[ISN] Iris recognition is best biometric system

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Date: Mon May 21 2001 - 00:21:56 PDT

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    By: Linda Harrison
    Posted: 18/05/2001 at 16:31 GMT
    Iris recognition is the top biometrics ID technology, British
    researchers claim.
    The technology beat six other biometric systems, including facial
    recognition, fingerprint, and vein and voice recognition, in a study
    conducted by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) on behalf of the
    Communications Electronics Security Group.
    The research, carried out between May and December last year but only
    just released, claims that iris recognition technology registered a
    false match rate of zero in more than 2.7 million comparisons.
    It also had a false rejection rate of just 1.8 per cent, with no users
    getting a false rejection after three attempts. This was the lowest
    false rejection rate of the systems tested, with four of the others
    tested - including facial recognition, registering a ten to 25 per
    cent false rejection rate.
    "This is perhaps the first independent, objective evaluation comparing
    all viable biometric technologies," said Bill Voltmer, president and
    CEO of US biometrics research outfit Iridian Technologies.
    "The study reveals..that iris recognition outperforms all other
    biometrics in the areas that matter most for business, namely
    accuracy, speed and scalability".
    [Study at: 
    http://www.cesg.gov.uk/biometrics/pdfs/Biometric%20Test%20Report%20pt1.pdf ]
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