K9 EyeScan is an iris recognition system for the purpose of identifying dogs using an eye scanner. It is 100% non-invasive procedure that is performed in under 1 minute that does not require any training or professional certification. Also part of the solution is the interactive DogWatchers website that will be connected to the “dog” database that is going to provide the participants with social forums and community events but most importantly will allow dog owners to report their pets lost or stolen, announce rewards if found, alert pet shelters and animal control services, get help in printing and posting “lost dog” pictures in their neighbourhood, and have direct feed and social media solutions (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
The iris scan is a onetime fee that registers the dog’s iris into our database. Animal shelters around their community will have a K9 EyeScan scanner and if a registered dog is found in their possession then the owners are automatically notified. There is also an optional annual fee that allows dog owners to notify other members in their community of their lost or stolen dog through the DogWatchers website. There other members can get contact information, see if the owner offers a reward and view photos so that they too can get involved in the search. With that service social networks, animal organizations and animal shelters will also be notified. Members don’t need to own a dog or pay the annual fee to help find dogs; the fee is only for additional notification and support services. Members don’t need to pay the annual fee for shelters and pet stores to be able to identify a dog’s owner.
Realibility of the Iris
Biometric, iris-based scan is safe, fast, and completely noninvasive for the purposes of canine identification. Iris identification technology is widely used in today’s world for identification purposes, from the primary method of identification in biometric passport issued by the US State Department in the Visa Waiver Program to the Flyclear “registered traveler” program. In fact, scientific research shows that Iris identification is more reliable and has smaller margin of error than finger prints – a 2002 SANS Institute article shows an error rate of only 0.00076% and with modern algorithms it drops even further. With additional information like breed and gender the actual probability of mistaken identity is almost not there.
Based on the science and technology of iris recognition, we have developed a canine identification solution that can be used as a safer alternative to current microchip implants. Our patent pending know-how can be best described as a process and a device that scans dogs and differentiates them according to their biometric parameters. Our infrared scanner takes several dozen pictures of a dog’s iris in several seconds and chooses the ones that capture enough data to construct a unique code for each dog. Scanning a dog is more difficult than a human because it can potentially try to resist, but combination of our technology, algorithms and know-how has minimized this problem.
Advantages of K9EyeScan
The K9 EyeScan services offer numerous advantages including, but not limited to:
- Time-saving and convenient:The K9 EyeScan can be done by the dog owner while they are shopping at their favorite pet store or at the shelter during the adoption process. No special appointment or extra time is needed to register their dog’s iris.
- Simplicity/speed:The actual iris scan takes several seconds and requires no more than rudimentary computer skills without any specialized training or accreditation. It can be performed anywhere as opposed to the microchips, which have to be implanted by a veterinarian or a specially trained professional.
- Non-invasive/non-surgical:There has been a lot of up-rise in the dog ownership community recently about the potential harm that microchips can cause to an animal. The microchips are implanted into a patch of fatty tissue in a puppy that is not fully developed and can slide into unwanted areas of the body where complications can arise as the puppy grows. Also, when the chip slides it can become impossible for a technician to find it without clinical imaging procedures. There is considerable evidence that the implantable microchips can even cause cancer and some prominent animal rights advocate groups have expressed displeasure and objection to the practice of implanting the animals with microchips. There is also a lawsuit pending against Merck and Co. and its HomeAgain pet microchip for possible cancer causing effects of its microchip.
- Interactive Website:The K9-EyeScan solution includes an interactive website on which dog owners can announce their lost or stolen pets and offer rewards so local shelters and animal control services can be aware and know instantly if a dog has been lost in a community. In addition, shelters and animal control services can determine via our website the owners of the dog that ends up in their possession and contact the owner instantly. The current microchip technology requires shelters/animal control services to contact the microchip company that implanted the device, who in turn will contact the owner of the dog, and it does not provide any way for the dog owners to find out if anybody has possession of their pet. It can take up to 24 hours after the dog is found to contact its owner, which is of course too long and unacceptable for the dog owners. Also, our website will allow pet owners to involve local community in the search for their pet via social media and community watch programs.
- Strong governmental endorsement:Local, county and state governments have made substantial efforts to make “dog tagging” mandatory but were defeated on the grounds of the procedure being invasive and potentially harmful. Preliminary talks with some county animal control officials and local governments revealed their strong potential support and endorsement of our technology. A strong possibility even exists, at least at the level of some local governments, that an iris scan be made mandatory upon adoption or to claim lost dogs from shelters.