The city of Leon, Mexico, is installing real-time iris scanners from Global Rainmakers to track its 1.2 million residents. The public eye-scanning system can identify 50 people per minute, while in motion. Portoss, a Leon-based company, will install miles of fiber-optic cable and construct the central iris database with power to enlarge the scale to include private sector corporations for a variety of applications. The goal is to make Leon "the most secure city in the world," but what about privacy concerns?
"This project has far-reaching implications for the state of iris biometrics, the 1.2 million citizens of Mexico, and the world," said Hector Hoyos, CEO of Global Rainmakers. "The vision Portoss has for the secure city initiative, utilizing iris recognition to fortify all aspects of life, is in complete harmony with our own. The project will utilize GRI's iris technologies to identify humans in motion and at a distance while ensuring liveness. Their requirements not only fit perfectly into the core of what we do best, they provide the most secure system possible in identity management and access control systems.
"This latest partnership continues to build on the momentum we are seeing around the world for our products and I am personally delighted that the City of Leon and Portoss have made the commitment to this effort. It is fitting that Leon, the sixth largest city in Mexico, located in the state of Guanajuato, La cuna de la Independencia or where Mexican Independence was born, would be the location of such breakthrough thinking."
The effort will bring together some of the most advanced technology in the world to increase security in the city, providing unparalleled iris identity fusion for law enforcement and other uses.
"We built Portoss to create a legacy of providing the very best solutions in partnership with Leon," said Alfonso Huerta Jimenez, CEO of Portoss. "This project marks the culmination of years of successfully delivering to that promise. This serves as a demonstration of Portoss' ability to effectively apply GRI's biometrics technology for large-scale urban activities and provides a foundation for Portoss to further dedicate itself to national security, transportation, and law enforcement projects."
"The City of Leon is located just two hours south of Guadalajara, the second largest city in Mexico and four hours north of Mexico City. Our central location has catalyzed the City into becoming the foundation for one of the most important regions in the country," said Ricardo Sheffield, Mayor of Leon. "Because of our growth and increase in investment over the last 10 years, the City is highly visible in the country. This project will further cement our position as a leader."