Another day, another step towards the techno-stasi state: soon police will be able to scan your iris to positively ID you at up to 40 feet away – even in the side-view mirror of your car.
If it sounds like an abuse of civil rights, it probably is. But we’re certain this will be justified in the name of security. Because if you aren’t a criminal, you have nothing to fear!
Like similar biometric technologies — fingerprint or facial recognition systems — the Carnegie Mellon project uses mathematical pattern-recognition techniques. The technology captures images from a live photographic or video feed and runs them through a database to find a potential match.
Like fingerprints, every iris is unique — thanks to enormously complex patterns that remain the same throughout a person’s lifetime. High-resolution cameras can capture images of the iris from a distance using light in the near-infrared wavelength band.
In the realm of law enforcement, iris recognition could be used to identify suspects at long range in various lighting conditions. The system can even be used to capture images through reflections in a mirror.