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Iris Recognition: An Emerging Security Environment for Human Identification

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Executive Summary

Unlike other biometrics such as fingerprints and face, the distinct aspect of iris comes from randomly distributed features. This leads to its high reliability for personal identification and at the same time, the difficulty in effectively representing such details in an image. Iris is a protected internal organ whose random texture is stable throughout life, it can serve as a kind of living password that one need not remember but one always carries along. Because the randomness of iris patterns has very high dimensionality, recognition decisions are made with confidence levels high enough to support rapid and reliable exhaustive searches through national-sized databases. Iris recognition has shown to be very accurate for human identification.

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