IT execs targeted by biometrics conference

Privacy will be the hot issue, along with developing a biometrics code of conduct, at the third Biometrics Institute Conference and Exhibition to be held in Sydney in May.

          Privacy will be the hot issue, along with developing a biometrics code of conduct, at the third Biometrics Institute Conference and Exhibition to be held in Sydney in May.

          Biometrics Institute manager Isabelle Moeller says the conference will focus on biometric technology developments and applications. She says the conference also aims to develop a code of conduct as industry guidelines for users and suppliers.

          She says international speakers will be featured as well as hands-on demonstrations of eye, face, fingerprints and voice recognition. "IT managers, CIOs and anyone in the IT industry, should attend the conference, especially if they are tackling issues concerning security and fraud," Moeller says.

          "The code [of conduct] will be discussed at the event, so could end up as the main theme of the conference. We have prepared a proposal and are trying to secure funding for its development," she says.

          Citing the recent SmartGate facial recognition software launch at Sydney Airport, Moeller says the conference will provide a forum for users to get an update on the technology and recent implementations.

          "There is a lack of knowledge and a misunderstanding of what biometric technology can do. So we, the institute are providing education about the technology and what it can and cannot do."

          Moeller said about 110 end-users are expected to attend the one-day conference on May 30.

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