Federal biometric programs are on the rise and a one-day forum on June 29 hosted by the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association aims to brief attendees and foster discussion around the projects.
The aim of the programs is to bring together government officials and private sector executives to stimulate conversation about the projects, says Michael Dougherty, CEO at SIBA. With the Department of Homeland Security moving forward on its biometric framework and replacing the legacy IDENT biometric system there is a lot of activity.
The forum is placing a focus on travel and moving passengers quickly and securely, says Dougherty. “There are a lot of moving parts and innovation and energy on government side to get these projects moving,” he explains. “We want to highlight that and give these folks an opportunity to give updates.”
The first panel will look at passenger screening technologies says Dougherty. It panel will look at innovations to improve accuracy, speed and volume in the screening and processing of large volumes of people for travel and national scale identity management enterprises, including the testing of multi-modal biometrics, contactless fingerprint capture and document authentication.
“The TSA has an innovations task force that has a new way of looking at technology insertion at airports,” Dougherty says.
The second panel will give an update on air exit and look at the future of traveler management. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will discuss recent activities and future challenges in carrying out the Congressional mandate to deploy a biometric exit system for air, land and seaports in the U.S.
The final panel will look at the future of data sharing with domestic partners, Dougherty says. Government officials from Homeland Security and industry executives will discuss advances in the sharing of biometric and biographic information with domestic and international partners to combat terrorism and crime.
The forum will take place in the Rotunda within the North Tower of the Ronald Reagan Building. More information about the forum can be found here. The event is closed to the press.