EyeLock granted patent for camera system
10 May 2017 16:29 GMT

Iris-based identity authentication solutions firm EyeLock has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a patent that enables a single camera to acquire iris biometrics as well as a face image by providing suitable illumination adjustments between the two acquisitions.

"Our latest patent continues to strengthen EyeLock's position in the mobile and broader Internet of Things (IoT) sectors," said Jim Demitrieus, CEO of EyeLock. "The compact design of this solution leverages a single camera component to perform multiple functions, resulting in a lower total cost to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and increased capabilities for end-users."

Demitrieus noted that this invention uses a single image sensor to acquire a face image and an iris image suitable for iris recognition.

He added that it determines the distance of the subject from the image sensor, so that suitable illumination levels can be provided even when the two types of images are being captured in quick succession.

It also: “links the face image to the iris image, which allows the face image to be used for liveness confirmation of the iris biometrics; and allows the acquisition of the face image to serve as biometric deterrence and the face image to be optionally stored for future dispute resolution.”

The firm said this patent is the “most recent example of how EyeLock has achieved significant technological breakthroughs and solved integration challenges that have historically been a barrier to mass-market adoption of iris authentication technology”.