Founded in 2001, IrisGuard specialises in delivering ground-breaking iris recognition solutions.
As one of the leading biometric technology companies, our identity verification solutions have been used at border security and also for the distribution of humanitarian aid:
Early on, we understood that the requirements for ID management of mass populations in operationally challenging circumstances would require a complete end-to-end offering. Our engineering approach to iris recognition demands the creation of a complex yet robust data architecture in the back end. This is combined with state-of-the art devices to ensure our success and maintain our leadership in this space, more than two decades on.
We spearheaded the biometric sphere with:
We have established ourselves as a trusted provider of identity solutions for the management of large populations in diverse and challenging environments.
We supply a full-service solution for a variety of settings, including:
We are proud to work with United Nations agencies such as the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP). We also partner with many national government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) around the world, in addition to a large number of retail banks across the Middle East.
We work with banks and financial institutions across Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan, Egypt and East Timor. We have also integrated with five financial switch systems including Temenos T24, Infosys Finacle, ICS BANKS and SmartVista.
IrisGuard is ISO 9001-2015 and ISO 27001:2013 certified.
Who We Are
Our multinational and diverse team is 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 our expert software developers and our operations team, including our field-based staff. We are joined by business development and marketing across both regions as well as in Washington D.C., USA.
The team behind our international biometric technology company builds upon the trusted relationships we have established with key humanitarian donors, United Nations agencies and international NGOs.
Our Innovation - Delivering Many of the World’s Firsts
|Iris-border control system
|Iris-ATM using only the eye
|Iris-ATM cash assistance for UNHCR Refugees
|Iris-food payments in WFP supermarkets
|EyePay Phone global launch
|Cash aid distribution via a mobile wallet
|Offline mode launches with EyePay Phone
|Door to door cash and food distribution
|The EyePay® Network payment platform launch
THE IMPACT OF OUR IRIS RECOGNITION SOLUTIONS
We enable easier, faster and more dignified access to financial services for the unbanked
TRUSTED HUMAN AUTHENTICATION FOR LARGE POPULATIONS
The human iris is the most accurate human identifier available today. With iris recognition technology, we verify one individual out of millions in real-time - without cards, PIN numbers, private keys or bank accounts.
INCREASING DISTRIBUTION EFFICIENCY THROUGH INNOVATION
We can authenticate financial transactions in less than three seconds. This removes the complexity of distributing cash assistance to beneficiaries and stretches funding further by eliminating identity-related fraud.
100% Accurate proof-of-life
We enable our partners to distribute goods and services to beneficiaries with complete accountability. Transparency is increasingly in demand, by international humanitarian aid donors. Beneficiaries' entitlements are protected through iris verification 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 utilising 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
We have built long-standing and strong relationships with a number of academic bodies including:
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 subsidised or free pricing to help them achieve their objectives.
An Award-Winning Biometric Technology Company
IrisGuard has won many prestigious awards including the 2021 GSMA GLOMO Award, 2021 Technology Innovator Award from Corporate Vision Awards and International Innovator of the Year Award at the LendIt Fintech Industry Awards. We have also been named as one of the World Food Programme’s Top 10 Innovators.
We are proud to be official members of the Million Lives Collective Vanguard cohort. MLC consists of innovators and social entrepreneurs from around the world who are making a significant impact in addressing global development challenges and have served over 1 million people who live on less than $5 per day.
We are also members of the Biometrics Institute, the GSMA and the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP) network of 80 members who collectively deliver the vast majority of CVA in humanitarian contexts worldwide. Their members include UN agencies, Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, local and international NGOs, donors and private sector organisations.
Find out more
As one of the leading biometric software companies, our systems are suitable for new database registration including using existing iris images. They are designed to facilitate a range of humanitarian aid and assistance services 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.