The conference sessions held at CSI's annual conference back in November are available online. You can view them free after registering. They're all about information security. Whether any of the speakers brush on biometrics, I'm not too sure about.
The OLD US Secretary of Homeland Security said that we needed an international standard for biometric technology as it pertains to travel. Hasn't this already been said? Well, maybe not by him, but somewhere... and they're already making efforts towards that by way of their actions.
I think I forgot to post a link to this. Here's an article from us written for Secure ID News. It's all about our predictions for the future of the industry, and how the government is playing a large roll. And *sigh* yes, even large corporations.
Somebody's weblog posted this image from a reader that shows the 'US is down'. We should know by now that these kiosks are just one way of going through the US-VISIT process; most locations focus more on the manned booths.
But this would be a whole lot funnier if say, it was real. So I guess - here's to a good laugh at photoshopping.
Identifying a biometric goes on a gazillion times a day. Only now do we have technology to do the dirty work for us, and make assumptions based more on fact than objective human opinions.
But anytime someone identifies a person by looking at particular characteristics of theirs, that's using a biometric. Even though there is no database for any biometric system to compare victims of the Tsunami to, there is still biometric identification going on.
They are narrowing down identification of the bodies by determining foreigners from natives by measuring the length of bones, facial bone structure, and patterns of hair growth.
Sometimes you just have to take a step back and take 'biometrics' for what it really is: A measurable, physical characteristic or personal behavioral trait used to recognize the identity, or verify the claimed identity, of an enrollee.
In this case, let's just say they are an 'enrollee' of the human race. Good luck to those doctors, they have a long arduous task ahead of them.
Already floating around the net are reports on gadgets being showcased at the Consumer Electronic Show. It's still not officially up and running, but sites like Gizmodo and Engadget are way ahead of the game.
Lexar Media, flash memory maker, showed off USB keychain drives that protect the files
stored on them using biometrics. They can scan your fingerprint and prevent
someone who finds the drive--should you misplace it or leave it somewhere--from
accessing your files. I've lost more than a few keychain drives and tried hard
not to think about the files I left on them and how they might be used.
Here's a little story about Colorado's use of facial recognition in obtaining driver's licenses. This is an interesting excerpt:
Of the nearly 735,000 applications processed between January and September 2004, motor vehicle officials found 528 fraudulent applications - about a quarter of them solely as a result of the facial-recognition computer program.
However even though the computer can narrow down matches to a handful versus a score of people in the database, a human touch is still needed to make that final confirmation. When the computer notices similarities, it's up to an investigator to decide if it's the same person.
DHS is making an effort to get standards developed for their projects to work at an optimal performance level. With standards in place, it will be simple to share information, failure rates will be minimal, and teaching employees how to operate just one system becomes less stressful.
That's just off the top of my head. I'm sure there are tons of other reasons for developing a standard. But anyways - DHS has become a member of The International Committee for Information Technology Standards.