The Biometrics Institute was founded in July 2001 responding to an industry need for an independent and impartial international forum for the sharing of knowledge and information about biometrics and to provide best-practice guidance around the responsible use of biometrics.
The organisation is unique in that it has been set up as a user group with a majority of user members such as government departments and organisations using or planning to use biometrics running the association. The organisation's constitution requires the majority of the Board of Directors, the Chairman and Deputy Chairman to be user representatives. The Biometrics Institute has been set up to give more voting rights to its user and government members. Nonetheless, the Biometrics Institute encourages vendors of biometric and other related products and services to join as members.
The primary members are government and users of biometric services and products, with other membership categories for vendors.The members are from around the world including amongst others Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Heathrow Airport, Department of Labour - Immigration New Zealand, UK Home Office, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Singapore, Morpho and Unisys.
In June 2016, it represents 214 organisation (close to 900 individuals) from 24 different countries.
The Biometrics Institute has offices in London and Sydney.
Why are we different?
- Truly independent and self-funded organisation
- International user group
- "Getting things done" culture
- 15+ year track record of providing an unbiased forum promoting the responsible use of biometrics
- Dedicated full-time staff with excellent business, research and event organisation skills
An interview at Canberra Institute of Technology with the Chief Executive, Isabelle Moeller, about the role and mission of the Biometrics Institute'