Keeping our eyes on identification

The eyes, as we know, are the mirror of the soul. And even more. They are also a good identifier of an individual, a very informative identifier

By Dmitry Pimenov

The eyes, as we know, are the mirror of the soul. And even more. They are also a good identifier of an individual, a very informative identifier. There are more individual signs of a person on the several square millimetres of the surface of iris than in the prints of all ten fingers. Therefore, the probability of an error in recognition is negligibly small — less than one millionth. Besides, the photo-recording procedure is conducted at a distance of up to several metres, which is much more convenient, especially if it is necessary to identify a person secretly. Basically, the advantages are obvious.

For this reason, such identifiers are being used abroad, firstly on military-industrial objects as these enterprises deal with the storage of especially dangerous or valuable materials and in governmental and financial institutions. Airports in the USA, Western Europe and Arabian countries are also equipped with iris identification systems.

But why they are not present in our country? Experts explain that these systems are very expensive because of the use of complex optoelectronic equipment and powerful software. But the matter is not only this. The relevant software allows external access to the received information. That is why many developed countries, including Belarus, are looking to create their own iris identification systems. The Institute of Physics of the National Academy of Sciences have initiated this development, while the enterprise-developer and manufacturer — KBTEM-OMO JSC look to create it. The hardware/software aspect, created by the scientists and engineers, is already patented and surpasses the quality of foreign alternatives. This year they plan to produce four samples which will be available for export.

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