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2004 Biometric Consortium Conference to Showcase Recent Industry Advancements

New York, Aug 09, 2004

A showcase of recent advances in technologies impacting the biometrics industry will begin on September 20, 2004, as the Biometric Consortium launches its annual three-day conference at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

The event provides a forum to address issues in a variety of areas including: homeland security, law enforcement, identity theft and interoperability. This year’s featured speakers include Asa Hutchinson, under secretary for border and transportation security at the Department of Homeland Security; James Woolsey, former director of Central Intelligence; and David M. Wennergren, chief information officer for the Department of the Navy.

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 reviewed during the period of September 20-22, 2004, 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. 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.

A technology exhibit hall will include over 75 technology displays presenting demonstrations of fingerprint, iris, 2D & 3D face and other recognition technologies. Interested parties are invited to visit the ANSI booth during the conference exhibition.

The conference registration fee is $400 per person. For more information or to register, visit the conference website at

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