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August 12, 2019 | Tom Ballard

ORNL licenses technology to global leader in augmented identity

IDEMIA Identity & Security USA, a global leader in augmented identity, has licensed an advanced optical array developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

According to a news release from the lab, “the portable technology can be used to help identify individuals in challenging outdoor conditions. The system is designed to capture usable images of subjects inside moving vehicles, using an array of camera lenses that are sensitive to light intensity and direction. Resulting photos are enhanced with machine learning, resulting in high-quality composite images. The invention overcomes effects such as low contrast, distance and glare typical when photographing subjects through windshields. This technology, as applied by IDEMIA, has the potential to expedite vehicles at critical checkpoints.”

IDEMIA has offices around the world. The company has clients in 180 countries, generates $3 billion in revenues annually, and employs 14,000 people.

At a recent signing ceremony, key players were captured in this photograph. Seated are Donnie Scott, Senior Vice President – Public Security for North America at IDEMIA, and Michelle Buchanan, ORNL Deputy Director for Science and Technology, who signed the licensing agreement for ORNL’s advanced optical array technology. Standing, from left, are Hector Santos-Villalobos and Marc Filigenzi of ORNL; Teresa Wu and Kaustubh Deshpande of IDEMIA; Christi Johnson, David Bolme, Shaun Gleason, Michael Paulus and Eugene Cochran of ORNL; and Ryan Connolly of IDEMIA.

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