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Media Release: Biometrics Institute and UN Migration Agency Consolidate Cooperation in Promoting Responsible Use of Biometrics
10 October 2017
London – The Biometrics Institute (BI) and IOM, the UN Migration Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that formalised closer collaboration on shared priorities, including promoting the responsible use of biometrics in a broad range of areas.

Viewpoint from the Biometrics Institute: Spoof or Proof
19 September 2017
This thought-leadership piece is looking at biometric vulnerabilities.

Interview with Anil Jain at Michigan State University on his latest biometric research
13 September 2017
12 September 2017

Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive in conversation with Anil Jain, Michigan State University about his latest research.

Interview with Xavier Larduinat from Gemalto on Seamless financial services: the challenge to deliver both security and convenience
13 September 2017
12 September 2017

A conversation between Isabelle Moeller, Biometrics Institute and Xavier Larduinat, Head of Banking and Payment Innovation, Gemalto about the future of financial services and the use of biometrics.
Xavier will discuss the future of biometrics in a Diamond Sponsor address at the upcoming Biometrics Congress 2017 in London on the 1-2 November.

MEDIA RELEASE: The Biometrics Institute welcomes Stephanie Schuckers as the new Head of the Academic Research and Innovation Group to further strengthen its outreach into the research community
15 August 2017
Sydney/ London - The Biometrics Institute welcomes Stephanie Schuckers as the new Head of the Institute’s Academic Research and Innovation Group, a committee within the Biometrics Institute.

MEDIA RELEASE: Biometrics Institute launches an educational initiative in South Africa
4 August 2017
The Biometrics Institute is pleased to announce its first activity in the African region; the running of the popular and well supported “Introduction to Biometrics” Short-course. The course will be held in South Africa on the 30 November – 1 December 2017.

MEDIA RELEASE: Biometrics Institute releases results from 2017 Industry Trend Tracker: on-line identity verification, mobile payments/m-commerce and financial services seen as the most significant developments over the next five years.
27 July 2017
London – The Biometrics Institute has released to its members the full report on the findings of the 2017 Biometrics Institute Industry Trend Tracker - now in its 8th year. This year the survey was upgraded and significantly shortened to 20 key questions including a new question exploring attitudes to key biometric issues.

Fast, High-Accuracy Facial Recognition is important for Executive Ordered Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking
12 June 2017
This article by Benji Hutchinson, Senior Director, NEC Advanced Recognition Systems, Washington, D.C. Operations, explains why facial recognition technology is important for a modern, effective and efficient biometric entry/exit system.

Birth registration: the fundamental step and cornerstone of identity management: revolutionary change urgently needed
12 June 2017
A defective birth registration system impairs the integrity of the identity management system of the nation and related identity documents, not to mention the social cost involved in counteractions. Ir. Dr Raymond Wong highlights the weakest links and explains why reform is required.

Francois Vermeulen new Head of Technology Innovation Expert Group
12 June 2017
Francois Vermeulen, Director of Ideco Biometric Security Solutions based in South Africa, has been appointed the new Head of the TIEG. Francois shares his thoughts on some of the interesting innovations in recent years and our the expert group can help others.

Unisys surveys 2017 Asia Pacific Conference delegates on privacy
12 June 2017
Since privacy was a key focus of the 2017 conference, Unisys asked participants for their personal views, as practitioners within the biometrics industry, on three topics:
- Acceptability of facial recognition for a range of applications
- Organisations they trust to safeguard biometric data
- Actions taken if biometric data is disclosed to unauthorised persons

Viewpoint from Biometrics Institute: Biometrics for Digital ID
6 June 2017
Only biometrics can unify the age-old opposing forces of user-experience and digital security, says Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute. When it happens, the effect will be remarkable.

Media Release: Biometrics Institute launches 2017 Industry Tracker
25 May 2017
Sydney/ London 12 May 2017 - The Biometrics Institute has launched its revamped annual Industry Survey asking members and key stakeholders to respond to 20 questions around the current status of the biometrics industry, expected developments in the next few years and attitudes towards key issues.

MEDIA RELEASE: Biometrics Institute releases a revised version of its Biometrics Privacy Guidelines to Members
16 May 2017
Sydney / London – The Biometrics Institute is finalising the revision of its Biometrics Privacy Guidelines during Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) and is briefing its members at the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference on the 17-18 May 2017 in Sydney on the key elements of the revision.

Deep Learning – the new kid in Artificial Intelligence
11 April 2017
We have heard the term 'Deep Learning' thrown around in recent years but what does this actually mean for biometrics? Dr Harin Sellahewa and Dr Hisham Al-Assam, University of Buckingham UK, briefly explains for members the underlying concept behind deep learning and implications this may have, especially for biometrics.

Kevin Bowyer shares his thoughts on research in biometrics
10 April 2017
Kevin Bowyer, University of Notre Dame, has recently taken the helm as Head of the Academic Research and Innovation user group. Kevin speaks about some of the exciting research being conducted around biometrics and areas where more could be done.

Viewpoint from Biometrics Institute: Biometrics at the Borders
28 March 2017
While policy creation for the use of biometric technologies at national borders remains a matter for government, best practices and guiding principles for effective deployment can be built through collaboration between the industry’s global stakeholders, says Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of the Biometrics Institute.

Consumer Devices Drive Public Acceptance of Biometrics
16 February 2017
While large scale public sector implementations drove the initial rollout of biometric-based applications, biometric-enabled consumer devices -- from smart phones, to car doors, to accessing mobile banking accounts -- are driving public willingness to use biometrics today. Improvements in biometric technology, coupled with this growing public acceptance, are creating the perfect storm for explosive growth in biometric applications, but not without some new challenges for organisations deploying biometric applications, says John Kendall, director border and national security programs, Unisys.

ID4Africa Annual Meeting is back in its 3rd Edition
15 February 2017
Dr. Joseph J. Atick, Executive Chairman explains why ID4Africa is bigger, better and more pertinent than ever. ID4Africa may be a young movement, but it has already founded a community by capturing the minds and hearts of a large group of people passionate about facing the identification challenges to build a more equitable Africa.

Biometrics Institute Media Release: The Biometrics Institute Week London 2017 dates announced, with a new venue and format
6 December 2016
London/ /Sydney - The Biometrics Institute announces dates for its 2017 London conference, including a range of satellite events, during the week of the 30 October – 3 November 2017.

Biometrics Institute Media Release: The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter Terrorism just confirmed to address Biometrics Institute Showcase Australia
9 November 2016
Sydney. The independent and international impartial Biometrics Institute just received confirmation that The Hon Michael Keenan MP, Minister for Justice, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter Terrorism to give the keynote opening address at next week's Showcase Australia. The event will take place at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra on the 16 November 2016.

Biometrics 2016 - Brief Overview
8 November 2016
Around 500 members and industry professionals converged in London for Biometrics Institute Week (17-21 October 2016) with the main event being the 3-day Biometrics 2016 conference, organised in partnership with Elsevier and the Biometrics Institute.

Biometrics Institute Media Release: The Biometrics Institute celebrates 15 years of promoting the responsible use of biometrics
11 October 2016
London/ /Sydney - The Biometrics Institute today celebrates its 15-year anniversary with a consistent mission of promoting the responsible use of biometrics as an independent and impartial international user group.

Media Release: The Biometrics Institute strengthens its expertise in consumer applications and digital services
22 September 2016
Sydney/ London - The Biometrics Institute welcomes Adam Hergert from ANZ Bank, Jason Holmes from Heathrow Airport and Richard Agostinelli from Crossmatch to its already impressive Board of Directors.

Inc. 5000 Ranks Integrated Biometrics No. 965 on List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies
26 August 2016
NEW YORK, N.Y. & SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Inc. magazine has ranked Integrated Biometrics, LLC, the world’s innovator in light emitting sensor (LES) film technology, No. 965 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

The listing reflects continuing success for the company as it evolves to meet increasing demand for its portfolio of FBI-certified enrollment and verification fingerprint scanners.

“Our growth is due to our team’s tireless innovation not only in developing newer and better fingerprint biometric technology, but in responding to the continually changing needs of our strategic partners and the customers they serve,” CEO Steve Thies said, adding, “The Inc. 5000 listing is a reflection of this extraordinary attention to customer service.”

Carrasco International Airport modernizes Border Control procedures and paves way to future end-to-end single-token travel journey
24 August 2016
Montevideo’s Carrasco International Airport has just inaugurated an innovative integrated Border Control solution. Easy Airport is the program that is offering passengers, for the first time in the country, self-service Automated Border Control, reinforced by the simultaneous modernization of assisted procedures. Vision-Box™ is one of the designated partners to meet the goal of the overarching SISCA - Integrated Airport Security and Control System – of boosting security, whilst revolutionizing the passenger experience.

Allevate's Cloud-Hosted Face-Searcher Face Recognition Service Integrated with Facewatch Secure Online Crime Reporting System is Launched in Brasil
22 August 2016
Allevate's Cloud-Hosted Face-Searcher Face Recognition Service Integrated with the Facewatch Secure Online Crime Reporting System is Launched in Brasil

Jenetric: Announcing the miniaturization of tenprint scanner
19 August 2016
SAVE THE DATE
September 19-22, 2016

JENETRIC unveils new highlights at Global Identity Summit, Booth 507

Wearable Technology To Revolutionise Biometrics!
18 August 2016
The convergence of wearable technology and biometrics has the potential to turn the application of biometrics on its head! says John Kendall, director border and national security programs, Unisys. Find out why law enforcement and border security are likely to lead adoption, while new formats and sensors will enable wider commercial application of wearable biometrics. Yet as ever, privacy concerns will need to be addressed.

Farewell Michelle and Introducing Claire
17 August 2016
The Biometrics Institute welcomes our newest team member, Claire Bevis, looking after member engagement in the southern hemisphere.

Press Release: Biometric solution by Vision-Box is modernizing criminal identification processes in Brazil
9 August 2016
The Mato Grosso State Court of Justice is currently conducting a pilot program using a biometric enrollment solution to improve the personal identification processes in criminal hearings. A Vision-Box™ developed portable solution that allows the real-time collection of biometric and biographic data ensures an accurate verification of the enrolled person’s identity during all the stages of the hearings.

Press release: NEC Launches SmartScan - Livescan Made Smart!
8 August 2016
NEC Launches SmartScan - Livescan Made Smart!
The Global Biometric Leader launches its First Multi Modal Capture Livescan Solution

Media Release: Biometrics Institute releases results from 2016 Industry Survey
4 August 2016
Alongside Border Control, Mobile ID was seen as the most significant development in the biometrics world over the last 12 months but further implementation in mobile payments/m-commerce and online authentication and payments is expected in the near future.

Media Release: Biometrics Institute warns against proposed French bill limiting the use of biometric technologies
3 June 2016
London - The Biometrics Institute has made a submission to the French Senate and National Assembly highlighting its concerns about the proposed amendments to the 1978 Data Protection Act which would limit the use of biometric technologies.

Media Release: Biometrics Institute launches 2016 Industry Survey with updated questions
17 May 2016
Sydney/ London - The Biometrics Institute has launched its 2016 Industry Survey which invites members and key stakeholders to share their views on recent and anticipated developments in the use of biometrics.

Media Release: The Biometrics Institute releases a summary of its proposed Privacy Trust Mark
9 May 2016
Sydney/ London: To mark Privacy Week 2016, the Biometrics Institute has released a summary paper updating members and stakeholders on the progress of and next steps for its proposed Privacy Trust Mark. The Privacy Trust Mark Summary Paper gives an overview of the two stages completed to date; stage one delivered a feasibility study and roadmap while stage two delivered a self-assessment questionnaire and Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) template which will be trialed as part of the stage three of the project. A formal project update will be delivered at the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference in Sydney, Australia on 25-26 May 2016 and London Member Meeting on 24 June 2016.

Media Release: The Biometrics Institute launches online job board
29 April 2016
Sydney/ London - The Biometrics Institute is proud to announce a new service available to its members and stakeholders of the biometrics industry with the launch of an online job board.

Media Release: Biometrics Institute develops self-assessment criteria for proposed Privacy Trust Mark
13 April 2016
London/ Sydney: The Biometrics Institute has been working on a proposed Privacy Trust Mark since early 2015. Stage two of the project, exploring a set of initial technical criteria sufficient to pilot the proposal, was recently completed. The first stage, completed in mid-2015, provided a feasibility and landscape study as well as a roadmap for implementation which confirmed strong support for such a mark.

Media Release: The Biometrics Institute strengthens international cross-sector expertise on its Board of Directors keeping responsible use at the heart of biometric applications
10 March 2016
Sydney/ London - The Biometrics Institute welcomes Greg Henwood from the UK Government Ministry of Justice and Andy Foote from Wells Fargo Bank USA, to its already impressive Board of Directors.

Media Release: Biometrics Institute publishes revised version of its Biometrics Privacy Guidelines
2 February 2016
The Biometrics Institute has finalised the revised version of its Biometrics Privacy Guidelines on World Privacy Day (28 January 2016) and has now made it available to all its members.

Media Release: Biometrics Institute releases a new version of the Biometrics Institute Privacy Guidelines, a universal and international best-practice guide
5 October 2015
Sydney / London – The Biometrics Institute has released the new Biometrics Institute Privacy Guidelines to its members to provide guidance on best-practice for biometrics and privacy.

Media Release: Biometrics Institute demystifies some biometric vulnerabilities in its release of the Top 10 Vulnerability Questions
17 September 2015
London/ Sydney. The independent and international impartial Biometrics Institute released its guiding document “Top 10 Vulnerability Questions” to its members and key stakeholders, providing clarification around some of the frequently asked questions about the spoofing of biometrics.

Media Release: Biometrics Institute progresses the work on a Biometrics Institute Trust Mark
8 September 2015
London/ Sydney: The independent and international impartial Biometrics Institute has received funding from the Australian government to take its Trust Mark development to the next stage.

Biometrics 2015: A Q & A session with Biometrics Institute CEO Isabelle Moeller
19 August 2015
The Biometrics Institute is carefully planning the upcoming Biometrics 2015: Secure Identity Solutions Now!, held October 13 – 15 at the QEII Centre in Westminster, London.

Media Release: Biometrics Institute continues to grow.
10 July 2015
The Biometrics Institute is delighted to announce that it now has reached a total membership of 182 organisations, representing over 650 individuals from around the world.

Biometrics Institute stresses importance of basic privacy principles such as consent and notice to build trust in biometrics
24 June 2015
London/ Sydney - The independent and international impartial Biometrics Institute has expressed its disappointment that the U.S. National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) Privacy Multistakeholder Consultation (https://www.ntia.doc.gov/other-publication/2016/privacy-multistakeholder-process-facial-recognition-technology) in the USA regarding a voluntary code of conduct for companies using Facial Recognition Technology seems to have failed with the withdrawal of representatives from privacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Center for Democracy and Technology.

Biometrics Institute Media Release: Australian Federal Budget 2015 released. Good news for the biometrics industry but debate needed on the key issues.
14 May 2015
Sydney - The independent and international impartial Biometrics Institute has welcomed yesterday's Federal Budget 2015 announcement in Australia as good news for the biometrics industry but stresses the importance of understanding all technical and privacy issues related to the use of biometrics. That discussion will take place on the 27-28 May 2015 in Sydney at the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific conference.

Media Release: Biometrics Institute, Mobey Forum and Natural Security Alliance join forces to promote biometrics for digital services
14 May 2015
London, UK - The Biometrics Institute, Mobey Forum and Natural Security Alliance today announce a cross-association collaboration to promote the use of biometrics in digital services, together with details of its inaugural meeting, on biometrics for non-government services, held in Paris on the 1st July 2015.

The Times: Biometrics and Identity Management
1 May 2015
The Times released an insert on biometrics and identity today with the support from the Biometrics Institute amongst others.

Media Release: Biometrics Great but be Careful Biometrics Institute tells Senate Committee.
24 April 2015
London/ Sydney. The independent and international impartial Biometrics Institute representing users, vendors and researchers in the biometric field has warned Governments that extra care must be taken when Governments use children’s biometrics for border protection and other purposes.

Biometrics Institute features Terry Hartmann, former Director, on Sky News about consumer biometrics
14 March 2015
The Biometrics Institute was invited to talk about consumer biometrics on Sky News in London today for Sky News at 5pm. The former long-serving Director, Dr Terry Hartmann, who is the VP of Industry Applications, Unisys.

Media Release: Biometrics Institute offers to fill gaps in governance through facilitation of open dialogue on how to build trust in biometrics in its international cross-user forum
7 March 2015
London - The independent and international Biometrics Institute representing over 180 biometric users, academia and the industry welcomes the work of the Science and Technology Committee of the UK government proposing an open and public debate around the use of biometrics by the Government to build trust in biometrics.

Media Release: Biometrics Institute continues to push agenda for building increased trust in biometrics with a Biometrics Institute Trust Mark proposal
2 February 2015
London/ Sydney, 2 February 2015. The independent and international impartial Biometrics Institute has awarded a contract to Lockstep Consulting for a feasibility study for a Biometrics Institute Trust Mark.

Identification and verification firm Facebanx joins the Biometrics Institute
29 July 2014
Facebanx announced it has joined the Biometrics Institute, bringing the member count to 155 including Gemalto, Hitachi Europe, Nuance Communications and Unisys.

Travellers will give up biometrics for expedited access
30 June 2014
Using biometrics for expedited access to security lines and border crossings isn’t a new trend and 89% of travelers from six countries would be willing to give up biometric data to cross borders, according to a survey from Accenture.

Biometrics a safe bet: experts
17 June 2014
The peak global body for biometrics has flatly rejected comments made by a Facebook security guru who claimed that biometric technology was worse than passwords.

Hon. Scott Morrison MP addresses an audience of over 150 delegates at the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference on 28 May 2014, Dockside Sydney
11 June 2014
Read the Minister's speech at the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference on 28 May 2014, Dockside Sydney. Click the link to access the speech.

Biometrics eyed for future payments
28 May 2014
Apple, PayPal adoption of fingerprints could lead the way, say payment officials

Immigration and Border Protection to invest $700 million in border security
28 May 2014
Investment includes the collection of biometrics data about travellers

Hon. Scott Morrison MP expected to address the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference
20 May 2014
Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to address the Biometrics Institute Asia-Pacific Conference on 28 May 2014, Dockside Sydney.

Government discuss service delivery and developments in biometric technologies at the Biometrics Institute Technology Showcase
29 October 2013
As biometrics moves closer to the mainstream, its application is being analysed and evaluated by government agencies and private sector organisations around the world.

Convenience is key to making biometric technologies a realistic option and we are seeing agencies such as Immigration New Zealand and Australian Customs and Border Protection Service utilise technologies such as SmartGate.

Alessandro Acquisti: Why privacy matters
28 October 2013
The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters.

Next generation of SmartGate proves popular
18 October 2013
Customs Minister Maurice Williamson says results from a trial of the next generation of SmartGate technology will now be analysed by Customs.

Tender released: Provision of a Facial Recognition System (FRS) for the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) which is suitable for re-use by other public sector bodies.
9 April 2013
The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) requires a Facial Recognition System (FRS) to help determine an applicants entitlement to and eligibility for a British Passport.

Tender Notice: Border Force Strategic Procurement of "Next Generation" e-Passport Gates
8 February 2013
Border Force currently has e-Passport Gates (e-Gates) operating across 10 UK airports (15 terminals) in the UK. The existing e-Passport Gates are used to verify the identity and eligibility of EEA, UK and Swiss e-Passport holders quickly and securely as they cross the border.
Tender closes: 8 February 2012 at 4pm

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