Iris Recognition scores over alternative biometric technologies

Facial Recognition and Iris Recognition: The Effects of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

The Aditech White Paper discusses and illustrates with a short video, how Iris Identification and Authentication technology compares with the flawed facial recognition techniques when confronted by PPE following the COVID Pandemic.


Following recent NIST testing it has been observed that facial recognition based biometric identification and authorisation solutions are severely impaired by the use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as face masks, visors and safety goggles, despite claims from facial recognition developers and vendors.

Occlusion of the features required by facial recognition technology results in poor results and both false positives and false negatives are identified. Even the very latest AI (Artificial Intelligence) or HOG (Histogram of Oriented Gradients) technologies are not as yet, capable of dealing with the post-COVID situation we are finding ourselves in.

It is apparent from the NIST study that the only contactless biometric identification technology which functions to an acceptable level when confronted by a subject wearing facial coverings or glasses is Iris Scanning Technology.

Aditech bio-lab securityIris Recognition has long been employed in mission critical environments for biometric access control or time and attendance. The fact that everyone has a unique iris results in extremely high levels of accuracy, reducing false positives and false negatives and providing truly fit for purpose solutions.

Iris Recognition has been proven to operate successfully within many hostile environments both indoors and outside* and is unaffected by the wearing of spectacles, contact lenses, visors or safety glasses. There is no need to remove other protective clothing such as gloves to operate the technology as most systems can scan the iris automatically when in range and there is no physical contact with the equipment.

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