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Biometric Consortium Conference to Explore Latest Trends


New York, NY, Aug 04, 2003

Biometric technologies aid in the complex tasks of identification and verification of individuals based on physiological characteristics or behavioral traits including hand or finger images, iris recognition and signature or keystroke dynamics. Applications of biometrics in government and business are expanding, with important implications for national security and personal privacy. The latest trends in research, development, and application of biometric technologies will be the focus of the 2003 Biometric Consortium Conference, scheduled for September 22-24, 2003, in Arlington, Virginia.

The conference is open to the general public and topics are appropriate for a wide variety of individuals, including policy developers and decision makers, IT professionals, law enforcement officers, personal authentication and information security specialists, educators and students, and more. During the two-and-half-day event, presentations, seminars and panel discussions will examine biometric-based solutions for homeland security (airport security, travel documents, visas, border control, prevention of ID theft) as well as the utilization of biometrics in other applications such as point of sale and large-scale enterprise network environments. Jeffery S. Dunn of the National Security Agency and Fernando Podio of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) serve as Biometric Consortium Co-Chairs.

The Biometric Consortium Conference provides a forum to discuss government and commercial implementations and initiatives, recent advances of the technology as well as biometric business models. Standards developments, research and evaluation of biometric technologies will also be addressed.

Co-sponsoring the conference are: the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Security Agency (NSA), the National Biometric Security Project (NBSP), the DoD Biometrics Management Office (BMO), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the West Virginia Development Office, the General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Technology Service (FTS) Center for Smart Card Solutions and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

"ANSI is addressing urgent national priorities and efforts that support homeland security. Biometric technologies in both the public and private sector benefit from the support and expertise of the standards community," said ANSI president and CEO Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz. ANSI members and other interested parties are invited to visit the ANSI booth during the conference exhibition.

The conference registration fee is $300 per person and includes coffee breaks, lunches (Monday and Tuesday), a small reception on Monday evening, and conference materials. Requests for cancellation and refund must be sent by Monday, September 8, 2003. For more information, please visit the Conference website, or contact Teresa Vicente (T: 301-975-3883; E: Teresa.Vicente@nist.gov).

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