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IDGA Hosts Biometrics Event For National Security

The Institute For Defense And Government Advancement (IDGA) : 10 December, 2010  (Company News)
Facial recognition technology in defence and national security applications to be discussed by visiting expert to IDGA's annual biometrics event
Within minutes of knocking down the door of a suspected bomb maker in the Middle East, US troops can fingerprint everyone they find inside, send scans across a satellite rink and find out if the subjects are suspected terrorists. Biometrics - the science of identifying a person through their unique body measurements such as fingerprints, iris scans, voice prints or DNA - has come a long way, so much so, that a submission from theater can be searched in the DoD Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) with a response back to theatre in less than two minutes.

In keeping with these developments, Dr Harry Wechsler, Professor of Computer Science at George Mason University, spoke with IDGA's Senior Editor Nick Yonker on biometrics and specifically facial recognition software. He details his FERET facial database developed at GMU and how this type of technology can be utilized by DoD and DHS. He also talks about what he sees as robust biometric authentication and describes its challenges and tasks. In addition, Dr Wechsler elaborates on the future of R & D and how it will impact future use and implementation of this technology and systems.

Dr Wechsler will be speaking at IDGA's 4th Annual Biometrics for National Security and Defense taking place January 24-26, 2011 at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner Hotel, Vienna, VA.
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