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Seminar on biometric technology deployment.

European Biometrics Forum : 02 October, 2007  (Company News)
EBF hosts seminar to discuss the wide scale deployment of ID management systems in Europe.
The impact of current biometric deployments on the European research agenda is the focus of the 3rd EBF Research Seminar which is taking at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Brussels.

The event, co-hosted with Cybion and the EC's Joint Research Centre will examine the importance of research in positioning Europe as a world leader in biometrics. The Seminar will also hear first hand experiences of large scale deployments and projects in Europe and globally. Expert speakers at the event include Baroness Sarah Ludford, MEP and Frank Paul, Richard Rinkins, and Jacques Bus from the European Commission..

Some of the topics to be discussed include the increasing use of biometrics, enabling the development of European large scale id-management systems; the impact of biometric enabled ID-management systems on civil rights; drivers for World class R& D in Europe and an update on the current status of large scale Biometric Systems deployments.


Today, there will be three separate panels; policy, research and citizens/end-users as well as presentations and the announcement of the winner of the EBF European Biometric Research Award

The Seminar will hear Presentations from three of the finalists of the EBF European Biometrics Research Award 2007 today. The Award, now in its second year, is made annually to an individual who has been judged by a panel of internationally respected experts to be making a significant contribution to the field of biometrics research in Europe as evidenced by the submission of a research paper and delivery of a presentation. The 3 finalists are Mr Hervé Bredin, from GET-ENST in Paris, France; Mr Hugo Gamboa from the Institut Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal and Mr Krzysztof Kryszczuk, (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

The winner of the EBF European Biometrics Research Award 2007 will receive a €5,000 honorarium and a commemorative medal, which will be presented by the Chair of the award, Mr Jacques Bus from the European Commission.
For more information about the award, please go to Research Award 2007 on the EBF website.

The second day of the Seminar will host panels on Projects and Deployments, Standards & Testing and Industry. The 'Standards, Testing & Certification' Panel will discuss 'What is Europe doing to meet the demands for the provision of independent assurance for biometric technologies?' and the 'Industry' Session will look at 'What Industry offers to support the development of a strong and competitive market in the European Union'


2007 is the year that we move from a rather theoretical discussion about biometrics into a pragmatic one. An important indication of this is that we are moving from a technology push market into a market pull, where the end users have a greater understanding of needs and demands translating into stronger requirements. Biometrics are now being used in a variety of application area's.

Now we are in the first stage of biometrics enabled passports, the immediate question is how these new features can and should be used at airports, land borders and sea borders. With the new VIS in sight (including the Biometric Matching System) challenges occur concerning the actual use of the hardware and software at the many consulates and embassies all over the world.
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