In Minority Report, a movie by Steven Spielberg adapted from a Philip K. Dick short story, iris scanners are everywhere -- from malls to mass transit -- watching citizens wherever they go. But in the not too distant future, that technology will be a way of life in the sixth largest city in Mexico.

In partnership with information systems company Portoss, Global Rainmakers Inc. (GRI), a biometrics research and development firm, looks to roll out iris recognition technology for national security, transportation and law enforcement projects in Leon, Mexico.

"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," Jeff Carter, CDO of GRI, told Fast Company. "Every person, place and thing on this planet will be connected [to the iris system] within the next 10 years."

The effort in Leon will bring together some of the most advanced technology to enhance security in the city. The GRI will provide the technology while Portoss, a Leon-based company, will construct the central database and integrate iris capability across the city with miles of fiber-optic cable.

Iris scanners can process many more people per minute than other biometric technologies. Therefore, supporters see the scanners as a perfect tool for populations of millions or more and "large-scale urban activities," as noted by Alfonso Huerta Jimenez, CEO of Portoss.


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