In a few years, thanks to iris recognition technology, we may never need to remember another password to access our laptops, tablets or smartphones.
Iris recognition is an automated method of biometric identification that uses mathematical pattern-recognition techniques on video images of one or both of the irises of an individual’s eyes, whose complex random patterns are unique, stable, and can be seen from some distance.
Various governments use iris scans to secure their borders and at defense facilities. Banks use it to authenticate high-value transactions and secure access to safes and vaults. Recent advancements in the evolving mobile biometrics field have brought iris recognition technology to our hands – to our mobile devices. This technology enables us to use our eyes as a unique and secret password that we never have to remember.
The iris is the doughnut-like structure that surrounds the pupil in the eye. It is a muscle that controls the size of the pupil. This muscle has a rich pattern that allows biometric algorithms to extract unique information, and, in effect, create a stronger password compared to, say, fingerprints. The iris is a protected internal organ, and unlike fingerprints, it is not affected by what a user touches. It works for users across occupations that require manual labor such as farming, construction, athletes, doctors, and janitors.
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