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Iris ID: Next-Gen Travel Security: Seamless Journeys with Iris ID Biometrics

Iris ID is a pioneer and leader in commercializing iris recognition technology used for access control, time and attendance, border crossings, and national ID programs. Since 1997, its solutions have been installed on six continents, authenticating more people’s identities than all other iris recognition products combined.

The reason for it is simple: Iris ID’s solutions seamlessly integrate with identity authentication applications and strengthen the bridge between legacy and future systems. The technology integrated with secure systems provides an end-to-end solution for managing identities and granting appropriate privileges.

Balancing Speed and Precision

Iris recognition biometric technology is proven to increase security, speed, accuracy, and user satisfaction when used as an access control solution within the aviation sector. Iris biometrics are also beneficial as a tool to help law enforcement monitor and secure border crossings and immigration. There is no doubt that neither speed nor accuracy can be sacrificed when protecting the lives of passengers or securing the border in the name of security. Airport staff, federal, local, and international agencies depend on the tools they have to process large numbers of people in and around airports and as they leave and enter destinations in the US and globally.

Iris ID also has a partnership with CLEAR, a New York-based private company that uses iris authentication software and the OU7S-AKT embedded in kiosks to identify enrolled travelers as part of a premium passenger processing, identification, and security clearance program in 40 US airports.

Beyond airports, Iris ID iris technology is deployed at over 500 border crossing points in Qatar and will also be used to process an estimated 3 million visitor identities leading up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

iCAM D2000’s Contribution to Travel Safety

The iCAM D2000, a multimodal biometric system that fuses iris and face is ideal in an airport environment for passenger enrollment and verification or for employee identification in access-controlled areas.

Its small size allows installation flexibility. And with a capture time of less than 1 sec for dual iris and face, there will be no bottleneck. Here are some of its key applications in the field.


Mounted atop a kiosk, the iCAM is used for enrollment and/or entry and exit. Passengers are guided through the process. Users can access a touch screen if enabled. Successful identification grants access. Unsuccessful verification prompts the traveler to stop the process and seek help.


Like the kiosk functionality, the iCAM D2000 is placed on top of the e-gate to verify the traveler before granting access. Passengers do not need to show paper documentation as their faces and/or irises are proof of identity.

National ID

Biometrics is a key solution for governments to better control who has enrolled in national benefit programs. A shared database also helps track illegal immigration and unlawful entry.

Access Control

Within an airport, there are many restricted areas. the iCAM D2000 can be set up at these stations to only grant access to those with access privileges.

For 25 years, Iris ID has pioneered iris recognition technology. Our technology is now helping airports secure airport personnel as well as make traveling safer for passengers nationwide and globally. Iris technology is a proven solution to help reduce long lines and repetitive steps during the travel and immigration process. Iris technology is the way for better efficiency and safety; we are seeing it now.

Ideal Authentication Solution for Aviation

Iris recognition is the perfect solution for both air travelers and airport security professionals and is in use at 40 US airports and 33 airports globally. It ensures fast throughput at security checkpoints by employing the most secure and accurate form of non-invasive biometric authentication. The iris alone has 240 recognition points – far more than fingerprint and facial technologies – supporting higher security, fewer false positives, and absolutely no opportunity for bias. Unlike ID cards and passports alone, a person’s unique iris pattern is not susceptible to theft, loss, or compromise. This makes iris recognition technology highly reliable and uniquely suited to accurately authenticate and verify identities.

In an airport operation, iris recognition’s unique capabilities increase security, speed, and user satisfaction when used for personal identification. Full enrollment with instruction can take less than 2 minutes. Once enrolled, authenticating an individual takes less than 2 seconds and allows for an entirely touchless access control experience.

Making security check-in faster, frictionless, and more secure presents a win-win for both travelers and airport management. The same holds true for protecting secured areas, where fast, accurate authentication of staff, vendors, and third-party contracted workers increases security and improves operations.

Biometric Badge System Ensures Security and Privacy

The implementation of a biometric badge process within the CATSA network promises to revolutionize airport security while ensuring a seamless customer experience. Here’s how it works:

Upon enrollment, a user’s information is entered at the enrollment/badge station. Next, an encrypted iris template is created, which is then encoded onto a smart card. This smart card, containing the iris template, is printed and given to the user for authentication purposes.

The key component of this process is the iCAM, which is embedded with a smart card reader and serves as the verification station. When the user presents their card/badge to the smart card reader in the iCAM, an audio prompt is generated.

Following this prompt, the iCAM captures the user’s iris images, converts them into iris templates, and matches them to those read from the smart card. If a match is found, an authorization request is sent to the access control system, allowing the user entry.

The advantages of this system are manifold. Firstly, the absence of a central database of iris templates enhances security and privacy, as there is no single point of vulnerability. Furthermore, no network connections from the iCAM to a server are required, minimizing infrastructure dependencies and potential points of failure. Most importantly, users retain full control over their biometric data, promoting trust and compliance.

Moreover, iris recognition technology offers several inherent benefits. Its accuracy and reliability surpass other alternatives, ensuring robust security measures. Additionally, the unique iris pattern is formed early in life and remains stable throughout one’s lifespan, facilitating quick and efficient enrollment and authentication processes.

The non-invasive and touchless nature of iris recognition adds to its appeal, eliminating the need for physical contact during authentication. Furthermore, the expandable, scalable, and flexible nature of iris templates ensures compatibility with existing security systems while accommodating future growth and technological advancements.

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