Mitigation of Contact Lens, Eye Surgery, Pupil Dilation, and Other Challenges in Iris Recognition

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: D12PC00288
Agency Tracking Number: FY11.1-H-SB011.1-005-0007-II
Amount: $749,990.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB011.1-005
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
670 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD, 21146-3979
DUNS: 839821282
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Watters III
Business Contact
 Dennis Steele
Research Institution
Member of the Family LLC's proposal is designed to study and analyze the effects of contact lens usage, eye surgery and various types of pupil dilation as they relate to the accuracy and performance of iris recognition systems. Additionally we propose to determine whether or not appropriate measures exist or can be created to mitigate the effects of these factors in iris recognition. While others may have approached similar studies from academic standpoints, MOTF's study will be based on clinical data that will be gathered in both hospital and private practice settings. This will assure that we include in the study as wide a range of medical and surgical subjects as possible within the timeframe of the study. We expect that this study will provide sufficient raw data for us to analyze so that we should be able to begin to develop approaches to detect and mitigate obstacles to iris recognition. Phase II of the project will provide the additional time and resources to expand the biometric database to more completely consider the challenges to recognition observed in Phase I. MOTF is confident that there are both private and government outlets for the commercialization of this technology.

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