First Biometrics World Conference on Implementing Biometrics for Border Security Sells Out

NEW YORK AND FRAMINGHAM, MA – JUNE 10, 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 that the first BiometricsWorld Executive Conference(TM) on biometrics and travel documentation was sold out last week as participants gathered to learn up-to-the-minute information and progress on the state of integrating biometrics into border protection in the U.S. and abroad. The BiometricsWorld Executive Conference, the first in a series of international BiometricsWorld events, took place June 3-4, 2003 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel.


Nearly 200 professionals from the public and private sectors representing nine countries gathered to obtain critical updates and recommendations for implementing biometrics for travel documentation and border security. From the private sector, participating companies included AT&T; Boeing Company; Booz Allen Hamilton; Cogent Systems; GE; IBM; Identix; Iridian; Lockheed Martin; National Defense University; NEC; Northrop Grumman Info Tech; Printrak, A Motorola Company; Red Cloud LLC; SAGEM Morpho; Smiths Heimann Biometrics; Veridian; Wheelock Inc. and more.

Senior government officials and industry-leading vendors and consultants speaking at the conference included, among others:

Raj Nanavati, Partner, International Biometric Group

— Russ Neuman, Senior Policy Analyst at the White House Office

of Science and Technology

— Robert Mocny, Director of the U.S. VISIT program at the U.S.

Department of Homeland Security

— Jim Williams, Deputy Director of the U.S. VISIT program at the

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

— Gary Strong, Director, Behavioral Research and Biometrics

Science and Technology Directorate at the U.S. Department of

Homeland Security

— Rick Lazarick, Transportation Security Administration

— Richard McClevey, Department of State representative to the

ICAO New Technologies Working Group

— Martin Giles, Assistant Director, UK Immigration Service

— Gayle Nix, CIO, Information Management and Technologies

Branch, Citizenship and Immigration Canada

— Robert Davidson, Assistant Director, Facilitation Services,

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

— James Jeffers, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

— Anne Carblanc, Principal Administrator, Information Computer

and Communications Policy Division, Organisation for Economic

Cooperation and Development (OECD)

— Rich Carter, Director, Technology Standards and Programs,

American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)

— Kathy Malnick, Senior Engineer, West Virginia High Technology

Consortium (WVHTC) Foundation

— Sergio Mesa, Assistant Chief Inspector, U.S. VISIT Office,

Department of Homeland Security

Industry speakers included representatives from dataPrivacy Partners Ltd.; Identix; Iridian; LaserCard Systems; Printrak, A Motorola Company and Sharp.

Following an opening keynote from Mr. Nanavati on the state of the industry, Mr. Neuman provided the audience with a government perspective in a presentation entitled "The Evolving Federal Agenda for Biometric Research."

During their session on the U.S. VISIT (Visitor and Immigrant Status Indication Technology) program, Mr. Mocny and Mr. Williams reported that they anticipate the U.S. VISIT system will be implemented by year-end at all airports and seaports and will apply biometrics technology. The program had an original target completion date of October 2004, but has been accelerated as border security has become a priority.

In his presentation on "Applications of Biometrics in Aviation Security," Mr. Lazarick discussed biometrics in registered traveler applications, the National Transportation Worker ID Card (TWIC) and watchlist surveillance applications.

Mr. McClevey spoke on behalf of ICAO, answering questions about ICAO's May 27 announcement of the global blueprint for the integration of biometric identification information into passports and other Machine Readable Travel Documents.

"This is one of the single most important events in our industry," said Behnam Bavarian, Vice President of Engineering for Printrak, A Motorola Company, and one of the conference speakers. "I was pleased with the breadth of the viewpoints in the different sessions," said David Plaisier, assistant design engineer at Veridian Corporation. "I would suspect each of us come as attendees with a specific niche interest and it has been covered. It's not just politics and it is well appreciated."

"IBG and IDG World Expo have brought together all of the players in biometrics," said Peter Hope-Tindall, privacy architect at dataPrivacy Partners Ltd. and a speaker at the conference. "The format of the conference was educational and intimate and provided excellent networking opportunities."

Mr. Giles' session, "U.K. Home Office's Immigration and Asylum Fingerprinting Program," examined lessons learned and the application of this knowledge to other large-scale biometric immigration projects.

In the event's closing keynote, Dr. Strong addressed "The Science of Biometrics for Travel Documentation." Dr. Strong is currently on detail from the National Science Foundation to the Department of Homeland Security to assist in establishing a new research organization in the Science and Technology Directorate.

On Thursday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, IBG will lead a teleconference debriefing on the critical information presented at the BiometricsWorld Executive Conference on biometrics and travel documentation.

To access the teleconference via the Web:

Using Windows Media: http://www.biometricgroup.com/windows-media.html

Using Real Player: http://www.biometricgroup.com/real-player.html