23rd April 2010
THE GRAND PRIX OF THE 38th INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF INVENTIONS,
GENEVA, TO AN INFALLIBLE SPANISH OCULAR BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION
The grand prix of the 38th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva has been
awarded to Madam Celia Sanchez-Ramos Roda, from Spain, for a new method and system
for ocular biometric identification. This non-invasive invention, which has no side effects,
can compare within a second the internal topography of the cornea with that in a database.
The machine and the method are infallible because they allow internal observation of the
organ, contrary to the current systems.
Professor and researcher at the University of Compultense in Madrid, Madam Celia Sanchez-
Ramos, photographs under different angles, twice, the cornea of the person to be identified.
More than 1000 points are the object of comparison with the eye topography which has
been previously saved in a database. If the cornea is subject to modification due to surgery,
we only need to save a new image to guarantee correct identification of the individual. The
method and the system are obviously destined to police services, security and customs.
Nevertheless, the applications go farther, because the inventor imagines access control
under different forms, from hotels to offices, banks to places requiring a greater security of
access. The next step is mass production for universal commercialisation. If needed, further
information is available at www.celiasanchezramos.com
The international jury, composed of 85 members, rewarded this invention above all the
thousand amazing inventions presented in Geneva. They awarded 53 other special prizes.
The public voted for the most popular invention and this prize has been awarded to the
Swiss man, André Vernay for his cap which prevents gasoline being put into a tank instead
With the compliments of Jean-Luc Vincent, President and
Gérard Sermier, press officer.