‘You Couldn’t Make This Up’ Dept: City to Track Entire Population with Public Eye Scanners


Minority is now alive and well, realtime, in Leon, Mexico. The city is installing a public eye scanner that can identify 50 people per minute, in motion by installing real time iris scanners from biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers Inc. These scanners don't require people to stop and put their eyes in front of a camera. The machines being installed range from large scanners—capable of identifying 50 people per minute in motion— to smaller ones called EyeSwipes that range from 15 to 30 people per minute. These devices are being installed in public places, like train and bus stations, and connected to a database that will track people across the city.

City officials are hoping that public retinal scans will stop crime and fraud. The retinal scanning of Leon's one million population has started already with its convicted criminals. Citizens with no criminal records have been offered the opportunity to "voluntarily" scan their eyes. 

"In the future, whether it's entering your home, opening your car, entering your workspace, getting a pharmacy prescription refilled, or having your medical records pulled up, everything will come off that unique key that is your iris" reports Fast Company. "Every person, place, and thing on this planet will be connected within the next 10 years."

Via Fast Company and Gizmodo.com


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