IRIS subsidiary wins biometric development grant
June 10, 2004
CHATSWORTH, Calif. - IRIS International announced that its Advanced Digital Imaging Research subsidiary has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. government for the development of biometric "3D Face Recognition for Security Screening."
The grant calls for the development and testing of an experimental automated personal identification system for airports, ports of entry, defense installations, laboratories, corporations and other sites where security requires screening of individuals. The grant was issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The first stage of the project will be to develop and test, within one year, a real-time, three-dimensional face recognition prototype for use at commercial security checkpoints where employee identity records are already on file. The second phase will involve development of a broader system that could tap into law enforcement databases and be used for applications such as passenger check-in at airports.
According to Cesar Garcia, president and chief executive officer of IRIS, this marks the second time that ADIR has been tapped for a major U.S. government undertaking.
In May 2003, ADIR was awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin to assist in the analysis of video images of the launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia. ADIR's image analysis techniques were used to determine the causes of the orbiter's break-up during reentry into the earth's atmosphere.