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Iris Recognition at a Distance: Blending Optics and Biometrics

David Ackerman
Sarnoff Corporation
Princeton NJ 08543-5300
ackerman@sarnoff.com

Human iris recognition is a robust means of biometric identification. Indeed, today's commercial close-range iris recognition systems operate successfully in security and critical infrastructure environments. This presentation focuses on designs of systems that operate at longer range. Long-range iris biometric capture expands the domain of iris biometrics by enabling unobtrusive identification and use in situations in which close proximity to the subject is undesirable or dangerous. Long-range iris recognition must cope with a diverse set of challenges in obtaining iris information from distant subjects that is sufficient for reliable identification. One class of challenges related to optics includes diffraction, illumination, stability and tracking. A second class of challenges relates to imaging uncertainties involved in opportunistic data capture. Optimal use of available long-range biometric information represents a third challenge. This presentation reviews work on long-range iris recognition at distances between 1 and 30m, describes the optical principles that underlie the challenges and discusses the possibilities for even longer distance iris recognitions systems of the future.

 

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European Commission

EU Horizon 2020
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IAPR
Technical Committee on Biometrics (TC4)

 

IEEE

“Eurasip”
European Association for Signal Processing

 

GIRPR

Morpho - Safran group

“Griaule

EAB European Association for Biometrics

 

Biometrics Institute

 

Biosecure

 

University of Sassari

 

Athena