International Biometric Group and IDG World Expo Announce Executive Conference on Biometrics and Border

FRAMINGHAM, MA – APRIL 28, 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 first BiometricsWorld Executive Conference(TM) 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 BiometricsWorld Executive Conference features presentations from U.S., Canadian, European and Asian government agencies and other organizations who are playing a role in how biometrics are being incorporated into the travel process. The event 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.

"International Biometric Group has worked extensively with governments around the globe to address the complex biometric issues associated with border control, immigration, travel documentation and visa issuance," said IBG Partner Raj Nanavati. "Sharing information between government agencies and industry is a critical step in ensuring that these large scale, international systems work effectively – BiometricsWorld provides a forum where such an exchange of ideas and experiences can take place."

The conference will feature a full agenda covering:

The International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) newly proposed standards

Impact of privacy concerns for biometrics and travel documents

Reports on pilot projects of biometrics in travel documents

Technology advances in travel documentation

Recent biometric testing results

The newest international data exchange initiatives

Application of biometrics to land and maritime border control

"Integrating biometrics and travel documentation requires a massive amount of international cooperation," said Darrell Baker, vice president, event services at IDG World Expo. "IBG has an expert grasp of the intricacies of this challenge, and we believe the BiometricsWorld Executive Conference will deliver very compelling, valuable information."

More information and registration is available at

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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

About IDG World Expo

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(R), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Bio-ITWorld Conference & Expo(TM), COMNET Conference & Expo(R), Integrated Security Conference & Expo(TM), BiometricsWorld Series and Portable Power Conference & Expo(TM). IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (www.), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at