Photos: Biometrics up close and personal

Photos: Biometrics up close and personal

Summary: Accenture believes biometrics are an 'intrinsic part of the future'. ZDNet UK visited the company's French labs to get a closer look at the identity technology

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  • Accenture's biometric capture technology is designed to be used in enrollment centres for biometric e-passports and identity cards, according to Accenture biometrics specialist, Cyrill Bataller. A digital camera is used to capture an image of a subjects' irises. The subject had to remove his glasses for the picture of his irises to be captured successfully.

  • The machine checks the eyeball is alive by measuring minute pupil dilation and contraction in varying lighting. The Home Office plans to introduce biometric identity cards and begin biometric enrollment in the UK by 2008. "Accenture is following the UK ID card debate with interest," said Bataller.

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  • If all these systems do is confirm that your iris matched that held on the card then all you need to do is forge the card (or passport) as people do now with cards/passports with photos.
    For ID cards to be useful they need to match your iris scan with one on the proposed UK National Identity database (say 30 million people) at least when the card is initially issued (or you could be fraudulently applying for multiple cards).
    When matching against a database of 30 million even a 0.001 failure rate is unacceptable and I suspect the failure rate is far greater when you are picking a match from a database of millions, not just confirming that the iris scan matches the single one held on the card.
    On a technical level alone the proposed UK ID cards will be a total failure but I'm sure accenture (and EDS) will make a good few billion from it.
    anonymous