Portable iris reader helps look out for missing children and adults
BM-ET330 iris recognition reader forms cornerstone for nationwide Childrens Identification and Location Database (CHILD) Project, launched in May 2005. The project provides a secure network and registry, by which law-enforcement and social-service agencies can use the reader to positively identify missing children and adults. Unlike fingerprints, photo IDs, or voice recordings, iris images wont become obsolete. After age 1, a persons iris pattern remains unchanged for his or her entire life. In addition, compared to fingerprints, iris records allow faster identity matches and consume less file space to store on computers. Reader measures about 8 ins. wide, 8 ins. high, and 2 ins. deep. Contains dual, adjustable cameras that capture detailed images of both irises at once. Involves no lasers, bright lights, or hazardous technology. Non-invasive operation requires no physical contact with person, thereby preventing contamination risks. Companion software creates template or map of each persons iris pattern, then transfers data to central database, or onto a card for safekeeping by a childs family or guardian. To verify identity, person simply looks into reader, and system compares iris pattern with stored images to determine an identity match within 1 sec. Built-in speaker conveys voice prompts (in 1 of 14 languages) for operating reader and obtaining search results. Error rate of false verification is only about 1 per 1.2 million people. Besides serving the CHILD Project, the reader can create child identification campaigns in shopping malls. Works as stand-alone system, or integrates with access control systems to enhance security in offices, airports, and other sites. Also contains clock to track employees time and attendance.