It may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but using eye scans in order to ensure security and confirm identity is a process that is being used right now. There are two primary types of eye scanning technology. The first is a retina scan, which examines the patterns of blood vessels throughout the entire eye. The second is an iris scan. The iris the part of the eye that has color, and the unique patterns in the iris are random but distinct for each individual. To create a full functioning iris scanner, L-1 Identity Solutions worked with StudioRed to come up with a compelling design.
The Design Phase
L-1 Identity Solutions provided the concept design of the optical scanner, but it was StudioRed that really took the design through the engineering and production process. The first thing that our designers had to recognize was purpose. The product was intended to be use at border locations (doors, gates, etc.), so it needed to be able to be mounted on a wall, pole, or tripod. The intended goal was to have people walk past the system, pause for a moment, and the device would automatically determine the identity of the individual via iris scan.
Because the iris scanner was expected to be used in multiple locations for a single company, it had to be very portable. To keep it safe during transport, it also needed to be durable. This is what led to its very rugged, militaristic look. Using a multi-access gimbal system that automatically acquires the iris of the targeted individual, StudioRed was able to develop an effective system of cameras, gears, and lighting.
Completion and Use
After several prototypes were created, final assembly took place, and the product was tested by the client, and they were immensely pleased. The system is still being used in the field by soldiers and personnel in Afghanistan.