Perhaps your mobile device has the latest fingerprint technology that ensures security for you as the user? Well don’t get too comfortable with it because according to a report from Seeker, FBI officials have already scanned the irises of nearly 460,000 people in a pilot program that may very well soon replace fingerprints. Iris-scanning technology is not necessarily newIn fact it has been around for more than 25 years, but it’s just now working efficiently and smooth.
“It’s a powerful biometric,” said Patrick Grother, a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md., who has been developing algorithms and software for iris scanning. Grother went on to say that this kind of quick reading ability isn’t far away, and several banks are looking at using it. Windows’ Lumia Nokia and Fujitsu both have iris scanners to unlock their phones, (similar to the iPhone fingerprint pad) but it’s not ready to authenticate other sorts of apps or accounts. Cameras with Iris scanning can be hand-held or attached to a wall and are effective from 3 to six 6 away from the subject’s eyes. Soldiers in Iraq have been using them to authenticate Iraqi civilians who are authorized to work inside U.S. military facilities.