Ministry of National Security of Jamaica Makes Significant Investment in EyeDetect — the Most Technologically Advanced Lie Detector
Jamaica joins other Caribbean nations to use this ocular-motor-based lie detection technology. MNS chose EyeDetect to screen job applicants with more speed and accuracy.
Jamaican Minister of National Security Robert Montague, seen here at a citizenship ceremony, is committed to making investments in technology like EyeDetect to bolster his country’s security.
LEHI, Utah – March 14, 2018 – To support its commitment to make Jamaica safer, the Ministry of National Security (MNS) will use EyeDetect, the world’s first nonintrusive lie detection technology that accurately detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye and other behaviors. MNS currently has numerous positions to fill. As soon as training in this new technology is completed, EyeDetect will begin screening job candidates.
Converus, a Utah-based tech start-up, introduced EyeDetect to the market in 2014 — after its science team spent more than 10 years developing the technology. It’s currently being used by security forces in other nearby countries such as Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent, and Trinidad. MNS purchased three EyeDetect Stations and 3,000 test licenses from Strategic Control, a Jamaica-based Converus Service Partner.
The Jamaican Minister of National Security, the Honorable Robert Montague, said the Capital A budget for national security this financial year is J4.4- billion dollars, which is the most ever requested. The budget was previously J2.2-billion dollars and was doubled to show the government’s commitment to fight crime. Minister Montague said some of the key investments will be in technology.
“EyeDetect is the only ocular-motor based lie detection technology and the most accurate screening test solution on the market,” said Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen. “It’s the first breakthrough in effectively uncovering lies since the polygraph was invented nearly 100 years ago.”
Unlike polygraph, there are no cables or sensors attached to the examinee during an EyeDetect test. Because the test is automated and results are determined by a computer algorithm, EyeDetect is 100 percent unbiased. Polygraph exams, the long-time standard for lie detection, require a trained examiner, take at least 90 minutes to conduct, and reports can sometimes take hours to receive.
There are five steps to an EyeDetect test. First, the person being tested sits in front of an EyeDetect Station, which is a computer equipped with an infrared eye-tracking camera. The eye tracker is calibrated to monitor involuntary eye behavior — including pupil dilation, blink rate and other eye movements. Second, the person answers a series of true/false questions for 30 minutes. Next, the question responses, along with eye behaviors, are measured and stored on a secure, encrypted computer. Fourth, at the conclusion of the test, the eye measurements and test responses are uploaded to a secure cloud server where they’re analyzed by proprietary algorithms. And last, a detailed report is generated within 5 minutes, indicating whether the person is credible or deceptive.
The eye-tracking camera takes approximately 60 measurements per second of involuntary eye behavior in each eye. During the course of the 30-minute EyeDetect test, over 90,000 eye measurements are recorded and over 1 million data points are collected.
MNS Departments and Agencies include: Jamaica Constabulary Force, Jamaica Defence Force, Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency, The Department of Correctional Services, Private Security Regulation Authority, Firearm Licensing Authority, Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre, Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, Private Security Regulation Authority, and Jamaica Combined Cadet Force.