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First ANSI-HSSP Workshop on Biometrics

New York, Sep 25, 2003

The Homeland Security Standards Panel of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI-HSSP) commenced its exploratory activities with the first of a planned series of workshops addressing the role of standards and conformity assessment in relation to homeland security needs. The September 24 workshop held in Arlington, VA, focused specifically on biometric technologies with the aim of identifying existing standards, standards under development, and gap areas in biometrics standardization as well as to identify any existing or required conformity assessment programs.

The workshop was moderated by Fernando Podio of the convergent information systems division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST/ITL), chair of the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC 1) Subcommittee 37 (SC37) – Biometrics and chair of INCITS/M1 – Biometrics. Approximately 40 biometrics experts attended, representing organizations, government agencies, companies, and standards developing committees. Presenters included Cathy Tilton, U.S. Head of Delegation to JTC 1/SC 37, INCITS/M1 international representative, and director of special projects at SAFLINK Corp.; Mike Hogan of NIST; and Rick Lazarick, DHS - Transportation Security Laboratory.

“I am very pleased with the turnout and enthusiastic participation,” said Mr. Podio. “The workshop was successful in generating the necessary information to produce a report for this important homeland security area, and move forward from there.”

A report is targeted for completion by October 31, 2003, and will detail all known national and international standards and guidelines (published and under development); conformity assessment activities in the biometrics area; and an identification of gap areas, areas for coordination, and any questions or issues concerning homeland security needs resulting from workshop discussions.

The American National Standards Institute's Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) has as its mission to identify existing consensus standards, or, if none exists, assist the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and those sectors requesting assistance to accelerate development and adoption of consensus standards critical to homeland security. The ANSI-HSSP promotes a positive, cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors in order to meet the needs of the nation in this critical area.

For more information contact Matt Deane, ANSI-HSSP Secretary (212-642-4992;

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