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BioTesting Europe to provide biometric component test service.

European Biometrics Forum : 03 December, 2007  (Company News)
European Biometrics Forum establishes testing capabilities to enable the certification of systems and components for biometric use within Europe.
In view of the European Commission's objective of establishing European interoperability within large scale cross national identity management systems (passports, visa, id-cards), a major European FP6 project known as BioTesting Europe is being launched today. BioTesting Europe prepares the setting up of European centres for the testing and certification of biometric components and systems

The European Biometrics Forum is leading BioTesting Europe along with other renowned experts in biometrics systems and standards and testing, including the National Physical Laboratory (UK), Fraunhofer IGD (Germany) and DG Joint Research Centre (European Commission, Italy).

The BioTesting Europe website with information and up-to-date news on the project has also been launched.

According to EC policies, as stated in The Hague Programme, a coherent approach and harmonised solutions on biometric identifiers and data are necessary in the fight against illegal immigration and to improve the security of the European citizens.

It's recognised that although much work has been done in the area of independent testing of biometric systems, there are still many issues to be resolved due to a fragmentation of efforts and a lack of coordinated input by end users. To improve this situation, BioTesting Europe aims at setting up a framework for a European network of testing laboratories for performance and interoperability testing and security evaluation of biometric systems.

Max Snijder, Project Co-ordinator and CEO of the European Biometrics Forum, explained;
"In order to establish European interoperability within large identity management systems, more specific requirements for designing testing and evaluation schemes are needed. An integrated and European approach is the absolute success factor in achieving these goals. That means simultaneous actions are needed that facilitate alignment between all levels of stakeholders that are involved: end users, testing laboratories, accreditation organisations and industry."

Tony Mansfield of National Physical Laboratory outlined the reach of the project;
'Reliable, traceable testing and certification is vital to the development and deployment of large scale biometric systems. BioTesting Europe will address many of the outstanding issues surrounding this area by working with all stakeholders to fully understand the market needs.'

Christoph Busch, Fraunhofer IGD added; 'Testing and certification schemes need to be based on international standards as developed by ISO/IEC JTC SC37. Of specific relevance is the compliance of testing schemes with the SC37 biometric performance testing standard and conformance testing against the SC37 data interchange formats.'

The objectives of the project include outlining the need for testing and certification schemes, making an inventory of existing capabilities, mapping user requirements and defining the business case. The project will then establish a European Biometric Testing and Certification Roadmap and a Work plan for the further development of European biometrics testing and certification facilities.

The BioTesting Europe project, which will be completed early next year, provides a valuable path to the development of proper European testing capabilities in the area of biometrics.

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