Reading Irises from Cars?

By Brian Rhodes, Published Apr 14, 2013, 08:00pm EDT (Info+)

What happens when you want to use biometrics at vehicle gates? In the past, this has meant staffing entry points with guards, and bringing readers to drivers inside their vehicles. However, SRI/Sarnoff demonstrated a new reader named 'IOM PassThru' at ISC West 2013 which they claim completely automates the process of reading irises, regardless of what type of vehicle the driver is sitting inside. Aside from a cool premise, does the IOM solve a real problem for access gates? In this note we examine.

Show Floor Demo

***/******* *** * ******* ****** **** mockup ** ***** ***** ** *** West, ********** * ******'* **** *** door ** ********* ** *** ********. In *** ***** ***** ***** ** captured ** *** *******, *** *** see *** ******** *******:

  • *** **** ***** **** *** ****** and ******* *** ****** ** ***** eye *****.
  • *** ****** ******* *** ****** *** scans *** ****'* **** ******** / Iris ********.
  • **** *** ****** ******** *** ********** as ***********.

*** ******* ************ *** ***** *****, with *** ************ ******** ** ** ten ******* *** ****** **********:

Problem *********

*** ******* *** ********* ** *********** the '******** ********' ** ********* **** scanning ** ******* *****, * *********** challenge *** **** ********. *************, *** options **** *********:

  • ******* *** ****** ** **** ***** vehicle, ****, *** **** ******* ***** vehicle ** ***** ** ***** ******* the *****.
  • ***** ****** ****** **** ****** *** carry ******** ******* ** ****** *******, and **** ********** ** * ****** basis.

*** '*** ********' ***** **** *** driver ****** ****** *** ******** *****, potentially ******** ** *** ************** ******* and ****** *** ********* **********. ****** in *** ***** *****, *** *** is ******* *****-***** ***** ** ***** for * ***** ** ******** ** use **, **** ***-****** ******, ** high-riding **** ******. *** ****'* ****** travels ** ** **** ** *** proper ****** ***** ** **** ** vehicle:

Product *******

***** **** ***** ****** **** * wide ***** ** ******* *******, ***** notable ******* *******:

  • *** *******: ***** *** ******** '** *****', the ****** ** ****** ******* ***** and ** ******** ** ** ******** in * ***** ** ******* **********, from ******* ****/*** ** ***/**** ************. The ********* ** ****** *** ****** according ** ******* **********, *** *** iris ******* **** **** ****** ** the ********* ***** ******* *** ***** to **** *******.
  • ******* ****: ** ***** ** **** ****** properly, *** ******'* ****** **** ** rolled ****. ** ****** **** ******* for ***** ******, *** **** **** touch *** ******** ** ******** * read. *** ******'* **** ******* *** located ** *** ******* ****** *******, and *** ****'* ****** ******* ***** on ***** *** ** ******* *** pushed.
  • '********** *****': *** ** *** **** **** claims, ****** *** **** *** *** tested ** *** **** *****, ** that *** *** **** ****** ******* sunglasses *** **** *** ******* *** driver ** ****** ****** ** **** for ***.
  • ******* *******: ******* *** ********* ********** ** the *****-****, ** ** ********** **** access ******* ******* **** *** ***** generic ******, *** *** **** ** configured ** *** ******* ******* ** trigger **** ******. **** ******* ***** the *** ******** *** ******* ** work **** ****** *** ****** ******, of *** ****.

******* **** ********* ** *** *********, we ***** *** ************ '*** *****' does *** ****** **** ** ** to *** ****** *** ****** *********. While *** ****** ** ***** **** did *** **** *** ******** *****, he ********* **** *** ****** ****** be ******* ******* **" *** **" for *** **** ******.

PassThru ****

**** ******* ** $**,*** *** *** the ******** ******** ******. *******, *** final ****** **** **** ***** ** design ********* **** ****** *****, ****** readers ** ***** ************ *******.

******* *** ****** *** ******** ** the **** ***** ** ** '********** scanner' ******* ~$**,***. **** ******** ******* allows *** ***** ** ****** ***** irises **** *** ******** **** * remote ******** **** * ******** ******. Without **** ********** ******, ****** **** be ******** ***** **** *** ******** reader ******.

*** ******** ** ** ********** ******* brings *** ***** **** ** *** equipment ** ~$**,*** *** *** ******, but **** *** ******* ************ ** access ******* *********** *****.

***** **** ** **** ******** ** standard ****** *******, ** *********** ******** tens ** ********* ** ******* ** manned ***** ***** *** ***** ***** to ****** ******** ** **** **** a ****'* ****.

****

*** **** ***** ** *** *** PassThru ** *** ******** ** ********, biometric ************ ****** ** ****** **** locations, *********** ********** *** ********* ******** of *************.

****

*******, ******* *** ********** **** ** the ***** **** *****, * ****** of ******** *** ********* ********* *****:

  • *********:******* *** ****** **** ** ****** three **** ** *** *******, *******/****** collisions *** ****** ** ******. ******* it ** ****** ******** *** **** with * ******, ** * **** substantial ******* ****** , *** **** is ***** ** ** ******* ****** a ******* **********. ***** *** **** can ** ******** ********* ** *** of********, ******* **** **** ** ** trained ** *** ****** *** ** the ******, *** ****** ** ********* will ** * **** **** ** the *********** ** **********.
  • ***********:******* ****** ** ********* ** * range ** ********* **********, *** ************ acknowledged **** ********* ******** *** ******** the ******'* ********. *** *******, ****** sunlight ******* **** *** ******* *** cause ***********. ***** *** ************ ********* this ** * ******* '** ****** each *** *****', ** ** * tangible ******** *** *** ****** ******* reader, *** * ********* **** ******* in ********.

Ideal *******

***** *** ************ ****** ******** ** for '****** **** ****** ********** ******* gates', *** **** *** ************** ** the ****** *********** ****** ** ** high-security *** ********** *************.

Comments (6)

What about the potential 'weekend at bernies' vulnerability of biometrics-only authentication?

If someone wants into the high-security area, and the only way in is with either my eyeballs or my fingers, then bad guys might take my eyeballs and/or fingers to gain access without any secondary requirement.

That might get messy. :(

It's my understanding that iris scanners can discriminate live eyeballs from dead ones. A live iris has an involuntary movement when the scanner beam strikes it that dead ones don't.

Do not worry for your eyeballs. They are nothing without you and you have to be alive.

Will we hold educational classes for the bad guys so that they don't fall prey to movies showing dead eyeball scanning? On the other hand, I don't want my finger cut off either.

It does not make sense at all. It will be much easier just to force you to use your traits and grant access to the facility or asset.

Person who is willing to cut a finger or cut out an eye will torture without any hesitations in order to get let's say a password or needed information. Thus it does not an exclusive problem of biometrics.

Konstantin, I and Marty were writing tongue-in-cheek as obviously what you say characterizes the situation very well.

And usually, the threat of torture is all it takes unless you are Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris or the like.

Generally employee training is to give such an attacker what they want, rather than try to fight them. A life is more valuable than other company assets.

I think some field trial reports and customer use data will tell the story for this product, which as Brian writes would be suitable for government and high-security applications.

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