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A million successful Iris recognition identifications in UK trial

Sagem Securite : 16 May, 2008  (Application Story)
Biometric iris recognition system installed in UK airports crosses one million barrier during trials running since January 2006
Sagem Securite is delighted to announce that since January 2006, the IRIS (Iris Recognition Immigration System) automated biometric border crossing systems delivered to the United Kingdom have successfully identified over one million passengers. These identification systems are used for the automated ID checks of pre-enrolled travellers at borders. They are based on iris recognition and ensure frequent travellers a fast, secure immigration process in Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester airports.

Real-time verification by Immigration Officers of arriving passengers' entitlement to enter the country can be a time-consuming process. With the IRIS biometric barrier, any frequent traveller citizen of a European Union country can enrol in the system before travelling by registering his unique iris pattern as his identifier. Once enrolled, the passenger can pass through the IRIS barrier by proving his iris identity. The IRIS system allows trusted travellers to self-process through immigration control quickly and without need for further checks.

This important milestone follows Sagem Securite's selection in Oman and Jordan for the deployment of identification systems based on iris recognition at over 100 sites, mainly border control crossing stations and airports. It confirms Sagem Securite's expertise and world leading position in multi-biometric technologies.


Sagem Morpho (SMI) is a US company and wholly owned subsidiary of Sagem Securite. In business for 20 years, SMI delivers biometrics solutions to federal government agencies, state and local law enforcement departments, as well as to consumer and commercial sectors in the U.S. and Canada. A trailblazer in the design and development of large fingerprint identification systems, SMI offers multi-biometric platforms providing fingerprint, palm print, and facial and iris recognition products and services. Based in Tacoma, Washington, SMI is part of a global organization with 57,000 employees, including 4,000 in Canada and the US, dedicated to serving scores of countries worldwide.
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