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Minority Report Style Iris Scanners In Mexico 187

TheRealPacmanJones writes "Biometrics R&D firm Global Rainmakers Inc. (GRI) announced today that it is rolling out its iris scanning technology to create what it calls 'the most secure city in the world.' In a partnership with Leon, one of the largest cities in Mexico with a population of more than a million, GRI will fill the city with eye-scanners. The scanners will help revolutionize law enforcement not to mention marketing."
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Minority Report Style Iris Scanners In Mexico

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  • Well (Score:5, Informative)

    by ignuss ( 1881746 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @06:53PM (#33295152)
    I actually live in León, and I haven't heard anything about this (not ads, not rumours, nothing). So yeah, I kind of find the note somewhat not-believable. And for the guy that said that México is in its way to anarchy, lol @ you.
  • Re:Which film? (Score:3, Informative)

    by stonewallred ( 1465497 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @06:57PM (#33295196)
    Said you can't in TFA. Eye loses blood pressure and screws up reading. Now wonder if surgery could alter the amount of pressure enough to screw scanner, while preserving vision? Maybe an ophthalmologist reads /. and can answer?
  • Re:Oookay. (Score:3, Informative)

    by Nerdfest ( 867930 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @06:59PM (#33295208)
    Most iris recognition uses the infra-red spectrum, so sunglasses won't help unless they block those frequencies.
  • Re:what a joke (Score:3, Informative)

    by ScrewMaster ( 602015 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @07:05PM (#33295260)

    Much the same may be said of the United States. Out of seven major signs of being a third world country with a first world public image, it is exhibiting seven.

    Uh, what? A superpower in decline is NOT the same thing as a third world country. Not yet, anyways

    My girlfriend is from the real third world (she emigrated to the U.S. many years ago) ... she could tell you how full of crap you are.

  • Re:Secure? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Balthisar ( 649688 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @07:10PM (#33295304) Homepage

    Actually, Leon isn't a drug lord infested stink hole like some other parts of Mexico. It's slogan was (until recently) "The best city for living in!" And it's really kind of true. The state that it's in was one of the first to throw off the shackles of the ruling PRI (you know, they guys that never gave up power after the Mexican revolution), and it progressed as a result. The previous president of Mexico (Fox, the first non-PRI president in those 71 years) was from the outskirts of Leon. Their public transportation (non-subway) system is a model for the world, and it's being adopted for many parts of Mexico City (where I currently live, and is a shithole, even the "exclusive" neighborhood where corporate housing has me). Potable water, good infrastructure, lots of various industry, a very good, middle-class standard of living, and less-than-average corruption in their police force.

    Generally speaking, Leon is /already/ one of the safest cities in Mexico.

    I go to Leon quite extensively, and so the iris scanner thing actually kind of gives me the heebie-jeebies.

  • Re:Secure? (Score:3, Informative)

    by fafalone ( 633739 ) on Wednesday August 18, 2010 @07:34PM (#33295492)
    They need to take the vast majority of the money away from the cartels. No profit removes the incentive for violence and the ability to corrupt large portions of the government. Too bad that "sends the wrong message". God forbid the people getting high illegally now be able to do it legally, and receive treatment instead of a record leaving no other path than crime. (No, there's no evidence legalization means more addiction, see the Netherlands and Portugal).
  • by jgrahn ( 181062 ) on Thursday August 19, 2010 @04:31PM (#33306780)

    I hate it when filmmakers are just a little too prophetic.

    Or maybe writers like Philip K Dick?

    I can't recall any iris scanner in the original story ...

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