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Clarkson ­niversity Professor Says Iris Recognition Gives Smartphone ­sers More Security Options

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Clarkson University professor Stephanie Schukers.

A Clarkson University professor suggests iris-recognition technology could bolster the security of smartphones.

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Iris-recognition technology could improve the security of smartphones, says Clarkson University professor Stephanie Schuckers. The technology, which she notes has improved in recent decades, uses near-infrared lights to analyze the pattern of the muscles in the iris.

Although the quality of iris recognition is very high, no biometric is perfect, Schuckers says. She notes the system and the sophistication of the software determine the level of reliability. Some iris-recognition systems may be vulnerable to printed photos of eyes or patterned contact lenses.

Fujitsu has incorporated iris recognition into a new smartphone, and Schuckers believes there will likely be iris-recognition devices in the U.S. in the near future. However, consumers will need to focus on the quality of apps and devices that provide iris recognition.

Clarkson's Center for Identification Technology Research, which is headed by Schuckers, is researching methods to protect iris recognition from biometric spoofing. The research center is financing a contest, the Liveness Detection Competition Series, which asks researchers to provide algorithms that distinguish between data from real and fake irises. "We're studying those vulnerabilities and ways to mitigate those vulnerabilities," Schuckers says.

From Clarkson University News
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