CeBIT: Argus has eye for security

CeBIT: Argus has eye for security

Argus Solutions has an eye for improving security with its iris recognition technology. The Sydney-based developer is also using biometric technology to develop facial recognition software.

National sales and marketing director, Carey McMahon, estimated the six-year-old business currently had 120 installations across Australia.

Only in the past year had the technology become commercially viable, he said. Its use now spread from defence organisations to prisons and large corporates that needed strict visitor management procedures but might find ID cards troublesome, especially if lost.

The technology is supplied by US-based Iridian but the software is created locally. It works using algorithms to create an encrypted digital code of someone's iris – a system McMahon said was thought to be more accurate than DNA testing. The facial recognition system uses a similar process.

Argus employs 20 staff – 10 in sales, five in research, and five in technical support.

Most systems are currently sold direct, but McMahon said the company had fine-tuned its sales methodology for replication within other organisations.

"We have a relationship with Chubb and Honeywell, plus Siemens Business Services in Singapore,” he said. “We use systems integrators in

Australia and would love to have some resellers.

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