Silicon Valley Firm Unveils Military Biometrics Reader For iPhone
CAMPBELL (CBS SF) — Following a U.S. Defense Department research grant, a Silicon Valley company has rolled out new iPhone app to allow users track eyes, facial features, voices, and fingerprints.
Campbell-based AOptix released the hardware/app package, which transforms the iPhone into a virtual biometric reader, according to an article in Wired Magazine’s Danger Room.
Shortly after winning a $3 million research contract from the Pentagon, the company announced the package, which it calls ‘Stratus.’
The device wraps around the iPhone, and the app gives users a simple interface to record the details of a subject’s face and fingerprints.
Once the subject’s info has been scanned, it’s sent to the customer’s database.
At $199, the app is not designed for everyday users, and the company hasn’t disclosed the cost of the hardware.
“It’s not a consumer application”, a AOptix representative told Wired.
AOptix hasn’t specified its customers, but has said they are from the U.S. government.
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