price. Indeed, with such high resolution cameras it is now very possible to capture both irisbiometric information and face biometric information at once, effectively combing iris and faceidentification. We are taking advantage of this new technology and plan to offer a small twomega-pixel CMOS camera module with USB interface very soon.A second challenge is the creation of biometric standards. Standards need to be put in placethat en
able technology to be interoperable. Customer’s need to feel secure that they will not be
bound to one proprietary technology and vendors need to feel the standards in place will notadversely affect their technology or ability to do business.
Have you been active in the standards arena?
We have taken an active role in the standards arena, trying to ensure both customers andvendors are satisfied. IriTech is a member of the INCITS M1 biometrics standards group and wehave been working hard to ensure that the best iris biometric standards are put in place. Weplayed an active role in the original creation of the ANSI and ISO/IEC 19794-6 iris biometricstandards many years ago, and we continue to help refine these standards today. Indeed, werecently submitted a proposal to M1 detailing a new compact iris image format we call the"Unsegmented Polar Format". This format is similar to the previous international standardhowever all final segmentation of the iris and pupil is done by the vendor. In the currentstandard this segmentation is done by the format itself, potentially limiting vendor accuracy. Ourformat ensures that iris vendor matching accuracy is not limited by the standard whilemaintaining a small data size. Indeed, our "Unsegmented Polar Format" was chosen by theregistered traveler program as the standard image format for storage on the registered travelercards. In January I will be attending the SC 37 Working Group Meetings in Tel-Aviv, Israel topresent this format to the international community. It is our hope that this format will become theinternational standard.
As a global player, where are you seeing the greatest growth in the biometric space?
We see biometrics, iris identification in particular, expanding rapidly into the mobile arena.Traditionally iris capture devices have been large and very expensive, making mobileidentification impossible. Today this is not the case. Camera technology is advancing veryrapidly, producing smaller and smaller cameras with higher resolution at a reasonable price.Mobile iris identification is now easier to achieve. With cheap mobile iris identification cameras itwill be much easier for iris biometrics to expand into the commercial market. We are working onour own mobile iris camera module for integration into a variety of mobile systems. This cameramodule is small, cheap, and versatile and captures superior iris images for highest matchingaccuracy. In addition we expect to release a stand alone iris identification camera whichincorporates this module. This device will be a two mega-pixel iris identification camera, whichconnects via USB interface and comes bundled with IriTech software. We expect this module,which is capable of enrollment, verification, and identification, to be ready for release by June2008. Due to its small size and low price, the prospective applications for this device are many