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Mobile iris recognition to be used in US military BAT system

L-1 Identity Solutions : 11 September, 2007  (Application Story)
Biometric Automated Toolset to make use of PIER handheld units for identification tasks using iris recognition
L-1 Identity Solutions has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary SecuriMetrics has received two orders from the US Military for the family of PIER portable iris recognition and enrollment devices. The orders have an aggregate value to L-1 of more than $2.5 million. The PIER devices will be used in connection with the Military's Biometrics Automated Toolset (BAT) System, used for positive identification, tracking and visualization of persons of interest and associated information using multi-modal biometrics in a scalable architecture environment. Since its initial deployment, the use of the BAT has been expanded for various other identification scenarios.
One order is from the US Army for PIER 2.3 and PIER-T devices. The second order was placed by the US Navy Spawar Systems Center for PIER 2.3 and 2.4 devices to be fielded by the US Marine Corps.
"Iris recognition continues to gain momentum as a non-invasive and fast means of identifying people of interest in the field," said Bruce Hanson, President of L-1's wholly owned subsidiaries SecuriMetrics and Iridian Technologies. "The human iris contains massive amounts of detailed information unique to each individual, and because it is completely formed at 18 months of age and remains unchanged throughout one's lifetime, it is one of the most stable and accurate biometric modalities available. The US Military's continued use of iris-based recognition devices is evidence of its superior performance in the field where fast and precise identification of subjects can often be the difference between life and death."
The PIER is a rugged hand-held device that allows the operator to enroll and identify individuals using the highly unique patterns and textures of the human iris. The PIER can store a database of up to 200,000 individuals (both left and right eye) and quickly return the identity of the subject with extremely high accuracy. When connected to an L-1 SIRIS matching engine, the PIER family of devices can be used to confirm an individual's identity against a database of one billion records in less than one second. PIER 2.3 and 2.4 have the same functionality, but the 2.4 contains twice the on-board memory to enable a much larger iris database of subjects to be carried when the device is used in an untethered mode. PIER-T is designed to operate while tethered to a host PC or laptop. Thousands of PIER devices are in deployment throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and other areas of conflict.
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