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Iris ID, IBM to provide iris recognition for NEXUS members at Canadian borders


Iris ID is partnering with IBM to provide iris recognition technology to the Canada Border Services Agency’s NEXUS program, allowing all enrolled travelers to clear customs by looking into a camera that uses the eye’s iris to verify their identity.

The iris recognition technology from Iris ID will improve security and expedite border clearance processes between Canada and the U.S.

More than one million pre-approved NEXUS members are expected to participate in the authentication process at eight international airports in Canada, 19 land ports of entry, and about 430 marine locations.

NEXUS members will also be able use the expedited security screening lines in preclearance areas at dedicated immigration lanes at more than 100 participating U.S. airports.

“We are excited to work with IBM to make the enhancements to the NEXUS program,” said Iris ID CEO and president Charles Koo. “Iris ID’s iCAM 7 Series and IrisAccelerator backend matching engine are integral parts of the changes to the Nexus program. A similar system is also being used by Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) across 29 major international airports in Canada for employee identity management and access control.”

Iris ID’s iris capture machines enable the validation of the iris recognition camera, reads the Nexus card, and prints a receipt and other functions.

Previously reported, Iris ID Systems recently won two awards at the Government Security News’ 2014 Homeland Security Awards.

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