KT&C Obtains Government Accreditation for One-Meter Iris Biometrics

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A patented iris recognition solution that works at a distance of one meter (3.3 feet) from the South Korea-based company KT&C obtained government approval, Impulse reports.

KT&C’s biometric iris technology also captures data at 20-30% wider angles than existing iris scanners. The article notes that other biometric iris solutions on the market work at a maximum distance of 40 cm. Iris ID said it captures iris biometrics from 24 inch distances (61cm) in 2019.

The biometric scanning system has received New Excellent Product (NEP) certification from the Korea Agency for Technology and Standards, which is an agency of the Ministry of Commerce.

The KT&C accreditation is the first for iris biometrics among 1,000 NEPs certified over the past 20 years, according to the report.

The company believes NEP certification will boost its sales of iris biometrics. It says it is targeting 10 billion won (about $7 million) in sales of iris recognition devices next year, and is already attracting export interest from the United States and Europe. To maintain NEP status, public institutions will have to account for 20% of KT&C’s sales.

KT&C claims to have also developed a scanner capable of performing iris recognition up to 2 meters (6.6 feet) away. The company wants to develop technology that can match a person’s iris biometrics while walking.

Iris recognition researchers are also working on liveness detection for the modality.

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