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If you are interested in making a little money while supporting efforts to enhance both personal and national security, you might want to consider participating in the SecureUS 5.0 Study.

SecureUS 5.0 Study overview

The SecureUS 5.0 Study is sponsored by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and is a collaborative effort of IARPA, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The objective of this study is to compare newly developed facial, iris, and fingerprint biometric systems to the most commonly used, commercially available systems. Specifically, the study will evaluate how effectively these systems can detect tactics designed to deceive the systems. Advanced biometric technologies that detect these deceptions can help protect personal information and enhance our national security.

The study will take place Monday – Friday during normal business hours during November and December 2021. Participation is by appointment only.

We can’t do it alone

We need help from people like you to accomplish our goals. To complete the SecureUS 5.0 Study we need approximately 1,200 volunteer participants to help us test the latest biometric sensor technologies so that we can compare them to the most commonly used, commercially available systems. Resources from around the world are supporting this effort to advance biometric technologies that can help enhance personal and national security.

What’s in it for you?

Participants will be compensated $125 after completing the full test session. Additionally, your participation in the SecureUS 5.0 Study supports efforts to enhance personal and national security through science and technology.

Who may participate?

You may be eligible to participate if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen, between the ages of 18 and 80
  • Able to provide proof of citizenship in the form of a valid government-issued ID, such as a state driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport
  • Willing and able to provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Willing to wear a face mask and practice social distancing when possible while at the test facility (If required by local government regulations)
  • Available to attend a test appointment lasting approximately 2 hours at the JHU test facility in Columbia, Maryland, Monday – Friday during normal business hours
  • Able to arrange your own transportation to the test appointment (Public transportation is available to the test facility via the Howard County Regional Transportation Associate.)

You may not be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are not a U.S. Citizen
  • Are unable to read and understand the informed consent documents
  • Are unable to provide written informed consent for any reason
  • Are unable to follow verbal and video instructions in a room with significant background noise
  • Have been advised by a healthcare provider to avoid crowds and contact with others for any reason, including communicable diseases and/or a compromised immune system
  • Are unable to move through the testing stations in a timely manner or engage in the testing process with minimal breaks for approximately 2 hours

How do I begin?

The first step is to complete the online screening process. The SecureUS 5.0 Study Web Screener provides additional information about the study and includes questions designed to determine if you are a good candidate for the study. The Web Screener also includes questions designed to collect demographic data that will support our research and strengthen the analysis of the data we collect. If you are interested in participating and think you might be a candidate, click the Web Screener link below: