Jamesburg, NJ – Lenel Systems International and LG Electronics USA Iris Technology Division have announced the integration of LG IrisAccess 3000 , the newest model of the world’s leading iris recognition platform with Lenel’s OnGuard® security platform to enhance security and provide a new way of controlling physical access to an area by authenticating the identity of individuals previously enrolled into an OnGuard system.

The enhancement uses LG IrisAccess’s enrollment wizard configured and managed as part of Lenel’s OnGuard IdentityCenter® application. Iris enrollment occurs as part of the credentialing process at an OnGuard cardholder enrollment station, where LG’s enrollment camera acquires an image of the iris, digitizes that image and creates a 512 byte iris template unique to the individual being enrolled. Templates are stored with cardholder records in the OnGuard database and also encoded on contactless smart cards during the encoding phase of the credential printing process. OnGuard can store data for the left and/or right eyes, and if desired can include photographic images as part of the record. The iris template information can be stored as raw data or in several encrypted formats.

In usage, cardholders present smart card credentials to card readers connected to the IrisAccess remote optical unit, which then prompts users to present the eye to a door-adjacent device. The sytem compares the iris template generated against the stored value assigned to that person in less than 2 seconds. Using the card in conjunction with the extraordinarily accurate LG IrisAccess 3000 system to ascertain authorization for access provides an added level of security for the OnGuard system.

“We are very pleased to have added LG’s iris recognition technology to our biometrics tool chest,” said Rudy Prokupets, Lenel’s Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Research and Development. “Lenel has developed an industry unique methodology by which the same card, the same data and the same readers can be used for multiple applications and environments. Furthermore, customers who require biometric readers can save time and money by managing a single database within a seamlessly integrated, Total Security Knowledge Management Solution™” Mr. Prokupets added.

Mohammed Murad, LG’s Director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances said “We are delighted to have this relationship with Lenel, one of the most trusted names in security. Iris recognition can be an effective overlay working with virtually any panel using Wiegand or RS-232 based security architecture, but Lenel has taken a big step forward in integrating iris recognition into their initial credentialing process. Not only does it set them up for enhanced physical access security, it prepares the way for iris-based logical security access in the rapidly converging worlds of physical and information security.”

Iris identity is the best biometric authentication process available today. Iris cameras capture images of the iris?the colored externally visible part of the eye in seconds. The uniqueness of human eyes and the amount of data from which a template is constructed makes iris recognition the most accurate of all biometric technologies. This accuracy, plus search speed, template stability, system and database scalability and the non-contact nature of the authentication set iris recognition apart from other biometric technologies. While the OnGuard system is a two-factor verification application, iris recognition is the only biometric designed for one to many search in single factor identification mode. Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and even protective gear pose no barrier to iris recognition, and the state of the art countermeasures against “fake eyes” that LG has developed have set the standard for the category and earned the approval of both Commonwealth and NATO governments.

About LG Electronics, Iris Technology Division

LG Electronics, a principal component of South Korea’s LG Corp. has been active in iris recognition research, development and production since 1997. Today the US-based LG Iris Technology Division has global responsibility for all of the Company’s iris recognition activities. LG 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 LG IrisAccess® for iris-based authentication than to all other iris recognition products combined. To find out more, visit www.lgiris.com.