Converus demonstrated EyeDetect during a five-minute “numbers test” with conference attendees and correctly identified deception with an accuracy of nearly 96 percent.
LEHI, Utah – Nov. 17, 2016 – Treatment providers, as well as corrections and law enforcement officers, attending the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) conference in Orlando, Florida on Nov. 2-5, learned how a new scientific tool called EyeDetect can accurately verify sex offender statements made during treatment and/or parole evaluations.
ATSA, an international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to preventing sexual abuse, holds an annual conference to provide training and news of the latest technology relating to issues in both victim and perpetrator research and treatment.
EyeDetect, by Converus, is the world’s first nonintrusive lie detection technology that accurately detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye behavior. To prove its accuracy, ATSA attendees were instructed to select a number between 2 and 9, secretly write it down, and then lie when the computer presented their number on the screen.
The EyeDetect Station’s high-definition, infrared eye-tracking camera takes approximately 60 measurements per second of involuntary eye behavior — including pupil dilation, blink rate and other eye movements — to detect deception. During the five-minute numbers demonstration, the eye-tracking camera took about 18,000 measurements per eye to determine when the examinee was lying.
The probability of EyeDetect randomly guessing the correct number is 1 in 8, or 12.5 percent. At the conference, EyeDetect correctly identified the secret number 23 out of 24 times for an accuracy of 95.8 percent.
Abbey Simon, director of offender maintenance at the New Hampshire Department of Corrections in Manchester, said she was initially very skeptical of EyeDetect, but all doubt was eliminated when the technology correctly identified her number.
“To achieve an accuracy rate of nearly 96 percent truly demonstrates the effectiveness of EyeDetect,” said Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen. “Sex offenders are not typically incarcerated for life, so the ATSA professionals that assess, treat and manage these offenders are making our communities safer. Effective treatment doesn’t begin until offenders disclose all their crimes, and EyeDetect is a key tool that can identify when offenders are withholding the truth.”
Mickelsen added EyeDetect can also determine when offenders are engaged in high-risk activities or violating parole restrictions.
Tim App, BS, president of The Counseling and Psychotherapy Center (CPC) in Needham, Massachusetts said, “I was surprised that EyeDetect was able to detect my deception on the numbers test. As one of the largest treatment providers in America, CPC is constantly looking at tools and technologies to help us better serve our customers. We will definitely take a close look at EyeDetect to determine if the data provided is comparable to or better than the technologies we are currently using.”
Most companies, in countries where it’s legal to administer lie detection tests in the workplace, use EyeDetect for pre-employment screening of job candidates and periodic testing of current employees. Mickelsen said EyeDetect is not only ideal for screening job candidates in government, law enforcement and corrections, but also visa applicants, immigrants, probationers and parolees.
For more information, visit www.converus.com.
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Converus (“with truth”) is committed to providing trustworthy credibility assessment solutions. Its flagship product, EyeDetect® is the first ocular-motor deception detection solution. It’s an accurate, cost-effective, efficient, secure and nonintrusive method that detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye behavior. The same scientists credited with computerizing the polygraph in 1991 developed EyeDetect. It’s a new way for organizations to manage risk and ensure workplace integrity, and for law enforcement agencies and governments to detect deception. Ultimately, it helps protect countries, corporations and communities from corruption, fraud and threats. Converus is headquartered in Lehi, Utah. Visit www.converus.com.
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