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IriTech teams with Texas Instruments on iris recognition camera


IriTech, Inc. has teamed up with Texas Instruments to unveil the IriShield iris recognition camera powered by TI’s TMS320C6748 DSP chip.

Starting at the low cost of US$110 in 5,000-unit quantities, the IriShield camera maximizes the system security of applications requiring secure access and identification, including mobile banking, time and attendance, and point of sale systems.

With a form factor smaller than half a credit card, the camera module can be integrated seamlessly into customers’ existing product lines with any operating system at a low cost.

“TI’s DSPs offer parallel processing of computationally intensive algorithms to enable real-time biometrics access control and identification systems,” said Matt Kurtz, DSP business manager at TI. “In addition, our C6748 DSP offers a variety of integrated security features to safeguard proprietary algorithms and sensitive user data, giving both systems developers and users the ultimate in security.”

The IriShield camera features IriTech’s superior iris matching and iris image quality assessment algorithms, proven by IREX tests devised by National Institute of Standards and Technology, to provide good quality images and avoid false positives while maximizing true positive identification rates.

The embedded algorithms running on TI’s C6748 DSP, designed to accelerate computationally intensive functions, can complete a matching query against 1,000 stored templates in 750 milliseconds.

In addition, with IriTech’s on-board PKI-like security infrastructure and the DSP’s ability to ensure the algorithm’s integrity, sensitive data are completely secured in both storage and communication. Also, the camera leverages TI’s extensive and highly integrated analog IC portfolio to reduce power consumption and cost.

The camera comes in three packages: chip and camera set, module and encased device. All three packages come with an out-of-the-box demo that can be up and running within minutes and a fully featured application-programming interface (API) that helps developers quickly and easily access embedded iris recognition functionality from any host processor.

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