When we were founded in 2001, our technology was utilised at border security and our systems at UAE airports and over a period of 3,273 days, we identified over 650,000 individuals who were not permitted to enter the country.

Very early on, we understood that the requirements for ID management of mass populations in extremely challenging circumstances would require a complete end-to-end offering. It was our engineering approach to iris recognition, the creation of a complex yet robust data architecture in the back end, combined with state-of-the art devices would ensure our success and maintain our leadership in this space, two decades on.

We spearheaded the iris biometric sphere; the first iris recognition platforms in border control, the first iris-enabled ATM, the first iris-enabled supermarket POS, the first to secure blockchain authentication by replacing the cryptic key with an iris and the first to launch iris payments via a mobile device.

Over the last 21 years, we have established ourselves as a trusted provider of identity solutions for the management of large populations in operationally challenging environments, supplying a full-service solution for a variety of settings including national security and border control, cash/food/non-food humanitarian aid transfers, Government to citizen social protection provision mobile money and pension payments. We are proud to work with United Nations Agencies such as the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and many National government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) around the world, in addition to a large number of retail banks across the Middle East.

Now, we are leading the way in iris payments, Blockchain and microfinance, having developed our own hardware, software and APIs which help bring assistance to millions of unbanked and annually processing USD$ 1.2 billion in humanitarian aid funding, equivalent to 9.3% of total global aid.

We work with banks and financial institutions across 7 countries including Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan, Egypt & East Timor. We have also integrated with 5 financial switch systems incl. Temenos T24, Infosys Finacle, ICS BANKS & SmartVista.

IrisGuard is ISO 9001-2015 and ISO 27001:2013 certified.

Who We Are

Global payment solutions company, utilising our iris recognition technology for contact-free identity verification and authentication of payment transfers for Humanitarian aid & Government assistance to millions of beneficiaries in the developing world.

Our multinational and diverse team of 31 is strategically located at HQ in Milton Keynes in the UK, where our engineers focus on Research & Development of our hardware; our regional office in Amman Jordan hosts an expert team of our software developers as well as Operations including our field-based staff; joined by Business Development and Marketing across both regions plus Washington D.C., USA.

This demographic coverage enables us to build upon the trusted relationships we have established with key humanitarian donors, United Nations agencies and international NGOs.

20+ years delivering world’s first

2001 Iris-Border control system
2008 Iris-ATM using only the eye
2013 Iris-ATM cash assistance for UNHCR Refugees
2015 Iris-Food payments in WFP supermarkets
2017 Iris-Blockchain deployment
2019 EyePay Phone global launch
Cash aid distribution via a mobile wallet
2020 Offline mode launches with EyePay Phone
Door to door cash & food distribution


What we do

Enabling better, easier, faster and more dignified access to financial services for the unbanked

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Managing trusted human authentication requirements for large populations

We verify one individual out of millions in real time-without cards, PIN numbers, private keys or bank accounts. We utilise the human iris as the most accurate human identifier available today.

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Impacting assistance distribution through innovation

We authenticate financial transactions in less than three seconds thus removing the complexity of distributing cash assistance from donors to beneficiaries, streamlining the process on the ground and stretching funding further by eliminating identity related fraud.

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100% Accurate proof-of-life

We enable our partners to distribute value, goods and services to their beneficiaries with complete accountability and transparency, increasingly in demand by international humanitarian aid donors, whilst protecting beneficiaries' entlitements through iris as proof-of-life.


"The beneficiary receives aid faster, in privacy and with dignity. The donors are assured complete accountability ……… IrisGuard targeted aid distribution platform eliminates fraud, reduces bank fees, increases efficiency and allows more beneficiaries to receive the aid they so desperately need."

Steven Choka, UNHCR Cash-based Interventions Officer


"...our collaboration with UNHCR and IrisGuard allows us to return greater dignity, privacy and ensure financial inclusion of vulnerable people throughout Iraq...”

Yazen Altimimi, Zain Cash CEO


"UNHCR has been utilizing iris scan technology to facilitate assistance in the MENA region - in Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt - and it has proven to be a most effective and efficient channel."

Ayman Gharaibeh, UNHCR Iraq Representative


"Today, Jordan is bringing iris recognition for channeling assistance to refugees."

H.M. King Abdullah II, King of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Supporting academic and research institutions

We have built up a long-standing and strong relationships with number of academic bodies including the Universities of Cambridge, Bath and Reading in the UK, CASIA, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Clarkson University, University of Notre Dame, USA as well as the US standards body NIST.

We work closely with any academic institution with research projects on iris recognition and as a matter of policy, we provide them with required hardware at subsidized or free pricing to help them achieve their objectives.

Find out more

Our systems are suitable for new database registration including utilising of existing iris images, and for provision of services and payments that require an accurate proof-of-life to ensure accuracy and accountability. Speak to our team about your requirements and challenges or get in touch to arrange a free, non-obligatory system demo.