DHS takes further leap into biometric security

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
By Paul Martin

Ability to scan irises from a distance of feet instead of inches makes it a more viable technology


WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security in October will begin testing the viability of iris scan biometric technology. The department will run a two-week test in October of commercially sold iris scanners at a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, where they will be used on illegal immigrants, Arun Vemury, program manager at the department’s Science and Technology branch, told USA Today.

“The test will help us determine how viable this is for potential (department) use in the future,” Vemury said.

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