Indian State Sees Iris Recognition Bolstering Security at
Government Solutions Secretariat
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India - January 26, 2004

Increased global concerns about security have been reflected locally in a Government Solutions decision to deploy Iris recognition-based security systems from LG Electronics to control and monitor access to the Chief Minister's Office in Hyderabad. It is not only the first such system deployed in Andhra Pradesh State but also in India.

The LG IrisAccess 3000 system, manufactured by the Korean electronics giant and marketed by the US based, globally responsible Iris Technology Division working through its Indian partner 4G Informatics, has been installed as part of a total security and identity management solution delivered by Electronics Corporation of India Limited at Andhra Pradesh State Secretariat.

Iris recognition is one of several biometric technologies that are increasingly being used to authenticate human identity in verification (1-1) or identification (1-n) mode. Biometrics-which rely on measurable and individually unique physical or behavioral characteristics are replacing older authentication conventions -possession of a key, a card, etc, or knowledge of a password, a PIN, or the correct answer to a challenge-response-which are easily compromised. Iris recognition is generally conceded to be the most accurate of the biometric technologies which include fingerprints, hand geometry, voice, and an older but much more invasive ocular-based technology, retinal scanning.

Iris recognition involves taking a digital picture of the iris (externally visible colored ring around the pupil) of eyes of people enrolled in the system. Put into a database as a stored value, a small 512 byte digital template is compared against the digital template produced on subsequent live "presents." Real time authentication is delivered in less than 2 seconds. In addition to authentication, the system also produces precise records of when individuals come and go. The system also makes it possible to see when and where an unauthorized attempt at entry is made, so that appropriate measures to investigate possible security threats can be made.

The Chief Minister Of Andhra Pradesh Mr. Chandra Babu Naidu stated, "I am happy to launch Iris Recognition based Biometric Access Control system for the first time in India at our Secretariat. We were interested in upgrading our security system to deliver robust protection and security not just for today but for futures. After evaluating many of the different biometric technologies, most of which come in many different forms, we are sure that iris-recognition, and the fact that the LG IrisAccess 3000 is second generation of the worlds leading iris recognition platform provide both the security we want today, as well as the security an uncertain world may require tomorrow."

CM's Office statement was echoed by Dr. Sreeni Tripuraneni, President of 4G Informatics who said: This is just the beginning of a dramatic uptake of biometric technology in this country. Iris recognition is highly accurate, non-invasive, scalable and fast.

LG representative Mohammed Murad, Director of Global Business Development and Alliances also expressed satisfaction with the placement of iris recognition in the Chief Minister's Office in Andhra Pradesh, saying "The state of the art security solution LG IrisAccess 3000 represents the best security available in the world today. This accurate, fast technology capable of working in one-to-one mode, or in real-time one to many search mode makes it ideal for a variety of applications in a country as large and as populous as India." LG Iris Technology Division VP-Marketing, David Johnston also remarked: "LG's success in the Indian market is something in which we take great pride. India is a very important market for LG, and it is reassuring that security is viewed as important to the authorities here as it is elsewhere. In a world where "good" solutions are often chosen, it is gratifying to see an understanding that in security merely being "good" may not be good enough. We are absolutely delighted to be bringing the world's leading deployed Iris recognition system to India, and hope over time to demonstrate the value, and the versatility this technology offers."

About LG Electronics:
LG Electronics, a principal component of South Korea's $60 billion LG Corp has been active in Iris recognition research development and production since 1997. In 2002, LG Electronics US-based Iris Technology Division assumed global responsibility for all operations, marketing and distribution for the LG's Iris recognition business. LG's IrisAccess platform is the leading Iris recognition system in the world and is deployed by over a thousand customers in public and private sectors on six continents. LG IrisAccess is developed under a technology license from the Iridian Technologies of Moorestown, NJ, USA.

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