsung is interested in embedding iris recognition technology into its smartphones. Having iris biometrics surface as a consumer technology would likely go a long way in furthering the paradigm that many industry professionals have believed to be necessary for some time: that the future of all authentication is multi-modal.