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A shift toward touchless devices during the coronavirus pandemic has been a boon to the biometrics sector. Another factor in the recent increase in use of biometrics is lower prices, which are a symptom of a maturing market and of new technology capabilities. Increasingly, integration of biometrics with access control and other security systems is expanding use cases and sales numbers. For additional insights, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the new trends and opportunities with biometrics (facial, fingerprint, iris and/or voice)?
The concept of how security systems can contribute to the broader business goals of a company is not new. It seems we have been talking about benefits of security systems beyond “just” security for more than a decade. Given the expanding role of technologies in the market, including video and access control, at what point is the term “security” too restrictive to accurately describe what our industry does? We asked the Expert Panel Roundtable for their responses to this premise: Is the description “security technology” too narrow given the broader application possibilities of today’s systems? Why?
Terrorism is in the headlines all over the world. After any such incident, many of us in the physical security market find ourselves asking: What could we have done to prevent it? Assessing risk and preventing catastrophes before the fact are part of our market’s DNA; and yet, too often the random nature of terrorist attacks and their targeting of public places leave us unsure of anything anyone could have done. How can we translate the benefits of our industry’s products into real-world solutions that can prevent terrorist attacks? We presented the question to this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable, and received a variety of interesting responses. Specifically, we asked: How is the recent rise in terrorism impacting the physical security market (e.g., higher demand, different mix of products, etc.)? How should the physical security market respond? What solutions are needed?
Historically, biometrics applications have often been thought of as specialised, high-tech and used predominantly in governmental markets. Everyday systems have tended toward card readers and keypads, while biometrics have been associated with high-security applications. Today, however, biometrics are much more mainstream. Fingerprint readers, in particular, are as near as our smart phones. Many other biometric applications are also becoming more common in a wide variety of markets. We asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What non-governmental markets are likely to embrace biometrics? Which technologies will be most popular?
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Time and attendance has proven to be a successful use of biometric technology traditionally used for controlling access to highly sensitive areas Security technology is increasingly being used to help organisations tackle challenges going far beyond controlling access to office buildings and monitoring parking lot activity. Video, in particular, has become the darling of many markets. Retailers use live and recorded video to assess promotional sales efforts. Manufacturers confirm employees are following mandated safety regulations. Transit officials debunk false liability claims with a review of recorded mobile video. But here’s a relatively new one – biometrics. Long thought perfect for controlling access to highly sensitive public and private research and military facilities, they are showing up in offices, hotels — even in remote fruit fields and sugar processing plants — for employee time and attendance. It’s proven to be a successful use of the broad technology. Risks of mechanical and electronic clocks The process of keeping track of employees’ hours has long been open to fraud and other issues. Mechanical time clocks — in use since the 1800s — and even more modern electronic clocks using magnetic stripe or proximity cards are open to a process known as ‘buddy punching.’ That’s a scheme in which an employee clocks in and/or out for a friend who may be late or not even at work. Mechanical systems are also slow, potentially leading to long queues during shift changes resulting in wasted time and lost productivity. Mechanical cards also need to be keystroked into the payroll system, requiring significant back office time for data entry. Electronic cards can be shared. They may also be lost or stolen, costing additional time and money in back office expense. Even small errors in collecting and processing employee time and attendance can add substantially to the cost of payroll, already a major expense for any organisation. Studies by a leading international human resources consulting firm have shown even small payroll errors and fraud can boost operating costs by up to 10 percent. Biometric time and attendance solution But fraud, delays and lost credentials can be largely eliminated by a biometric solution. Common biometric systems involve hand or fingerprint readers, facial identification or iris recognition. Each technology records and then compares physical characteristics unique to every individual. However, changes in weight, hairstyle, finger or hand size, cuts or even the effects of manual labour can trigger the need for re-enrolment – in all except iris-based solutions. Fraud, delays and lost credentials can be largely eliminated by a biometric solution Iris recognition advantages The structural formation of the human iris (the visible coloured ring around the pupil), is fixed from the first year of life and remains constant. And few people can’t use the technology, as most individuals have at least one eye. Even blind people have successfully used iris recognition. At employee enrolment, iris systems utilise an industry-standard camera to capture an image of the iris. Software converts that to a small template stored in a terminal database. Authentication requires employees to stand roughly 18 inches from an iris reader and the process takes about two seconds. With multiple readers installed, long lines are eliminated. Also eliminated is fraud. Since every user’s iris is unique and required to be present at the reader, time fraud schemes are virtually impossible. The system can also prevent another type of back-office time fraud known as “ghost employees” – non-existent people added to the payroll. Security is also enhanced. The digital templates can’t be used to produce any sort of visual image, affording a high-level of defence against employee identity theft. An iris recognition system can also grant facility access as employee’s clock in for work. Iris recognition case study Here’s an example of how an iris recognition system has benefitted a major Turkish fruit and vegetable grower and one of Europe’s largest providers of juice. The nature of the local work force created a major time-and-attendance challenge. "Fingerprint and facial recognition systems were tried briefly. Facial recognition suffered from workers’ changes in hairstyle, facial hair, glasses and protective gear" New labourers arrive daily seeking work. Once hired, they might work a few days and then leave before returning a week later. Unreliable schedules made standard time cards virtually impossible to manage. The company’s security integrator suggested smart cards as an option. But that wasn’t much of an improvement as authorising, printing, distributing and tracking cards for thousands of on-and-off workers continued the human resources nightmare. Also, improper use of the cards threatened to cut into the company’s profits. Both fingerprint and facial recognition systems were tried briefly. The constant cuts and scars workers get from the manual labour impaired the accuracy of readers. Facial recognition suffered from workers’ changes in hairstyle, facial hair, glasses and protective gear. Daily payroll reports are transmitted to the company’s Istanbul headquarters using wide area networks in the fields and satellite communication. Software links the received data to a payroll module which automatically calculates employee hours and produces paychecks. The system currently has more than 10,000 enrolled workers. More are being added on an almost daily basis. Once a worker is in the system, it doesn’t matter how often he may leave. When he returns, the iris system immediately recognises him. Also, the contactless iris-based technology inhibits the transfer of virus or bacteria as there is no direct employee contact with the biometric readers. If these systems can work in remote areas of Turkey, they can certainly work in downtown Boston. And they do. There, a boutique hotel uses iris-based identity authentication to keep the hours of its employees. The same system also allows VIP guests to enter their suites without a key card. Reductions in cost Recent reductions in both product and deployment costs have made using biometrics, including iris recognition, a practical time and attendance investment for organisations of almost any size and in any location. Of course, biometrics still remains the go-to choice for protecting sensitive locations and international borders, as well as national identity and voter registration programmes.
Iris ID Systems Inc., a globally renowned iris recognition-based identity authentication solutions provider, has announced that it has entered into a global partnership with Remo+ (Olive and Dove Company) for smart home and IoT devices. Iris ID – Remo+ partnership This partnership will broaden the accessibility of home video security and IoT solutions for the global market and enable Iris ID to introduce new products which complement and expand the capabilities of its existing markets. The strategic collaboration will allow Remo+ to access extensive distribution networks for access control solutions, targeting market opportunities where consumers seek a superior security solution that is easy to use and contactless. Biometrics and home security solutions Our partnership with Remo+ is a first in the biometric and home security industry" "Our partnership with Remo+ is a first in the biometric and home security industry,” said Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Global Sales and Business Development, Iris ID, adding “Iris ID and Olive and Dove joined forces to produce innovative solutions for the consumer market. With Iris ID’s extensive global distribution channel and state-of-the-art product portfolio, this partnership will create greater accessibility for these technologies around the world.” He adds, “The Remo+ product brand’s proven track record of designing and manufacturing home security cameras is a perfect complement to Iris ID leadership in the biometric security industry." Exclusive distribution rights for consumer security applications The agreement grants Iris ID exclusive distribution rights for consumer security applications from Remo+ (Olive and Dove Company) in North America and non-exclusive rights in the rest of the world. Products under this arrangement will continue to be sold under the Remo+ brand. Iris ID will continue supporting existing distributors and resellers, while expanding the market for the consumer security marketplace. Murad further stated, “Iris ID looks forward to further collaboration with Remo+ (Olive and Dove Company) for future product development in this market.” Enhancing home security portfolio "We are very pleased to partner with Iris ID and combine forces in our industry,” said Moon-Chul Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Remo+ (Olive and Dove Company), adding “Success in the home security and other markets requires strong application software, as well as a strong sales channel and service support resources, which Iris ID has globally.” He adds, “This agreement allows Remo+ to concentrate on expanding its growing market in the Americas and beyond. We look forward to improving customer support and services through Iris ID’s outstanding worldwide solutions provider network."
Iris ID, the global renowned provider of iris recognition technology solutions, announced that it has begun shipping IrisTime, a new biometric time and attendance platform that offers a fully customisable and accurate solution, to meet the pioneering workforce management needs of small businesses to enterprise organisations worldwide. IrisTime IrisTime also offers a new recognition technique for authenticating employee identity that uses a fusion of iris and face recognition to increase accuracy and convenience of use. IrisTime’s open Android-based platform accommodates hundreds of current time and attendance applications while also enabling independent software vendors (ISVs) to create custom software solutions meeting specific organisational needs. The platform is shipped with a standard app, which is capable of meeting the needs of many organisations of varying size. Iris ID’s IrisTime platform is contactless, an essential consideration during the COVID-19 pandemic" “Furthermore, Iris ID’s IrisTime platform is contactless, an essential consideration during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Global Sales and Business Development, Iris ID. Enhanced accuracy and convenience IrisTime biometric time and attendance platform is unaffected by employees wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, masks and goggles. A recent study by a federal agency showed that systems using only facial recognition technology could be up to 50% less accurate, especially when people wore masks or face coverings. “IrisTime biometric platform uses fast auto-focus to quickly and conveniently authenticate employees’ identity, at distances up to 24 inches,” said Murad, adding “Also, IrisTime’s accuracy is unsurpassed as it is the first time and attendance platform that combines identifying characteristics from both an employee’s iris and face.” Seamless integration with payroll software Murad further stated, “That accuracy, along with seamless integration with payroll software, helps the platform eliminate potential errors while calculating hours worked, as well as benefits such as disability and accrued vacation time.” Using IrisTime, employee authentication takes less than a second, a vital consideration during busy shift changes. While clocking in, the IrisTime screen displays an employee’s name, company I.D. number and photo, along with the time and date of the activity. Biometric technology authentication Biometric technology authenticates identity with no need for employees to present a card Biometric technology authenticates identity with no need for employees to present a card or remember a personal identification number to clock in or out. However, IrisTime integrates with card-based access control systems to create multi-factor authentication at mission-critical sites. The companies that are currently using Iris ID platforms for time and attendance or access control have no need to re-enroll employees in order to use IrisTime software. For any size company, IrisTime provides a high return on investment by eliminating costs associated with administering and managing punch, barcode, magnetic swipe or proximity cards and PINs. The accuracy of the biometric technology ensures the identity of an employee, eliminating the ability of employees to clock in for each other in a costly payroll fraud known as buddy punching. Iris-based authentication systems “Fraud, along with inaccurate or outdated payroll technologies, may cost a business thousands of dollars annually,” said Mohammad Murad, VP of Global Sales & Development at Iris ID. Iris ID currently provides iris-based authentication systems for the world’s top workforce management solution suppliers, such as Paychex and SimplyWork, as well as for many global enterprise customers. Murad adds, “For more than 20 years, Iris ID has been the globally renowned innovator of flexible and reliable iris authentication solutions. Now, we are revolutionising the time and attendance function with a biometric platform, which is aimed at meeting many of the unprecedented challenges facing employers today. IrisTime is the time clock for the modern workforce.”
Iris ID, a provider of iris recognition technology, announced its contactless IrisAccess® biometric technology is being used for employee time and attendance at hotels in Iraq which are part of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, a London-based hotel company that manages and operates 135 luxury hotels in 80 locations worldwide. The Millennium hotels – the Millennium Kurdistan, the Copthorne Hotel Baranan and Millennium Kurdistan Hotel and Spa – are located in the Sulaymaniyah province in the country’s Kurdistan region. Biometric readers The process takes a second to complete and is highly intuitive, requiring virtually no employee training to use" Mohammed Murad, vice president, global sales and business development, Iris ID, said iCAM 7S series biometric readers provide a quick and accurate way to record the time employees work each day. “The process takes a second to complete and is highly intuitive, requiring virtually no employee training to use,” he said. “The iCAM 7S platform automatically tilts to locate a person’s face and iris patterns. Also, it’s important in the COVID-19 era, that the technology is contactless and not impacted by employees wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks and goggles.” Integrate with the payroll management system The iCAM 7S time and attendance units integrate with the hotels’ payroll management system to ensure accurate reporting of hours worked without any manual processes. Iris ID’s highly accurate identity verification technology eliminates a costly payroll fraud scheme known as buddy punching – when one employee signs in or out for another. InfoMet Technologies, an Istanbul, Turkey-based integrator of security and building management systems, installed the Iris ID system in the three Iraqi hotels.
A shift toward touchless devices during the coronavirus pandemic has been a boon to the biometrics sector. Another factor in the recent increase in use of biometrics is lower prices, which are a symptom of a maturing market and of new technology capabilities. Increasingly, integration of biometrics with access control and other security systems is expanding use cases and sales numbers. For additional insights, we asked this week’s Expert Panel Roundtable: What are the new trends and opportunities with biometrics (facial, fingerprint, iris and/or voice)?
Iris ID, a provider of iris recognition technology, announces it has entered into an agreement to provide its contactless IrisAccess biometric readers to Securiport, a global provider of cutting-edge airport security and border management technologies used by dozens of countries around the world. Securiport’s automated kiosks and gates authenticate people’s identities at airports, seaports, border crossings and other critical locations. Dr. Enrique Segura, chief executive officer and president, Securiport, said the addition of Iris ID’s biometric technology to Securiport stations enhances the convenience and safety of travellers, while also helping authorities prevent criminals from crossing borders undetected and uncovering unlawful transnational activities. Securing travel environment “Terrorists and other illegal travellers are increasingly using fraudulent travel documents at points of entry,” he said. “The Iris ID technology, with its reputation for speed and accuracy in verifying a person’s identity, is a valuable addition to our proven, proprietary solutions that deliver a more secure travel environment.” Securiport solutions equipped with Iris ID technology also will contribute to efforts to control the coronavirus Mohammed Murad, vice president, global sales and business development, Iris ID, said Securiport solutions equipped with Iris ID technology also will contribute to international efforts to control the current coronavirus pandemic. “Securiport’s solutions also include proprietary Epidemic Control System software to identify and control possible carriers of viruses such as COVID-19 and Ebola,” he said. Personal protective equipment “Our contactless technology can authenticate identities of people carrying digital health certificates without contributing to the spread of pathogens. Also, our readers are effective when used by people wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks and goggles. We are seeing a big increase in demand around the world for non-contact and frictionless biometric applications.” Iris ID technology, including kiosk-mounted and hand-held readers, is used on six continents by governments to protect borders and correctional facilities. Healthcare organisations verify patient IDs and enterprise organisations use the iris-based solution for access control and employee time and attendance.
Asian Banker magazine recently selected Qatar National Bank for having the “Best Biometrics Initiative, Application or Program in Qatar” for its use of iris recognition systems from Iris ID in some QNB branch ATMs. The bank is the one of the largest financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, with branches, subsidiaries and associate companies in 31 countries on three continents. Biometric Eyes (IRIS) Scan ATM program The deployment of QNB’s Biometric Eyes (IRIS) Scan ATM program, a first-of-its-type in Qatar, is part of the bank’s commitment to innovative solutions to deliver premium services to customers in a safe, fast and convenient way. Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Global Sales and Business Development, Iris ID, congratulated QNB on the award. “QNB should be applauded for staking out a futuristic, leadership position when it comes to improving the security, convenience and safety of its customers as they access their accounts via bank ATMs” he said. “The ease and speed of our contactless iris-based recognition system makes it ideal for use in the financial industry. Our contactless systems have taken on added importance with the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 virus.” Iris ID authentication systems The bank launched its use of the Iris ID biometric solution in ATMs in late 2016. The system enables QNB customers to access their accounts at ATMs without the need of a bank card or PIN. To use the Iris ID solution the bank’s customers, participate in a one-time registration at a QNB branch office. The two-minute process involves taking a digital photo of the iris, which is converted into a small template stored in a secure database. At the ATM, customers need only a second to look into a built-in reader and have their iris pattern confirmed. In addition to the QNB deployment, Iris ID authentication systems are currently used worldwide for access control, time and attendance, national ID programs, border crossings, voter registration and many other applications.
Iris ID, a provider of iris recognition technology, announced the integration of its handheld iCAM M300 multimode platform for biometric enrolment and verification with the FBI-certified Sherlock fingerprint scanner from Spartanburg, S.C.-based Integrated Biometrics (“IB”). The fingerprint reader snaps on to the iCAM M300 to create one lightweight portable unit for field use. Sherlock is certified by the FBI as a FAP 45 fingerprint scanner having met the bureau’s stringent image quality conditions in virtually any environment, including indirect or direct sunlight, dusty conditions and with dry or dirty fingers. The unit can simultaneously scan up to two fingerprints and run for hours connected to the iCAM M300. iCAM M300 Iris ID’s Android-based iCAM M300 is designed for field use in law enforcement, access control, national ID programs, border control and time and attendance situations. The unit’s embedded cameras capture both iris and facial modes. Also included are magstripe and contactless card support, as well as an MRZ reader to verify ePassports. Communications protocols include NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G LTE and more. The combination of the iCAM M300 and Sherlock provides an ideal portable identity enrolment and verification solution “IB is extremely pleased for the Sherlock to be chosen for integration into such a cutting-edge mobile multi-modal identification device,” said David Gerulski, executive vice president of Integrated Biometrics. “Our lightweight, low-power devices, based on IB’s patented Light Emitting Sensor film, are enabling a completely new approach to identification for police, border authorities and more.” Portable identity enrolment and verification solution Mohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development, Iris ID, said the combination of the iCAM M300 and Sherlock provides an ideal portable identity enrolment and verification solution for both public and commercial organisations. “Equipped with Sherlock, the iCAM M300 offers access to the three leading modes of biometric authentication; iris, fingerprint and facial, in a lightweight unit that performs virtually anywhere,” he said. “Sherlock integration is a tremendous enhancement to the growing Iris ID line of biometric authentication solutions.” The Security Industry Association named the iCAM M300 the 2018 New Product Showcase award winner for best mobile app.
Iris ID, a globally renowned provider of iris recognition technology solutions, has announced the integration of its handheld iCAM M300 multimode platform for biometric enrollment and verification with the FBI-certified Sherlock fingerprint scanner from Spartanburg, S.C.-based Integrated Biometrics (“IB”). Sherlock fingerprint scanner The fingerprint reader snaps on to the iCAM M300 to create one lightweight portable unit for field use. Sherlock is certified by the FBI as a FAP 45 fingerprint scanner having met the bureau’s stringent image quality conditions in virtually any environment, including indirect or direct sunlight, dusty conditions and with dry or dirty fingers. The unit can simultaneously scan up to two fingerprints and run for hours connected to the iCAM M300. iCAM M300 multimode platform Iris ID’s iCAM M300 is designed for field use in law enforcement, access control, national ID programs & border control Iris ID’s Android-based iCAM M300 is designed for field use in law enforcement, access control, national ID programs, border control and time and attendance situations. The unit’s embedded cameras capture both iris and facial modes. Also included are magstripe and contactless card support, as well as an MRZ reader to verify ePassports. Communications protocols include NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G LTE and more. “IB is extremely pleased for the Sherlock to be chosen for integration into such a cutting-edge mobile multi-modal identification device,” said David Gerulski, executive vice president of Integrated Biometrics, further adding, “Our lightweight, low-power devices, based on IB’s patented Light Emitting Sensor film, are enabling a completely new approach to identification for police, border authorities and more.” Software integration Mohammed Murad, Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development, Iris ID, said “the combination of the iCAM M300 and Sherlock provides an ideal portable identity enrollment and verification solution for both public and commercial organisations. Equipped with Sherlock, the iCAM M300 offers access to the three leading modes of biometric authentication- iris, fingerprint and facial - in a lightweight unit that performs virtually anywhere. Sherlock integration is a tremendous enhancement to the growing Iris ID line of biometric authentication solutions.” The Security Industry Association named the iCAM M300 the 2018 New Product Showcase award winner for best mobile app.
Iris ID, global provider of iris recognition technology, has announced its IrisAccess biometric platform now integrates with LEAF access cards (smart cards) containing MiFare DESFire EV1 and EV2 technologies. IrisAccess iCAM 7S Iris ID has joined the LEAF ecosystem, and IrisAccess iCAM 7S series products are now interoperable with all certified LEAF Si and LEAF Cc credentials. The integration enables two-factor authentication for enterprise organizations requiring the highest levels of security. LEAF access cards contain embedded DESFire EV2 chips that store employee iris templates generated by the Iris ID software LEAF access cards contain embedded DESFire EV2 chips that store employee iris templates generated by the Iris ID software. The LEAF access cards also contain the access control badge ID number which is only accessible after authentication by an iris match between the template on the card and the individual’s iris. LEAF access cards The chip’s data must match the results of a live iris scan to allow the access control ID number to be transmitted and evaluated by the head-end access control system. The cards incorporate the AES-128 encryption standard and access control ID information for dual authentication. Mohammed Murad, vice president, global business development and sales, Iris ID, said “the integration with the LEAF standards for secure, interoperable access credentials, further enhances Iris ID’s already highly secure and accurate biometric solution and ensure interoperability with other devices in the corporate environment.” Dual identity authentication “Our addition of EV1 and EV2 inherent in LEAF credentials has resulted in immediate positive responses from organisations such as data centers and high-tech facilities requiring dual identity authentication,” he adds. The addition of Iris ID into the LEAF ecosystem is crucial to the growth and adoption rate of LEAF Laurie Aaron, executive vice president of WaveLynx and founding LEAF Consortium partner, said the addition of Iris ID into the LEAF ecosystem is crucial to the growth and adoption rate of LEAF. Moreover, the relationship between WaveLynx Technologies and Iris ID is a natural fit between leaders in their respective technologies. Biometrics “We are thrilled that the entire ecosystem of LEAF-enabled products is now interoperable with the products that are produced by one of the biometric industry leaders,” she said. “Together the products provide a high assurance security credential solution that interfaces with any access control system on the market because the encrypted authentication keys and the biometric template embedded in the LEAF memory structure offers the highest flexibility and security in a single credential.” For a demonstration of the Iris Access technology and the LEAF cards, visitors can come to the Iris ID booth #1281 at the Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019 Sept. 10-12 in Chicago’s McCormick Place.
Iris ID, a global provider of iris recognition technology, announced its award-winning multimode iCAM M300 handheld biometric platform now offers gateless access control, time and attendance and employee mustering for both commercial and government markets. The new functions are possible with embedded XPressEntry software from Telaeris, a provider of real-time personnel tracking solutions. Also using Iris ID’s Iris Access EAC software, the iCAM M300 continues to provide an ideal portable biometric enrolment and identification solution for law enforcement, border control and national ID programs – all from the convenience of an Android mobile device. Users of the iCAM M300 can extend their door-mounted iris readers using a cloud-based mobile server that automatically syncs all users, access and activity data. Handheld solution for iris authentication It is exciting to partner with Iris ID to provide a powerful handheld solution for iris authentication"“The addition of the Telaeris XPressEntry software enables us to add important new functions for our commercial and government customers,” said Mohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development, Iris ID. “The iCAM M300 is now ideal for virtually any use requiring mobile identity authentication.” "It is exciting to partner with Iris ID to provide a powerful handheld solution for iris authentication," said David Carta, chief executive officer, Telaeris. "Iris ID's multimodal device, combined with XPressEntry from Telaeris, allows security integrators and end users to easily integrate mobile iris identification technology into their existing physical access control infrastructure." FBI-compliant 500DPI fingerprint collection The iCAM M300 has embedded cameras for simultaneous capture of both iris and facial modes. An optional snap-on module provides for an FBI-compliant 500DPI, single fingerprint collection. Also included are magstripe and contactless card support, as well as an MRZ reader to verify ePassports. Communications protocols include NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 4G LTE. The Security Industry Association named the iCAM M300 the best mobile app in the 2018 New Product Showcase.
Iris ID, global provider of iris recognition technology, and GenKey, a trusted provider of biometric identification solutions, has announced the integration of iris recognition cameras and matching engine into GenKey’s biometric ID platform, to provide an all-in-one solution for various biometric registration and verification initiatives. Advanced security and privacy Iris ID iCAM TD100 and iCAM T10 cameras and IrisAccelerator matching engine have been integrated into GenKey’s ID solutions. GenKey’s ID platform has helped many governments and organisations to improve inclusivity, reduce fraud and improve time and cost efficiencies. IrisID, the world’s most deployed iris recognition platform, provides advanced security and privacy, which further enhances GenKey’s ID platform. “GenKey’s ID platform is being used to identify and verify millions of people in several countries worldwide,” said Arnd Langguth, chief operating officer, GenKey. “We are experts in fingerprint biometrics, but our ID platform has been designed for multi-modality. Our customers expect proven, secure, high performance, that is why we choose IrisID. IrisID’s IrisAccelerator will plug-in seamlessly into our ID platform.” Iris ID biometrics authentication systems The integration into Genkey’s ID platform now offers full deduplication on both modalities" The Iris ID technology provides a fast, accurate and non-contact method of capturing citizens’ biometrics, identifying people and detecting duplicates. Iris ID authentication systems are used worldwide for access control, time and attendance checks, national ID programs, border crossings, voter registration, and many other applications. The company’s solutions are currently being used by public and private organisations across Africa and on five other continents. Mohammed Murad, vice president of global sales and business development, Iris ID said the company’s technology is a natural fit with GenKey. Integration with GenKey biometrics ID platform “Our cameras are unaffected by dirt, grease, gloves, facial hair and other factors that can limit the quality of registration and identity verification of other biometric systems.” he said. “In addition to its speed and accuracy, our software has been proven to be highly effective for deduplication – the elimination of multiple registrations by the same person. The integration into Genkey’s ID platform now offers full deduplication on both modalities.” GenKey’s ID platform is designed for capturing biographic and biometric data of individuals in small to large-scale registrations and ensuring that each subject stored is unique. Besides its standard registration, verification and reporting modules, the software has customised modules for biometric voter verification, election management and biometric member verification for healthcare, and other use cases.
Iris ID, a global provider of iris recognition technology, announced its iCAM 7S series has been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) under license number R-41110639, the national standards-setting body for India. The recently mandatory BIS certification attests to the safety, quality and reliability of electronic, medical, construction and other many other commercial and consumer products. The iCAM 7S series and other company products are extensively used by India’s Unique Identification Authority as part of the country’s national identity program. Registrations, known as Aadhaar numbers, are used for Indians to apply for a passport, obtain a driver’s license, receive social services and many other daily activities. More than 1 billion citizens are enrolled in the program. Used for access control, time and attendance Once a product has passed BIS certification, manufacturers may use the agency’s mark on products used in IndiaMohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development, Iris ID, said the BIS certification is similar to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standards found throughout the world and the CE mark used in Europe. “We’re pleased to have received BIS certification as India is a very important market for Iris ID,” he said. “Our products are used not only by government agencies, but also by many commercial organisations.” Once a product has passed BIS certification, manufacturers may use the agency’s mark on products used in India. Iris ID authentication systems are currently used worldwide for access control, time and attendance, national ID programs, border crossings, voter registration and many other applications.
Bluffton Self Help, a non-profit organisation providing food, clothing and financial assistance to low-income residents of Bluffton, S.C., has gone high tech with an Iris ID iris recognition system tracking the hours of paid staff and volunteers. An Iris ID iCAM R100 camera replaces mag stripe cards, said Tony O’Brien, president of Sourcecode LLC, a South Carolina-based software development firm. He designed the iris system, as well as a computer network and telephone system for Bluffton Self Help. Saving the cost of purchasing ID cards “When I started working with the group it was still using sign-in sheets for its patrons to receive benefits,” he said. “I helped move them to a swipe card system about seven years ago. Then last summer I suggested to the executive director we could use iris identification to eliminate the cards.” The iris-based system saved Bluffton Self Help from purchasing and printing new and replacement ID cardsAccording to O’Brien, the iris-based system saved Bluffton Self Help from purchasing and printing new and replacement ID cards for the five paid staff members and more than 250 volunteers who regularly use the system. The Iris ID system paid for itself in about five months, O’Brien said. After staff inputs a new volunteer’s data, it takes seconds to enrol the person in the system. The person stands in front of a camera which takes a picture of both eyes (irises). Software turns the photo into a digital template stored on the organisation’s computers network. The same camera is later used to identify volunteers arrive and leave in a process that takes less than two seconds. Monitoring volunteers’ working hours Kimberly Hall, executive director, Bluffton Self Help, said the volunteers, many of them senior citizens, tell her the system is easy and fun to use. “Our volunteers love it,” she said. “And with the touch of a button on our computer we can see how many hours our volunteers have worked.” With the touch of a button on our computer we can see how many hours our volunteers have worked"Hall estimated volunteers annually provide about $1.2 million worth of services. That’s important to know when the privately funded group seeks contributions from donors who often want to make sure the organisation has the manpower to ensure those in need are receiving services. Hall said patrons still use the swipe card system as many are undocumented residents and fearful of new technologies. She hopes education will change that as Iris ID’s stored digital templates cannot be reconstructed to identify a person. Accurate and easy to use systems Mohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development, Iris ID, said the Bluffton Self Help system shows how iris recognition technology is appropriate for virtually any organisation needing identity verification for security or time and attendance. “Systems from Iris ID are affordable, accurate and easy to use,” he said. “They’re no longer just for government organisations or Fortune 500 companies. The company is excited to be a technology provider to many non-profit organisations around the world.”
Iris ID, a provider of iris recognition technology, announced its IrisAccess iCAM 7S series enrollment and system management process is now fully integrated with the latest version of the Honeywell Pro-Watch security management suite. The integration makes it more convenient for Pro-Watch users to employ the added benefits of biometric identity authentication. Pro-Watch 4.4 is the latest version of Honeywell’s popular solution for enterprise and critical infrastructure customers. The Pro-Watch software is a connected building platform to help enterprises meet the most stringent compliance requirements while reaching total cost of ownership by increasing operator productivity with superior flexibility and scalability. With native integration of the iCAM enrollment process, users can now quickly enroll employees for another layer of authentication at key points of entry. Non-contact cameras and readers Iris ID’s iCAM 7S series offers the highest level of speed and accuracy among available biometric technologies. The iCAM cameras use visual indicators and audio prompts to align employees during the enrollment process. Both irises are acquired, and a face picture can be captured for use on an ID badge. Enrollment takes seconds to complete. The system is clean with its non-contact cameras and readers. We’ve thoroughly tested the iCAM 7 Series to ensure the system is well integrated with Pro-Watch" “The Iris ID iCAM 7S series offers our Pro-Watch customers an accurate and easy-to-use solution to help protect the most sensitive areas of any organisation,” said Marcus Logan, global offering leader, commercial security at Honeywell Building Technologies. “We’ve thoroughly tested the iCAM 7 Series to ensure the system is well integrated with Pro-Watch. The Iris ID product is now part of our price book, making it easy for our integrators and dealers to order.” Iris recognition enrollment Mohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development, Iris ID, called the integration of Pro-Watch with the iCAM solution a natural fit between two security systems. “While we’ve seen the IrisAccess system used in conjunction with Pro-Watch for a very long time we are excited that the iris recognition enrollment and management process is now natively integrated into the Pro-Watch client application,” he said. “The iCAM 7S series is ideal for the international scope of Honeywell’s ProWatch suite and its roster of blue-chip users looking to add a layer of non-contact and convenient biometric security.”
Iris ID, a provider of iris recognition technology, announces its iCAM 7S series enrolment process is now fully integrated with the latest version of the Symmetry Enterprise access control software from AMAG Technology. Symmetry Enterprise is designed for large organisations with complex security requirements. It supports unlimited card readers, cardholders and clients and allows users to control security from one location. The native integration of the iCAM enrolment process allows users to seamlessly enrol employees for a second layer of authentication at key entry points. The Iris ID system also helps protect employee privacy by storing the biometric data separate from AMAG’s biographic data. Deliver trusted solution Iris ID’s iCAM 7S series provides the highest level of speed and accuracy among available biometric technologies. The iCAM enrolment process is quick and simple, taking only seconds to complete. Both irises are acquired, and a face picture can be captured for use on an ID badge. The system is clean and hygienic with its non-contact cameras and readers. Iris ID joined and participated in the Symmetry Preferred Partner Program which allows manufacturers to deliver a trusted solution Iris ID joined and participated in the Symmetry Preferred Partner Program which allows manufacturers to deliver a trusted solution that is tested and certified to integrate with AMAG technology. Large enterprise organisations Mohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development, Iris ID, said the integration of the iCAM solution with Symmetry Enterprise will help AMAG customers achieve a higher level of security and convenience. “We are excited to work with the Symmetry Enterprise team to create a seamless solution for large enterprise organisations requiring the extra security afforded by two-factor identity authentication,” he said. The Iris ID iCAM solution is also natively integrated into other enterprise access control platforms including Lenel’s OnGuard, Honeywell’s Pro-Watch and Software House’s C•Cure systems. For a demonstration of the iCAM solution, visit Iris ID in booth #2977 at the Global Security Expo (GSX) Sept. 25-27 in Las Vegas
Iris ID, a premier provider of iris recognition technology, announced its iCAM R100 face and iris cameras will be integrated into Mentalix, Inc.’s Fed Submit suite of live scan solutions. Fed Submit is employed by civilian and law enforcement agencies across the county, provides users with intuitive, multi-modal booking and background check systems. Mentalix, headquartered in Dallas, is an industry leader in FBI-certified identification software. Iris ID’s IrisAccess iCAM R100 cameras will now be made available with Mentalix Fed Submit live scan stations, operating alongside standard fingerprint scanners so iris information may be shared with the FBI as part of its NGI (Next Generation Identification) program. With Fed Submit it’s possible for agencies to access the FBI’s iris database, as well as create and grow their own local iris archive. Accurately capture iris data Dale Remmers, the chief technology officer of Mentalix, said the Iris ID technology was selected for its speed and accuracy in capturing iris data. He reported that jail officials can often acquire, submit and receive an FBI response to an iris query before a suspect’s booking procedure is completed. “They can know within a few minutes if the suspect arrested for public intoxication has any felony warrants in other states,” Remmers said. “We’re excited to be able to offer our law enforcement customers the Iris ID technology as an additional modality within our Fed Submit product.” The iris solution is contactless, unlike fingerprint pads which need to be wiped clean after each use R100 iris recognition technology The R100 iris recognition technology can obtain a valid identity scan from virtually any suspect. While fingerprints can be altered intentionally or worn down by jobs in industries such as agriculture, construction and manufacturing, iris patterns remain unchanged through a person’s life. The iris solution is also contactless, unlike fingerprint pads which need to be wiped clean after each use. Remmers said law enforcement clients may also use the iris scan feature of the Mentalix Fed Submit system to authenticate the identity of suspects being released from jail. Iris ID authentication Mohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development, Iris ID, said the Mentalix partnership is another example of how Iris ID’s technology is being used to assist law enforcement officials. “Our iCAM R100 cameras add a valuable dimension to the Fed Submit kiosks” he said. “The Mentalix solution will make it easier – and faster – for local officials to know who is being booked and released from their facilities.” Iris ID technology is also being used by governments around the world for authentication at border crossings, national ID and voter registration efforts and by corporations large and small for access control and time and attendance applications.
Iris ID, a provider of iris recognition technology, announced its iris recognition cameras will be incorporated into time and attendance clocks from SimplyWork, a provider of cloud-based time and attendance and other workforce management applications. The new timeclocks will be showcased April 11-13 at the International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC West 2018) in Las Vegas. The SimplyWork biometric time clock uses employees’ iris biometrics to authenticate their identity as they begin and end work each day. Iris ID’s IrisAccess iCAM R100 cameras are built into the clocks to provide a fast, accurate and non-contact method of reporting time worked. The iCAM R100 captures images at a range of 11 to 15 inches (28-35cm). The uniqueness of each iris means SimplyWork timeclocks can eliminate a costly payroll fraud scheme known as buddy punching Advantages over facial recognition As the iris-based SimplyWork timeclock requires no contact it can be used in virtually any industry including agriculture, construction, food service and others where other biometric technology may be less accurate due to dirt and grease on employees’ hands. Also, the iris reader has no problems with facial masks, hats or glasses that can affect the accuracy of facial recognition. Mohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development, Iris ID, said the uniqueness of each iris means SimplyWork timeclocks can eliminate a costly payroll fraud scheme known as buddy punching, in which one employee clocks in or out for a friend not on the job. “Without a way to accurately match employees to the hours they worked, buddy punching can be a significant drain on any business’s bottom line. We are very excited to be an OEM partner with SimplyWork, they have a very robust solution in the workforce management space,” he said. The Iris ID iCAM R100 camera helps make our biometric timeclock fast, accurate and easy to use" Robust and accurate biometric solution Mike Van Nuland, chief executive officer for SimplyWork, said we researched several biometric technologies before choosing the Iris ID technology. “Iris biometrics were head and shoulders above the others at accurately identifying people,” he said. “The Iris ID iCAM R100 camera helps make our biometric timeclock fast, accurate and easy to use. It also works with our entire customer base, from small companies to large enterprises.” Van Nuland said the iris biometric can be used by employees to authorise time sheets without the need of a physical signature or management intervention. Also, software in the SimplyWork timeclock contains rules to flag employees consistently punching in late or taking breaks that are too long – or too short to meet labour law requirements. For a demonstration of the SimplyWork biometric timeclock, visit the Iris ID booth (#16115) at ISC West 2018.
Boon Edam Inc., a manufacturer of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, has announced that Georgia Southern University’s state-of-the-art Recreation Activity Center (RAC) has deployed an integrated pedestrian access solution so only members can access the facility. A Boon Edam Trilock 60 tripod turnstile is integrated with Iris ID IrisAccess solution to enable swift user verification and access with a minimum of effort for students, faculty and staff. Centre of campus life The RAC at Georgia Southern serves as the centre of campus life, welcoming over 5,000 students each day. Originally opened in 1998 with 80,000 square feet, the facility was expanded in 2006 to its present size of 215,000 square feet. The expansion achieved LEED certification, the first building to do so at Georgia Southern, which reflected the university’s culture of sustainability. Among the many amenities at the RAC are an aquatics centre with a 25-metre swimming pool, eight indoor basketball courts, group fitness studios, a rock climbing wall and an 18,000 square foot fitness centre.When students used the iris scanners in the dining halls, it took no more than 2 seconds to process their entry Iris recognition-based access control The newly renovated RAC deployed Boon Edam waist-high turnstiles and gates as a means to control access for the increased number of visitors each day under staff supervision. In 2006, the turnstiles were paired with fingerprint scanning technology to confirm the identity of each member. But in 2014, when the Iris ID IrisAccess solution was paired with tripod turnstiles at two dining centres on campus, the RAC facility managers decided to investigate integrating an eye scanner with their current access control software. “With each passing year, the size of the database would grow, leading to an increase in the time it would take to verify each member. The process slowed, taking five to 12 seconds to grant access, causing unwanted delays for our users,” said Jason Schmidt, facility coordinator at the RAC. “When students used the iris scanners in the dining halls, it took no more than 2 seconds to process their entry. Once we realised that Iris ID was the superior method for access control, we decided to upgrade our system to better meet the needs of our members.”Once members purchase a membership and are entered into our database, the system grants them seamless access to the facility" Trilock Side Gate-controlled egress Currently, as members enter the RAC in the main lobby, they can choose from two different access points. They can scan their iris at the iCAM7000S Series mounted on the turnstile, or swipe their ID at the main desk and proceed through a gate. Boon Edam Trilock Side Gates are used on the other side of the main desk for dedicated egress. “The arrangement of a turnstile paired with the iris scanner technology is extremely fast and we’re encouraging our members to use it,” said Schmidt. “Once they purchase a membership and are entered into our database, the system grants them access to the facility and it is pretty seamless.” The RAC is planning to renovate in the near future to have a total of 4 turnstiles integrated with the Iris ID IrisAccess solution. Towards multiple entrance lanes “The Iris ID and Boon Edam partnership goes back to early 2000 when the two technologies were integrated at Schipol airport in Amsterdam,” said Mohammed Murad, vice president for Iris ID. “We’re very excited to continue delivering integrated technology solutions to our customers.” “We are always concerned with who is coming in and prefer to have as many turnstiles as possible to automate the process and reduce the burden on our staff. Everyone who is registered for the iris scanner likes it; we’re looking forward to the next stage when we can have multiple entrance lanes, bringing everything up to speed,” concludes Schmidt.
The recently completed presidential election in Somaliland was the world’s first to use iris recognition to create a voter registration list and remove duplicate names from the rolls. The iris-based biometric technology, from Iris ID, helped ensure a free and fair election, so important for the autonomous state to gain the international recognition it seeks. A 60-member team of international observers, representing 27 countries, certified the November election as free and fair – a change from previous elections in which duplicate registrations led to questions about the legitimacy of the results. Somaliland, located on the Horn of Africa, declared its independence from Somalia in 1991. “In a world-first, these elections employed pioneering iris-recognition technology to register and identify voters, which is a testament to Somaliland’s commitment to its resources in democratic institutions and the rule of law,” said the new president, Muse Bihi Abdi, in a column for the Financial Times. NEC uses biometric technology Somaliland’s National Electoral Commission reported an 80 percent turnout for the election. The NEC spent several years preparing for the vote, including the process of choosing a biometric technology to register citizens. Commission members wanted a system capable of noting those registering more than once. Both fingerprint facial recognition systems failed to recognise many duplicate registrations in the program’s early stages. At the recommendation of international election consultants, the commission tried an iris-based system. In a trial project, the Iris ID technology was able to accurately recognise all 457 instances of duplicates seeded into a base of 1,062 registrations. Experts estimate as many as 30,000 duplicates were identified during the countrywide registration. De-duplication was possible using Iris ID software which compared the high-quality biometric data from the iris scans. Enrollment speed works in Iris ID’s favour Enrollment speed also worked in Iris ID’s favor. Roy Dalle Vedove, a prominent international elections specialist and NEC consultant, said the iris-based system was not only more accurate than fingerprint technology, but also cut the time needed to register a voter in half. “The fingerprint technology slowed the process, resulting in long lines of people wanting to resister,” he said. “As a result, registration officials were inclined to circumvent controls to speed the process.” After selecting the Iris ID technology, the NEC and purchased 350 portable registration kits consisting of a laptop computer, handheld iris scanner, webcam for facial photos, a flash and tripod. Registration stations were set up across the country – many in remote rural areas. Once approved, citizens received a temporary certificate until their national voter card was processed. Iris ID provided Somaliland with a sophisticated voter registration system Somaliland is now set to become a regional powerhouse in the production and deployment of the technological know-how that underpins electronic voting, wrote Calestous Juma in South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper. Juma is a professor of the Practice of International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. “Somaliland’s application in improving governance is the tip of the iceberg,” he wrote. “It creates exciting possibilities for the continent to provide leadership in other areas of technological advancement.” Mohammed Murad, vice president global sales and business development for Iris ID, said he expects the success in Somaliland to spur the use of iris-based voter registration system in other countries. “The Iris ID system provided Somaliland with the most sophisticated voter registration system in Africa – really anywhere in the world,” he said.
Biometric technology from Iris ID is helping passengers at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport to pass through self-service security e-gates in as little as 10 seconds. More than 865,000 passengers used the gates in 2017’s first quarter. Two-step process The two-step process is available to all Qatar residents free of charge. Passengers place their ID cards or passports on a reader which opens a gate to a second portal. Iris scans or fingerprint readers are used to authenticate identify before opening the last barrier before the boarding gates. The process is repeated for passengers returning from trips outside Qatar. Mohammad Murad, vice president of global sales and business development for Iris ID, said iris recognition is ideal for secure border application as it is the fastest and most accurate of available biometric technologies. “In addition to providing the highest performance levels, iris recognition can be used by people wearing glasses of contact lenses,” he said. “Also, an iris system doesn’t require any contact with the reader, making it hygienically safe and non-intrusive.” The International Civil Aviation Organisation has praised the Hamad International programme as a model system that can be applied by other countries. Process simplicity Col. Mohammed Rashid Al Mazrouei, director of the Qatar Airport Passports Department, told MOI News the simplicity of the process has made it increasingly popular with passengers. “This system allows passengers to complete the security check without involvement of airport employees,” he said. “Passengers save time and avoid long queues in front of airport immigration counters. And the system meets all required security standards.” "This system allows passengers to complete the security check without involvement of airport employees" Al Mizrouei said more than 1 million people registered for the program in 2016 and he expects the gates will be used more than 3.5 million times by the end of 2017. The airport currently has 21 e-gates for departures and 20 more for arrivals. The department plans increase the number of gates to 40 in each section due to the growing demand. Airport Passports Department personnel operate a counter located near the gates to assist passengers unfamiliar with the use of the system. An onsite department office allows Qatar citizens and residents to link their biometrics to their ID cards. Hamad International airport Hamad International is the major airport serving Qatar’s capital city of Doha. Construction continues at the 22-square-kilometer (8.5 square miles) airport opened in 2104. It is the sixth airport in the world — the first in the Middle East — to receive a 5-Star designation from Skytrax, a U.K.-based consultancy providing annual rankings of international airlines and airports In addition to Hamad International, Iris ID identification systems are being used at airports and border crossings throughout the world, as well as for national ID programs, voter registration and access control and time-and-attendance applications.