UNHCR adopts IrisGuard technology for refugee registration

February 21, 2014 - 

IrisGuard has announced that the United National High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) has adopted iris recognition identity technology from the company to bolster its proGres Refugee Registration Platform.

According to the company, the IrisGuard cross-border identity solution enables Syrian refugee populations, in Jordan and Lebanon, to register and subsequently access UNHCR relief support across countries. The unified regional iris repository is centralized in the UNHCR regional headquarters in Amman, Jordan. Instantaneous operational transactions are executed dynamically in under a few seconds no matter where the refugee is located in the region at any time, which helps to determine the size and composition of refugee populations. The IrisGuard system has already detected and stopped multiple refugees attempting re-registration both locally and across national borders.

IrisGuard says this has already helped clear backlogs in Jordan and Lebanon, with more companies set to join the program this year. Syria will also be a focus this year.

“This is the first cross-border iris enabled humanitarian relief registration program in the world. We are greatly honored to serve the UNHCR in this capacity,” Imad Malhas, CEO of IrisGuard said.

Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, IrisGuard announced the launch of its EyeSign iris recognition imager in 2012.

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