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Iris Scan Coming to Airports

Written By: Thomas R. Eddlem  |  Posted: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

"The Homeland Security Department plans to test futuristic iris scan technology that stores digital images of people's eyes in a database and is considered a quicker alternative to fingerprints, " USA Today reported September 13. The new technology reportedly can scan irises from as far away as six feet, rather than the traditional several inches.

"The test will help us determine how viable this is for potential (department) use in the future, " Arun Vemury, program manager at the Homeland Security department's Science and Technology branch, told USA Today. But this is no ordinary "test." The same newspaper reported September 10 that the "test" will cost taxpayers as much as $10 billion, and the high-tech firm Accenture has already received at least $185 million from the kitty for the "test":

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