Mexican City Aims to be First to Use Widespread Eye Scanning Technology

Thursday, September 30, 2010
(photo: GRI)
The future is now in León, Mexico, which plans to become the first city to rely on iris and face-scanning technologies for everything from crime fighting to banking. The city of approximately one million citizens has contracted with Global Rainmakers, Inc. (GRI) to install scanners in public settings, at ATM machines, at hospitals and on public transportation. The technology can reportedly identify up to 50 people at one time even when they walk quickly by scanners.
Officials in León will begin by scanning the irises of convicted criminals. The system will be implemented in prisons, jails, police stations and security check-points. Later, non-criminal citizens will be able to voluntarily have their irises scanned. The scans will then be used to gain access to mass transit, medical centers, ATMs and other commercial applications.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky


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