Saturday, July 30, 2005


The International Biometric Industry Association, the International Association for Biometrics, the European Biometrics Forum and the Biometrics Institute are to host the 1st International Web Conference on Biometrics, the Biometrics E-Symposium (BioMex 2005). The E-Symposium will be broadcast live on the 28 September 2005 and also made available via the presentation archive 24 hours after the live event. The program features some exciting presentations and round table debates by the world's leading biometrics experts, all of which can be accessed from the convenience of our own workplace (as it's online). Registration is free of charge,

Val-Pierre Genton
Biometrics E-Symposium
T. +44 (0)20 7613 0800

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


A scientist in the UK has proposed that the unique pattern inside each individual's ear could be used as a biometric identifier, in the same way fingerprints are used. Professor Mark Nixon of University of Southampton told BBC World Service's Outlook programme that ears do not change much as we get older, unlike other body parts.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Universal Biometric ID (UBID) system

In Henry J. Boitel's last Biometric Bits - The Key to Identity Management, he mentioned the proposal for a Universal Biometric ID (UBID) system, saying that A UBID is indispensable to filtering illegals from the population and would also make their movements and other activities more cumbersome. How about the cost and the performance of such system?

Thursday, July 07, 2005


I was travelling into work this morning, and I normally travel on the Central Line to Tottenham Court Road and then walk to New Cavendish street, 10 minutes later, at 09:35am, on the way to work I found out what had happened and I couldn't believe I had just missed it and I am still in shock. I just thank God Almighty that I left late...
The media coverage today was appalling, only late in the day was there any helpful advice for people trapped in the zone.

My thoughts are with those who were actually caught up in it all. I can only offer my prayers for the people of Great Britain right now, and most especially for the victims and their families. I am a Londoner and if there is a city who can withstand this senseless and futile form of terror, it is London and its residents. Today is a sad day in London and the world at large, the future is bright. Londoners, irrespective of faith, must continue as far as is possible with their every day lives. May God help those who have been affected by the attacks and guide us all towards creating a more peaceful world.

Saturday, July 02, 2005


At the ISC show, there were several companies trying to publicize their interests on vein recognition. I think it's still very premature. I think the closest thing to its position is the iris technology. But we also see it in some places where companies use vein recognition in fingerprints to verify the fingerprint is from a living person, mainly to ensure against the spoofers and prostheses. There are also no databases for vein recognition at the moment. I don't think of this as one of the core biometrics. By those I mean fingerprint, palm, facial recognition, retina and iris.

Friday, July 01, 2005


Leading politicians, academics and IT experts warn that this project could turn into the biggest-ever government IT disaster. Are you for or against the ID card?

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63% of consumers ...

63% of consumers would pay for biometrics if it provided additional security by ZDNet's ZDNet -- A survey of more than 2,000 adults, sponsored by AuthenTec, shows that 63% of consumers would pay extra to add fingerprint biometrics to their PC and notebook computers, while 71% would pay more for this feature in their cellular phones. Most consumers said they would use the technology to replace their PC and Internet passwords, [...]