Iris scans could be 'as common as fingerprinting'


By Wendy Koch
USA TODAY


(AP Photo/Chuck Stoody)
SANTA FE, N.M. A growing number of sheriff's departments are using iris scans to identify sex offenders, runaways, abducted children and wandering Alzheimer's patients.

More than 2,100 departments in 27 states are taking digital pictures of eyes and storing the information in databases that can be searched later to identify a missing person or someone who uses a fake name, says Sean Mullin, president of BI{+2} Technologies, which sells the devices.

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