Biometricsworld Executive Conference Agenda To Outline Implementation Of Biometrics For Border Security

NEW YORK and FRAMINGHAM, MA – MAY 20, 2003 – International Biometric Group (IBG), the leading biometric consulting firm, and IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today announced the final agenda for the first BiometricsWorld Executive Conference on "Biometrics and Travel Documentation: A Global Perspective on New Standards, Technologies and Applications."The BiometricsWorld Executive Conference will take place June 3-4, 2003 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel.


The two-day BiometricsWorld Executive Conference will include presentations from representatives of government agencies and industry experts from around the world who are involved in the implementation of biometrics for travel documentation and border security.

Raj Nanavati, International Biometric Group partner, will kick off the event with an opening keynote address outlining the "'State of the Union on Biometrics and Travel Documentation."In his presentation, Mr. Nanavati will put the biometric border entry/exit projects underway in the US into context and examine the key challenges that lie ahead.

Mr. Nanavati will also set the stage for featured speaker W. Russell Neuman, senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who will speak about "The Evolving Federal Agenda for Biometric Research."

According to Mr. Neuman, "International coordination on biometric standards and applications for travel will be key to improving our mutual security."

Mr. Nanavati added, "This conference will provide a critical international forum for cooperation on biometric travel documentation projects."

Gary Strong of the Department of Homeland Security will present the conference's closing keynote address, in which he will present the Department of Homeland Security's perspective on implementing these projects and sizing up the challenges and solutions that lie ahead.

Attendees will also hear from speakers such as Rick Lazarick from the Transportation Security Administration, Martin Giles from the U.K. Home Office, and many other government and industry luminaries. The conference agenda will feature a series of panel discussions, roundtables, sessions and case studies covering:

Lessons learned from recent pilots of biometrics in travel documents

Significance of privacy concerns on biometrics and travel documents

Common criteria testing of biometric technology

The International Civil Aviation Organization's proposed standards for travel documentation

U.K. Home Office's immigration and asylum fingerprinting program

Travel documentation integrity challenges and initiatives

Recent technological advances in travel documentation

Recent biometric technology advances

Update on international data exchange initiatives

Biometrics in the visa issuance process

Applications of biometrics in aviation security

The BiometricsWorld Executive Conference targets decision-makers responsible for travel documents, border control and visa issuance; policy influencers from government agencies worldwide; and representatives from technology integrators and vendors who seek a better understanding of the plans and opportunities regarding biometrics and travel documentation.

Projects associated with biometrics in travel documentation are enormous in scope. Annually, approximately 500 million people present themselves at one of the United States' 422 ports of entry seeking admission to the U.S. The Visa Enhancement Act states that the U.S. and all Visa Waiver countries must include a biometric identifier on all passports beginning in 2004. The General Accounting Office estimates that the initial cost for incorporating biometrics into border security as mandated by the USA Patriot Act of 2001 and the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 could cost nearly $12 billion in the United States alone.

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The BiometricsWorld Executive Conference is the first in the BiometricsWorld global series of events produced by IBG and IDG World Expo. This series is designed to serve industries influenced by biometric technologies as well as biometric vendors and service providers.

About International Biometric Group

International Biometric Group is the leading biometric integration and consulting firm, addressing the identification and authentication needs of mid to large size organizations. IBG brings direct, hands-on expertise in all leading biometric technologies, including multiple-biometric systems. IBG works on behalf of both private and government clients to evaluate, design, and integrate biometric solutions for public sector programs, network security, Internet applications, point of sale applications, physical access, and smart card systems. Learn more at

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IDG World Expo ( produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Integrated Security Conference & Expo, BiometricsWorld Series and Portable Power Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

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