The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) started the Iris Challenge Evaluation (ICE). They want to evaluate iris recognition on large scale. Iris recognition could proof to be a precise way to identify a person, just as fingerprints. The ICE project wants to find out how accurate iris recognition can be. NIST will first team up researchers and academici to evaluate and improve current recognition systems, and then start a large scale evaluation on the systems. Goal is to assess the current level of performance, and promote development of current and new systems. Some of the sponsor are NIST, the Transportation Security Administration, the FBI and the national Institute of Justice. All you want to know about iris recognition technology can be found on this site.