Identify yourself

In an innovative and forward-thinking programme, more than 50 top international speakers at Biometrics 2008 will reveal how biometric technology such as fingerprint, facial and iris recognition is being used to identify individuals – from large-scale government projects such as the national ID card scheme, law enforcement and border control to physical and logical access control in the workplace.             

Reflecting on the increased adoption of biometric technology by the public sector, the programme features numerous case studies from around the world, reviews, results from the latest trials and tests, and explores topical concerns such as identity management and privacy issues. The three-day conference takes place 21-23 October 2008 in Westminster, London and is supported by a large exhibition.
The conference kicks off with an update on the UK National Identity Scheme from Meg Hillier, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Identity, who will outline the final steps in preparing for the launch of the first identity cards for foreign nationals and guide delegates through plans for further roll-outs of the scheme through to 2010. A round-table session will then review the use of identity cards in a variety of applications and discuss key areas of concern as well as highlight future government plans and benefits for both consumers and businesses.

Help! My biometric has been stolen
One of the public’s key concerns with national identity cards is the issue of stolen or compromised biometrics. In a special session, experts in the field, including Duncan Hind, executive director of Integrity and Security from the UK Identify and Passport Service take a close look at this area including what can be done to protect the individual and, should the worst happen, how to get your identity back.              

Additional presentations look at the issues of privacy, anonymous biometric authentication and technical developments to further protect the individual.
In the afternoon session, delegates are offered a choice of presentations as the programme switches to a dual-stream format. A series of presentations outlines how the police, among others, are using biometrics in mobile applications while a further stream looks at the role of biometrics in improving efficiency and safeguarding against fraud in the workplace.

An international perspective
The first day concludes with a look at the role of biometrics in INTERPOL, looking at the current programme and the opportunities to further develop this though increased international cooperation.
A special session, in cooperation with the European Commission, on the second day of the conference focuses on the increasing use of biometric technology in Europe to enhance border security and immigration. Delegates will learn how the technology is currently being used, future plans and the challenges which need to be overcome to achieve interoperability on a European scale.
Biometrics are increasingly being specified to facilitate border control. A series of presentations review the area of effective automated biometric border control such as ePassports and entry/exit systems including the Australian Customs SmartGate, border control in Japan, VB-eGate and a registered traveller scheme using mobile phones.

New biometrics and future needs
The conference concludes with a look to the future. Round-table and industry sessions will review a number of state-of-the-art technological initiatives being investigated around the world, the latest tests and results, and look at the next phase of biometric standardisation.
New for 2008 is the introduction of a one-day conference session offering a practical introduction to the use of advanced ID technologies in the corporate workplace.
Free visitor entry
The conference is supported by a large exhibition featuring international biometrics suppliers, systems integrators and related ID and authentication solutions suppliers. The following companies are among those exhibiting at Biometrics 2008:
3M United Kingdom PLC, 4G Identity Solutions, Aditech Ltd, AOptix Technologies, Artec Group, Asia Software, Aurora Computer Services Limited, Aware, Inc., BMS Biometrics, Cherry Electrical Products Ltd, Cogent Systems, Inc, Cognitec Systems, Cross Match Technologies GmbH, DAON, Datastrip, Dermalog, Fujitsu Europe Ltd, GenKey, Hitachi Europe, Human Recognition Systems Ltd, IDEX, ImageWare Systems, Innovatrics, IrisGuard, L-1 Identity Solutions, LG Electronics USA Inc, Lumidigm, Max ID, NASK, NEC, OmniPerception Ltd, Photo-Me International, RCG, Regula Ltd, Sagem Securite, secunet Security Networks AG, Secure Design Institute, Smart Sensors Ltd, Speed Identity AB, Sphere Security, Stepnexus (Multos), Suprema Inc, TBS Holding AG, TST Biometrics GmbH, Unilink, Vision Box, WCC Services – Smart Search & Match
Entry to the exhibition is free and all pre-registered visitors are entered into a prize draw for the chance to win an iPod nano.

For more information
For details of the full conference programme and to register as a conference delegate or exhibition visitor visit Biometrics 2008 will be held at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in Westminster, 21-23 October 2008.

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