Iris recognition scientist Daugman to consult for L-1

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, February 8, 2007

STAMFORD, Conn.--Biometric giant L-1 Identity Solutions on Feb. 6 announced that John Daugman, the scientist who invented iris recognition technology, signed a three-year consulting contract to be L-1's chief scientist for iris recognition.
The company also announced that Daugman has settled a dispute with Iridian Technologies, which was acquired by L-1 in 2006. As part of that separate agreement, Daugman "delivered to L-1, and assigned all rights and ownership to L-1, of certain enhanced iris recognition algorithms," known as the Daugman Algorithm. Terms of the settlement were not released.
"The Daugman Algorithm is the basis of every publicly deployed iris recognition system today," the company said in a statement. Daugman will split his time between Cambridge University, where he is a faculty member, and the L-1 Corporate Research Center, where he will collaborate with chief strategic officer Joseph Atick "to develop next generation technologies, such as developing more robust algorithms to deliver unparalleled matching accuracy in more challenging iris-acquisition scenarios (such as iris on the move, at a distance and from low cost sensors)."