Iris Recognition Technology from Iris ID Allows Law Enforcement to Verify Identities with Up To 99% Accuracy

March 2, 2023
Adoption of iris technology growing quickly amongst nation’s top agencies for public safety and justice applications.

Cranbury, NJ (February 7, 2023) – Iris ID, the global leader in iris recognition technology for 25 years, is pleased to report growing adoption of its iris recognition technologies amongst the nation’s top local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Most notably, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) implemented Next Generation Identification (NGI) Iris Service utilizing advanced iris technology from Iris ID to allow law enforcement and corrections officials to capture, catalog, and rapidly compare iris images across a massive database to identify enrolled individuals with up to 99% accuracy.

“The growth of iris recognition technology can be largely contributed to its accuracy, speed, cost efficiency, and touchless nature,” said Tim Meyerhoff, Director at Iris ID. “As we continue to develop new iris recognition solutions, we expect to see deployments expand for a myriad of new applications that further reduce costs, improve operational efficiencies, and enhance security and health safety for law enforcement agencies and corrections facilities.”

The NGI Iris Service and associated Iris ID solutions help to mitigate the risk of mistaken identity by using iris recognition technology to positively identify prison inmates at booking and upon release. This kind of process automation not only reduces booking time, it potentially eliminates the need for the time and resource consuming process of 10-fingerprint enrollments.

Local law enforcement agencies similarly utilize Iris ID solutions to reduce their administrative burden. These agencies effectively submit a person’s biometric data to verify identity against state and federal databases to quickly access an individual’s complete criminal history. Using the iris identification data provided either in the field or during intake, law enforcement officials can view linked records including mugshots, RAP sheets, and other NCIC data. New developments in iris technology have also enabled mobile capabilities, ideal for screening immigrants at the border.

“We are pleased to see our iris recognition technology gaining traction amongst some of the biggest names in law enforcement, including the FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,” said Meyerhoff. “This celebrated growth is a testimony to the status of iris recognition as a trusted, reliable means of identification for law enforcement agencies of all sizes.”

Since its inception in 2020, the NGI Iris Service has accumulated more than 2.7 million sets of iris images, with roughly 100,000 new identities being added every month. A further 9 million iris records are stored in the U.S. Border Protection Agency’s and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s IDENT database, where up to 100,000 iris records are collected per month to help identify those illegally crossing the border. Given these successes, the Federal Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Department of Defense are also rapidly adding iris records to their shared national databases.

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