Last November 2017, Mashable released a video of identical twin siblings unlocking an iPhone X successfully without one of the twins registering his face to the device.

Also, a study by Kevin Bowyer, the Schubmehl-Prein professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame, iris scanners are more reliable regarding authentication than mere facial recognition. He has written numerous reports on biometric technology and elaborated that facial recognition has difficulty distinguishing between identical twins.

Iris scanners also guarantee secured voter integrity. Since facial recognition fails on identifying one twin from the other, iris scans is guaranteed to be more effective when it comes to authentication. According to Bowyer’s research, iris scans ensure clean elections.

Last year’s Somaliland presidential election, Bowyer, and his team’s iris recognition software was used to help reduce the number of duplicate voter entries.

Bowyer developed an iris-based solution that helped automate the voter registration process and significantly reduce the number of replicate entries, which previously tallied between 20 and 30 percent. Registered voters’ eyes were scanned by the system to verify their identities before they cast their votes, resulting in successful November 2017 elections.

Users will also prefer the iris scanner for its ID convenience factor. Bowyer told PYMNTS that “Convenience to the end user is key.”

Although Iris scanners are only available to consumers via smartphones, Bowyer says that the consumers will gravitate to the iris scanners if it becomes more accessible in public establishments.

The latest biometric offer to the public would be fingerprint scans. But, Bowyer said, “If it’s better for them than what they do now, they will move toward it.” For the meantime, consumers will have to wait for the iris scanner to be established, and once it does, it will be a significant innovation for the welfare of humankind.


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