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Robust Iris & Face Acquisition at 8-13m for the War-Fighter

Researcher: Marios Savvides

Research Area: Security of Cyber-Physical Systems

Abstract

Scope: Sponsored by the DoD Biometrics Task Force, the goal of this project is to develop a long range iris acquisition device for the war-fighter to enroll and identify known or suspected terrorists using long range devices. Current systems enroll and match at 5cm to 13cm using hand- held devices. These leave the soldier vulnerable to attack. This project will develop new system using novel optics design that will track, detect person and acquire irises at a range of 8m to 13m stand-off distance with little co-operation. More importantly, the limitation of current long-range systems is poor image quality. The proposed optics design will yield images with the same 'pristine' quality of the close range (5-13cm) stand-off systems.

Outcomes: A complete iris acquisition and matching system for the U.S. War-Fighter that will be tested in the field. With possible mounting on APCs for a complete 360 scan of people in the surrounding perimeter.