EyeLock iris biometric devices get new mask detection and access control capabilities

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EyeLock has announced that its nano iXT iris recognition device can now detect masks and deny access to physical premises when one is not present.

The mask detection feature is enabled by the iTemp body-temperature screening module, which was launched earlier this year to provide affordable and accurate identification and fever screening, to the biometric scanner.

The company notes in the announcement that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has recommended wearing face masks as one of the most effective measures individuals can take against the transmission of COVID-19.

“When used in conjunction with the optional iTemp module, the nano iXT equips companies with a reliable and highly accurate tool that helps create the safest possible working environment for their employees, customers and all visiting parties,” states EyeLock CEO Jeff Carter. “Detecting the presence of an individual’s mask combined with their temperature can now be done quickly and with confidence on the same device. Further, if an elevated temperature and/or lack of a mask is detected, access into a business environment can be unconditionally denied. The driving force behind these latest advancements in our nano iXT is to provide greater safety and peace of mind for everyone.”

The iTemp sensor is managed and controlled through the framework provided by the nano iXT, so businesses can set the temperature threshold, deny access in the case it is exceeded or if an individual is not complying with a mask mandate. The company touts its combination of accuracy, speed, simplicity, and cost effectiveness as ideal for businesses seeking secure biometric authentication.

Talks are currently underway which could see EyeLock sold to Avalon Park International and Kahli Holding AG by Voxx International, which entered into a standstill agreement earlier this month.

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