Conference to highlight biometric technologies

July 28, 2003

Automated methods of recognizing a person based on physiological or behavioral characteristics are expected to play an increasing role in arenas ranging from international border management to airport security. These biometric systems use technologies such as fingerprint matching, face recognition or iris identification.

To showcase recent advances in the field and examine technological and security issues facing the biometrics industry, the Biometrics Consortium Conference 2003 will be held Sept. 22-24, 2003, in Arlington, Va. The conference is sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with seven other federal, state and non-profit agencies that form the consortium.

Speakers will include executives from the biometrics industry, university researchers and representatives of federal agencies such as NIST, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

The conference will include a special session on research that will address topics such as the societal and political implications of deploying biometric systems, ways to measure effectiveness of various technologies and the challenges raised by countermeasures and spoofing. Other topics will include how biometric systems are starting to be deployed in some elementary and high schools, the role of biometrics in enhancing homeland security and transportation security, real world applications, interoperability, privacy, testing and evaluation, and security.

More than 70 biometric technology exhibits will be included at the conference, which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. For conference information and to register online, go to Due to increased security at federal conferences, attendees must register in advance and produce photo identification to be admitted.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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