The country’s election commission was tasked with completing a voter registration list in time for national elections this year. Of the country’s estimated 3.5 million residents, about 1.2 million are registered to vote.Initially, the commission planned to use a fingerprint biometric for registration. But after research and input from international election consultants, the Iris ID product was selected due to its accuracy at detecting duplicate registration attempts and its speed of enrollment. The system identifies registered voters based on the unique characteristics of the iris.During a 2014 trial program, the election commission found the Iris ID technology was able to accurately identify 457 instances of duplicate registrations seeded into a base of 1,062 registrations. Speed of enrollment also worked in the Iris ID’s favor. Roy Dalle Vedove, a prominent international elections specialist and election commission consultant, said data quality determines the reliability of a database — that’s especially true with biometrics. Obtaining good biometric data requires high quality acquisition hardware and software. He said the Iris ID technology provided the needed quality, while reducing the enrollment time by half compared to fingerprint registration. The faster process also reduced labor costs, which represented more than two-thirds of the commission’s registration budget. “That speed is significant in an environment where the elections provide an immutable deadline,” Vedove said. “And we completed the process with high quality data enrollment that proved the iris matching would definitely identify attempts at duplicate registration.” Every iris pattern is unique and stable for life and since there are more readily measurable characteristics in the iris, iris recognition is regarded to be the most accurate, fastest, and scalable option for both small and large-scale biometric deployments. Other biometric modalities such as fingerprint, hand, voice, vein and facial characteristics can often vary and change over time or with use conditions. “This is the first time iris recognition technology has been selected for voter registration and its adoption is now spreading widely,” said Mohammed Murad, vice president, global sales and business development for Iris ID. “The Iris ID system provides this country with one of the most sophisticated registration systems in Africa – really in the world.”
About Iris ID Systems Inc.: Iris ID Systems Inc., formerly a division of LG Electronics USA known as LG IRIS, has been active in iris recognition research, development and production since 1997. Today U.S.-based Iris ID Systems is a global player in the iris recognition business. IrisAccess is the world’s leading deployed iris recognition platform and in thousands of locations authenticating the identities of millions and millions of persons. More people look to IrisAccess for iris-based authentication that to all other iris recognition products combined. For more information, visit www.irisid.com.