The $1,000 Iris Reader (SRI Tablet) Examined

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Apr 19, 2016

Is this the breakthrough needed for iris?

The accuracy and resistance to change from age and wear are common claimed advantages of iris over other biometrics.

However, using irises as an access credential has been expensive typically costing $3,000+ per reader. Now, SRI's new IOM Access tablet aims to disrupt the market, costing just $1,000.

However, aside from low price, what other considerations like ADA compliance, access control system integration, and mounting location have an impact on unit use? We take a look at those factors, and how SRI's price compares to exiting iris readers inside.

** **** *** ************ ****** *** ****?

*** ******** *** ********** ** ****** **** *** *** **** *** common ******* ********** ** **** **** ***** **********.

*******, ***** ****** ** ** ****** ********** *** **** ********* typically ******* $*,***+ *** ******. ***, ***'* *** *** ****** ********** ** ******* *** ******, ******* **** $*,***.

*******, ***** **** *** *****, **** ***** ************** **** *** compliance, ****** ******* ****** ***********, *** ******** ******** **** ** impact ** **** ***? ** **** * **** ** ***** factors, *** *** ***'* ***** ******** ** ******* **** ******* inside.

[***************]

Iris ********** *** *************

**** ******** ** * ********* *** **** ********** **** ***** methods. *** ******* *** ** **** ****** ******** ** ****, a ******'* **** **** *** ****** **** ****. *** ******* of * ******'* **** ** *** **+ ** ********* ********* from *** *** ** *** *.

***** ************ ****** ** ******* ***** * - * *****, and **** ****** ******** ** ******* **** ****** **** **** be ******* ****** *******, ****** *** ****** ********** ********, *** many **** ******** *** **** ******* ********** ****** ** **********.

****,**** ****** ****** *********** *****. ******** ******** ** *** **** ****** ** *** degree **** **** ****** ***** **** ****** **** **** * minute *********, ** *** '***** ****' ** ******* **** ***** used ** ***** ******* ** ******* *** ********.

*******, ****** *** *** ****** **** ** **** ** *** people ******. *** *******, ***** **** ******* ** ******** **** ***** **** issues ******** ****** **** *** **** ******* ** **** *******. This ********* ***** *** ******* * ****, *** *** ************* slow **** *** ******* ******* *** *** ***** ******** ** a *********** ** ****** ****.

SRI **** ****** ********

***'* **** ** *** **** (***) ****** ******* ****** ******** ***'* iris ****** *** ********* ********** ******** ***** **** * ******* tablet.  ***** *** **** *** ** ******* **** * ****** tablet, *** ******** *** ****** ** ***** *** **** **** booth ** * ********** ****** **** ** * ****.

*** ***** ***** ******** *** ******* **** ***** *****:

***** *** '****** *******' ****** ** ***, ***'* *** **** reader ********** ** ***, ** ** ***** ******* ** ****'* ******* ****** **** **** ****. **** **** ****** ***, *** ***** *****-****** ************** *** support *** ***-*** ***** ************* ******* *** ********.  *** **** is ******** ** * ********** ******* **, *********** ******* ******* ****, measuring ~*"**".

** ***** ** *** **** *****, *** **** *** ** mounted ** * **** ** *** ****/*****, ** *** ** detached *** ****** ** *** *** ****** ******* *********** ******** mobile ********** *******.

*** ******** **** *********** ******* *** ****** *** ** ****** control ****** ** **** *** "* ******* ******* */* **** **** *** ** ******** ** offer ******* ********* ********* **** ** ******* ** *****", *** *** ****** ** *** ******** **** * **** by *******. *** ******** **** ***** *********** ******* *** **** between ********* *** **** **** ****** ** *** **** *** be ********* ** *********.

Key ******

*** ****** *** ** **** ******* **** **** ******* **************:

  • **** ***** ** * ******: ** ****, ***** **** ** ** **** ***** ** the ****** (** ***** ** *** ***** *****)
  • *****-****** **************:*** ****** ******** ******** ******* ** *** ****** *** ** Code ****** ** ******** ** **** ********.  ***, ** ** all ***** ******* *** ** **** ** ****** *****.
  • **** **********: ***** **** ****** *** ** ********, **** *** ***** one **** *** ** **** ** *******. **** ****** *** not **** ** ****.
  • ********** *******: *** ****** ****** **** ** ********* ******** ************ ******-*** *********** ****. 
  • ****** ****: *** ****** ****** ** *** ***** *** ******* *** or ******** ** ****. *******, **** ******* ************ ***** ** possible **** * ****** ***** ** ****.
  • ******* *******: **** **** ********* *** ****** ** *** ****** ******** with ** ** ** *******, ****** *** ********* ** *********.

*****

**** ****** ***** ** * **** **** ** $**** *** unit, ******** ****** ******** ******** ** ******** ********* ***** (******* or *****) **** ******** *** **** *****.

ADA ********** ********

******** *** ****** ** ** *** ** ******* *** **** properly ***** ** * ******* *** **** *****. ** ***** SRI ** ******* *** *** ****** ****** ** ******** ** ensure*** **********, *** *** ****** *** **** **** **** *** ****** could ** ********* - ** '****' *** '***' *********, ** if **** *** ****** *** **** * '******* *****' ****** be *********.  

*******, ***** *** **** ** ** ****** ******* ******* *** the ******* (*********?) ********** **** *** ******* *** ******* ** a ********, ********** ******* ****** **** *****, ********* ******* *** accessibility ********** ****** ******.

*********

** ***** ** *******, *** **** *** ******** **** ******* card ******* *** **** **** ***** ********* ******* ** ***.  SRI ********* **** ** **:

"*** ****** **** *** ****** *** ******* ******* *******, **** *************, personalized ******** *** **** *** ********** ***********, ***** ***** ************. The ********** ***-**** ****** *** ******* * ***** **** ** * VMS ******** *** **** ********** *** *********."

**** ** ***** ******** *** '********' **** ********** *********** *** not ** *******, ******* ******** ** * **** ****** *** tablet ****** ****** *** ********* ** ***** * ******* ******* sensor.

***** ** **** * ********. ***** ~$*,*** ** ** ** 10X **** **** * ******* **** ** **** *********** ******, SRI's *** ****** ****** ** ** *** *** *** ** iris ******* **** ******* ***** ** ***** **** ** ** 4X ****.

**********

*******, *** **** *** ******* **** ****** **** ***** ****** its ********** *******. ** *** **** *****, *** **** ** takes *** * **** ** **** *** **** ** *** read ** **** ** ***** **** ******** ** * ******* wait *** * ********** **** ** **** *********** ******. ***** a ***** ** *** ** *** ******* *** *** ** an ***** *** ***, ** ***** ****** * ****** ** frustration *** ****** *** *********** ** * *** ****** ***** to ******* ***** *******.

*** ****** **** ******** ******* ********* ********, ** ***** **** place ***** **** ****** *" **** *** ******. *** ***** range ** *** ****** *** ** **** ************ ** ***** users ** *** **** ***** *****. **** *** ****** ********** in **** ******, **** ***** **** **** ** ***** **** and ******* ***** *** ******** ** ***** *** ********** *** unit ** ** ****. ** ***** ** **** *****, *** process ** *** **** ********* ********** *** *** ****** *** use *** *** *********** ***** ** ***** *** ********** *********** beyond **** *********** **** ** *********** ******* **** *** ****** and ****** ** ***.

** ******** ** *****, *** ****'* ***** *********** ** *** constraints *** ******-**** *********** ***** ** ** **** ******** ************ in * ********, *** ** ****** ** ******* ** '******* purpose' ****** ******* ****.

***********

***'* *** ****** ****** ** ****** ** *** *** *** of *** ****** ** ******* **** *******, *********:

  • *******'* **** ******, **** "***" ***** ******* ** $**** **** **** *******
  • ******'***************, ******* ~$**** **** *******
  • *********'***-*****, ******* ~$****, ***** *** ** ********* ** ***** ****** supported *** ****** ** ********** *******.

*** $**** **** ***** *** ***'* *** ****** ****** **** it * ******* ********* **** ***** ** *********** ****** ** bear *** ***** ************ ** *** ****.

Comments (14)

There seems to always be talk about biometric access control systems, and I see the theoretical benefits, but these all seem like a tough sell over cheap cards/badges.

I get the "no lost cards" benefit, but it seems like as your probability for lost cards scales up (more employees, more doors), the costs of biometric systems would scale up even faster.

I'm not sure if these biometric systems are solving real problems, or just giving manufacturers a method to convince users to upgrade/replace existing readers, which have a long life-cycle and probably don't get touched for 20 years after install.

Independently of biometric modality, the main benefit of biometrics for the access control is that this credential is "locked" to the user. It makes easier to control attendance. It is more convenient in case of temporary workers. It is more secure in case of large organisations or premises where employees do not not know each other personally. It is more secure to build the unified access control system (physical and logical) on the biometrics. But, of course, everything depends on customers' needs.

Full disclosure, I work for EyeLock. I just wanted to clarify two points as we were mentioned in the article.

#1 - Although at one time Stanley Security had exclusive distribution rights for EyeLock product in certain regions, that is no longer the case. EyeLock has setup their own sales channels around the world through distribution, oem and integrator partners.

#2 – MSRP for our nano NXT is $1650 USD and includes all hardware and software for interfacing to any access control panel via standard protocols (Wiegand, F2F, etc).

Thanks Dale! I updated the post.

While both irises can be enrolled, only the first one that can be read is matched.

What do you mean by read? Do you mean matched or just scanned regardless of whether it matches?

Authentication is performed on one iris, not two.

SRI tells us that users can enroll both eyes and present both eyes for a potential read, but the decision to grant/deny is based on whether the first recognized iris is a match.

In that case it sounds like you would pretty much need to enroll both eyes, otherwise you would risk getting denied half the time, no?

No, if you enroll your left eye and only present your left eye, you aren't going to be denied half the time because of it.

Enrolling two eyes may help matches be made sooner, but it doesn't increase accuracy rates.

Got it. I didn't realize the FOV of the reader was just one eye.

It isn't necessarily. If a user (think child or someone with close eyes) is able to present both within the 8" range, it only matches based on the first iris it can read.

I'll ask SRI for the FoV spec on the iris sensor and update here.

Ok, now I feel stupid again. :)

So if someone presents both eyes, the system might choose the left or the right, since it doesn't know which eye is enrolled. If it chose one that was not enrolled, I'm understanding you to say it would deny. But you're also saying it wouldn't help increase accuracy to enroll both eyes, which it would seem to in this case.

Accuracy has no bearing on whether an iris is enrolled or not. It affects how well/to what level of quality an iris is read. Of course - if an iris is not enrolled it will not be valid - but that isn't a function of reader performance.

More opportunities for a match is not the same as increasing accuracy of the read.

If a user only enrolls one eye, they should only attempt to verify on that one eye. The demo video in the post may help clear up how the user does this.

Ok, I think what you are saying is that if two eyes are presented it will read one and try to authenticate on the one eye. If it fails then it tries on the second eye.

It only uses one eye to "match" but it still may "read" both eyes if it needs to and both are in view. Is that right?

We've been using Eyelock for quite some time, still have some test units on our walls as well. I can't speak for the SRI solution but the biggest challenge with the iris scanners is securing them - no one really makes a good vandal resistant unit and most of your access control systems start at the perimeter.

In regard to false reads, we get about 1-2% false reads (no entry) but the bigger issue of positive false reads we are seeing less than 1 in 1000. If you enforce dual iris the chances of a false positive are.... I dunno, we have not had a false positive with dual iris yet.

Login to read this IPVM report.
Why do I need to log in?
IPVM conducts unique testing and research funded by member's payments enabling us to offer the most independent, accurate and in-depth information.

Related Reports on Access Control

Axis Releases First New Access Controller In 5 Years (A1601) on Jun 15, 2018
It has been 5 years since Axis 2013 entry in the physical access control market, with the A1001 (IPVM test). Now, Axis has released its second...
Access Control - Time & Attendance, Mustering and Mantraps Guide on Jun 13, 2018
Electronic access offers features that traditional mechanical locks cannot. While these features may not be as fundamental as keeping doors secure,...
ReconaSense - The AI / Access Control / Analytics / IoT / Video Company Profile on Jun 12, 2018
One company's ISC West booth stood out for displaying a light-up tower of buzzwords. The company, ReconaSense, pledged to be 'making sense of it...
The Benefits of An Access Control Test Door on Jun 08, 2018
Security system dealers can benefit from having their own access control test door both for demonstrations and training. Inside, we explain the...
Princeton Identity Access 200 Iris Scanners Examined on Jun 05, 2018
Iris recently registered a big jump as a preferred biometric in our Favorite Biometrics survey, but access-ready options can be difficult to...
Keypads For Access Control Tutorial on May 31, 2018
Keypad readers present huge risks to even the best access systems. If deployed improperly, keypads let people through locked doors almost as if...
Ambitious Mobile Access Startup: Openpath on May 24, 2018
This team sold their last startup for hundreds of millions of dollars, now they have started Openpath to become a rare access control small...
Cybersecurity for IP Video Surveillance Guide on May 18, 2018
Keeping surveillance networks secure can be a daunting task, but there are several methods that can greatly reduce risk, especially when used in...
Forced Entry / Duress Access Tutorial on May 17, 2018
Even though access control normally keeps people safe, tragedies have revealed a significant issue. If users are forced to unlock doors for...
Worst Manufacturer Technical Support 2018 on May 16, 2018
5 manufacturers stood out as providing the worst technical support to 190+ integrators in new IPVM results. These integrators answered: In the...

Most Recent Industry Reports

IPVM Vulnerability Scanner Released on Jun 18, 2018
IPVM is proud to announce video surveillance's first and only cybersecurity vulnerability scanner. This tool allows quickly and simply...
Hikvision Corrects False Cybersecurity Announcement on Jun 18, 2018
Hikvision has corrected a false cybersecurity announcement that claimed a British government-sponsored program endorsed the cybersecurity of...
July 2018 IP Networking Course on Jun 16, 2018
The last chance to save $50 on registration is this Thursday, June 21st. Register now and save. This is the only networking course designed...
The Dumb Ones: PSA's Bozeman On Cybersecurity on Jun 15, 2018
The smart ones are the hundred people who flew to Denver and spent $500+ on a 1.5-day conference featuring Dahua as a 'cyber responsible partner',...
Amazon Ring Launches $10 Monthly Professional Alarm Monitoring on Jun 15, 2018
Amazon's Ring has announced an alarm system with 24/7 professional alarm monitoring for $10 per month, a fraction of the $30+ per month traditional...
Axis Releases First New Access Controller In 5 Years (A1601) on Jun 15, 2018
It has been 5 years since Axis 2013 entry in the physical access control market, with the A1001 (IPVM test). Now, Axis has released its second...
Hikvision 12MP Fisheye Camera Tested (DS-2CD63C2F-IV) on Jun 14, 2018
Hikvision's DS-2CD63C2F-IV is their flagship panoramic camera, with a 12MP imager, 15m integrated IR, smart codec, and more. We tested the 63C2 in...
Four Major Outdoor Camera Install Problems on Jun 14, 2018
Over 140 integrators told us the top four camera installation mistakes that lead to unexpected problems and failures. Their comments often...
Security Sales Course Summer 2018 on Jun 14, 2018
Based on member's interest, IPVM is offering a security sales course this summer. Register Now - IPVM Security Sales Course Summer...
China Public Video Surveillance Guide: From Skynet to Sharp Eyes on Jun 14, 2018
China is expanding its video surveillance network to achieve “100%” nationwide coverage by 2020, including facial recognition capabilities and a...

The world's leading video surveillance information source, IPVM provides the best reporting, testing and training for 10,000+ members globally. Dedicated to independent and objective information, we uniquely refuse any and all advertisements, sponsorship and consulting from manufacturers.

About | FAQ | Contact