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The mission of the Biometrics Institute is to promote the responsible use of biometrics as an independent and impartial international forum for biometric users and other interested parties.

It was founded in July 2001 responding to an industry need for an impartial forum for sharing knowledge and information about biometrics. It has offices in London and Sydney and has created a global biometrics network. You can listen to an introduction to the Biometrics Institute in the podcast from October 2012.

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 the organisation. 

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 204 organisation (800 individuals) from 24 different countries.

Why are we different?

  • Truly independent and self-funded organisation
  • International user group
  • Dedicated full-time staff with excellent business, research and event organisation skills
  • "Getting things done" culture
  • 14+ year track record of providing an unbiased forum promoting the responsible use of biometrics

First article about the Biometrics Institute establishment:

"Biometrics: The body and soul of security" by Jeanne-Vida Douglas, ZDNet Australia, 14 February 2002

More media on biometrics

An interview at Canberra Institute of Technology with the Chief Executive, Isabelle Moeller, about the role and mission of the Biometrics Institute'

Opening of Biometrics 2014: The future of identity starts here! (21 October 2014):
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Importance of trust - an interview with Accenture (June 2014):
Follow the link and scroll down to the second video: The chain of trust perspectives video

Redefining privacy - introduction to the Biometrics Institute (April 2014):

Biometrics Institute Directors' Panel addressing the Future of Travel with biometrics (May 2013):

"Biometrics" Raconteur insert in The Times, 25 February 2013.

"Biometrics still searching for a pulse" by David Braue, ZDNet Australia on 6 April 2005.

"Companies get into a biometrics groove" by Sue Cant, Fairfax Digital, 23 December 2003.


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