EyeLock and MorphoTrust partner to bring iris scanning to US public
18 November 2014 15:59 GMT

Eyelock says its iris scanning technology is around 2,000 times more powerful than a fingerprint, and that only DNA is more accurate.

Iris-based authentication firm EyeLock and identity solution provider MorphoTrust USA have announced a strategic partnership that the firms say enable them to offer comprehensive biometric identity solutions and services across enterprise, motor vehicle administration, airport screening and financial services markets.

MorphoTrust currently serves consumers through a nationwide network of 1,100 IdentoGO centers in the US, which handle the secure capture and transmission of electronic fingerprints for employment, certification and licensing by federal, state and local governments and some private sector entities.

By tying up with EyeLock, these centres can expand their offering to include iris technology, which will ultimately allow these customers to use iris for downstream authentication applications such as verifying identity for access privileges, either physical or online and via mobile devices.

"Having a convenient way to enroll people ultimately paves the way for iris authentication in all types of downstream transactions – for physical access, logical access and transaction verification," said Jim Demitrieus, Chief Executive Officer, EyeLock Corporation.

Charles Carroll, senior vice president of enrollment services at MorphoTrust, said: "Our partnership with EyeLock brings together two strong market leaders - enabling MorphoTrust to better serve our existing customers, and providing an even stronger value proposition for expansion into new markets as more and more enterprises seek highly secure, high throughput and seamless biometric identity solutions."

Last week, EyeLock said it had entered a partnership with a Taiwanese wireless products manufacturer Wistron NeWeb Corporation that will see its iris scanning technlogy embedded into Internet of Things-ready devices. The myris USB device developed by New York-based EyeLock was also named as a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree.

Eyelock’s myris works by photographing your eyes using a high-resolution camera, then combines 240 unique points on each iris to generate an encrypted code. The firm claims that the technology is around 2,000 times more powerful than a fingerprint, and that only DNA is more accurate.

"Having a convenient way to enroll people ultimately paves the way for iris authentication in all types of downstream transactions – for physical access, logical access and transaction verification," said Jim Demitrieus, Chief Executive Officer, EyeLock Corporation.