#Iris scanners provide the ultimate in individual #identification and may become the most common #biometric datapoint in a #SurveillanceState.

posted Jun 1, 2013, 6:01 AM by Peter Joseph Moons   [ updated Jun 1, 2013, 6:04 AM ]

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 Comments by Peter Joseph Moons.


Scanning a person’s iris to determine their identity is the optimum in biometrics identification, owing to the uniqueness of this body part.  Knowing an iris pattern will allow for definite identification and can be backstopped with other forms of biometrics, such as a face scan, fingerprint, or voiceprint.  In fact, using more than one biometric, with the iris scan being the primary method, allows for more certainty in individual identification.  (Further, a dual, or triple biometric scan decreases the effectiveness of methods to deceive machine-based scanning.)  Once a person’s iris is imaged and databased, the data is there for companies and governments to access.


One company, Aoptix has developed portable devices & applications for iris-scanning  This is the start of this biometric data collection activity: 

AOptix Stratus scanner:


AOptix iPhone application:


See further: We know who you are: the scary new technology of iris scannershttp://www.theverge.com/2013/5/2/4270352/theyre-already-watching-the-scary-new-technology-of-iris-scanners



Several steps are in order for iris scanning to be most effective:


 - First, the scanners’ accuracy will have to improve to as close to perfection as technically possible in order to decrease misidentification or camouflage techniques. 


- Second, connectivity must be made between iris scanners and databases, with all points – the scanner, the connection, and the database – free from unauthorized intrusion or manipulation. 


- Third, pervasiveness of the system will be needed on two levels: Universal iris capture, such as the Indian government is doing with its 1.2 billion person population and universal iris scanners at every point where identification is needed, like government offices for reception of government services.  Thus, on this third point, one can see that with more irises, the usefulness of the system increases.  Apparently, scanning babies’ irises (and fingerprints and faceprint) in the hospital delivery room could eventually come to pass and be the guarantor that a person biometric data is captured.


Eventually there will have to be three types of scanners:


- Hand-held, for use by mobile security personnel, such as in public places or at schools or private events.


- Stationary, at transportation points, building-entry security checkpoints, or private electronic log-ins


- ‘Wide-Area Capture’ systems, as predicted by Minority Report, that can automatically scan crowds of people simultaneously, on the street, at traffic intersections with people passing in cars or busses, at transportation hubs, at stadiums, movie theaters, restaurants, shopping malls, big-box and department stores, etc. 


These ‘Wide-Area Capture’ systems have tremendous potential.  Such systems would be able to crunch all the incoming information on thousands of irises in seconds, match that data to known profiles in databases, and use algorithms to determine probabilities or potentialities for many different scenarios.  These scenarios include the possibility of ethnic or race-based violence, criminal activity, political voting trends, buying habits, or even alcoholic consumption.


For companies, iris scanning at private locations, like shopping malls, stores, concerts or sporting events, allow for the identification of individual consumers, which provides data that can be used for predictive analysis.  For example, knowing who-is-who through iris scanning and profile matching (and then data-crunching) can determine general consumption habits and typical spending ranges, or even more specific options such as the probability that people will choose to buy hotdogs versus hamburgers or soda pop versus iced tea, based on past buying habits of a mean of a like population at past events.  The more iris scanning and profile matching is employed, the better the predictive analysis, and for the use of targeted advertising to ‘nudge’ people to make choices preferred by governments or companies.


Lastly, to reiterate, once a person’s iris is scanned and cataloged, that data will be stored for life and will likely be embedded in state or national ID cards, and shared with companies and other governments.  Every person on the planet may eventually be known by their iris scan.


Potential Government Control Grade: 6 (This control grade is now low, though for some countries, where governments are instituting mandatory iris scans as part of biometric programs, like India, Dubai, and Mexico, the grade will be higher.)


Freedom Grade: 4. (An individual will have to either a) Avoid known locations of iris scanners or b) Attempt to defeat them or fool them through some means; the latter could eventually become unlikely through the improvement of technology and iris scanners eventual ubiquity.)

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