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NIST evaluation gives MorphoTrust iris recognition top marks


MorphoTrust USA has announced that its iris identification technologies have proven to be the most accurate and among the fastest, based on evaluations in NIST’s most recent Iris Exchange (IREX) report.

The IREX report studied the performance of iris algorithms from leading commercial and academic providers on operational databases of over a million iris records.

Previously, says the company, the IREX III study revealed that MorphoTrust’s technology demonstrated the highest accuracy and best balance between accuracy, template size and speed, working nearly four times faster than the next most accurate vendor.

“The accuracy of iris recognition, together with its remarkably fast search speed and efficient small template size, make it an ideal biometric for next generation identity applications,” Brian Martin, MorphoTrust’s director of biometric research said. “This newest NIST test confirms MorphoTrust’s technical leadership in iris identification and demonstrates our team’s commitment to developing biometric technologies that excel in speed and accuracy on real-world data.”

According to the company, MorphoTrust supplies multi-modal biometric systems for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of State. It also provides the biometric technology for the Unique Identification Authority of India, which currently has over 300 million enrollments – the largest in the world – and the Indonesia National ID Program, which currently has over 150 million enrollments.

Reported previously, another recent IREX study from NIST has also found that irises do not deteriorate with ageing enough to affect identification.

“Using two large operation datasets, we find no evidence of a widespread iris ageing affect,” the report notes. “Specifically, the population statistics (mean and variance) are constant over periods of up to nine years. “

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