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Biometrics.gov is the central source of information on the U.S. Federal government's biometrics-related activities.

Biometrics Catalog
This is a free to use, U.S. government sponsored, database of public information about biometrics.

Biometric Consortium
The BC serves as a focal point for discussion on research, development, testing, evaluation, and application of biometric-based personal identification / verification technology.

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Information Technology Laboratory Areas

ITL Mission and Impact As one of the major research components of the National Institute of 
Standards and Technology, the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) has the broad mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology through research and development in information technology, mathematics, and statistics. ITL accelerates the development and deployment of information and communication systems that are reliable, usable, interoperable, and secure; advances measurement science through innovations in mathematics, statistics, and computer science; and conducts research to develop the measurements and standards infrastructure for emerging information technologies and applications. We accomplish these goals through collaborative partnerships with our customers and stakeholders in industry, government, academia, and consortia. Based on input from these customers and stakeholders, we have focused our R&D agenda on eight broad program areas: complex systems; cyber and network security; enabling scientific discovery; identity management systems; information discovery, use and sharing; pervasive information technologies; trustworthy information systems; and virtual measurement systems. Many of our vital programs impact national security, such as improving the accuracy and interoperability of biometrics recognition systems and facilitating communications among first responders. The combination of our mission and mandates such as the Federal Information Security Management Act, the Computer Security Research and Development Act, the USA PATRIOT Act, the Enhanced Border Security Act, and the Help America Vote Act lead to rich programmatic diversity.

Two ITL Divisions and the ITL Identity Management Systems Program are addressing different aspects of biometric research, testing and standardization. ITL supports a major outreach effort in biometrics by co-chairing the Biometric Consortium.

ITL Computer Security Division/Systems and Emerging Technologies Security Research Group
CSD responds to government and market requirements for biometric standards by supporting the timely development of these standards and associated conformity assessment. It promotes their adoption and supports their users by leading different standards efforts and participating in their development. CSD’s biometric standards effort is developing the required conformance testing architectures and testing tools to test implementations of selected biometric standards. This effort is supported in part by ITL’s IdM Systems Program.

ITL Information Access Division/Image Group
IAD provides measurements and standards to advance technologies dealing with access to multimedia and other complex information. IAD’s Image Group is involved in measurement, evaluation and standards for fingerprint matching and interchange, criminal justice information systems, face recognition and multi-modal biometrics. 

ITL Identity Management (IdM) Systems Program
In conjunction with other federal agencies, academia, and industry partners, the NIST Identity Management Systems Program is pursuing the development of common models and metrics for identity management, critical standards, and interoperability of electronic identities. These efforts will improve the quality, usability, and consistency of identity management systems, protect privacy, and assure that U.S. interests are represented in the international arena.
 
Biometric Consortium
The Biometric Consortium serves as a focal point for discussion on research, development, testing, evaluation, and application of biometric-based personal identification/verification technology. The Biometric Consortium organizes a premier biometrics conference every fall. Information about past conferences, current government and standards activity, a bulletin board service, and other biometric resources can be found throughout the BC web site.
 

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Biometric Consortium Highlights

Biometric Consortium Conference (BC2013)
September 17-19, 2013
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, Florida USA

We are pleased to announce that the 2013 Biometric Consortium Conference and Biometric Technology Expo, presented by  NIST, NSA, and AFCEA will be held in the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL, USA on 17 - 19 September 2013. The conference will address the important role that biometrics plays in identification and verification of individuals for government and commercial applications worldwide, and focuses on biometric technologies for homeland security, identity management, border crossing, electronic commerce, and other applications. It will include two and a half days of presentations, seminars and panel discussions with the participation of internationally recognized experts in biometric technologies, system and application developers, IT business strategists, and government and commercial officers.  

The conference program includes:

- Multi-track conference sessions
- Workshops
- Panel discussions


Conference Website:
  BCC2013

Technical Contact:
Fernando L. Podio
Computer Security Division
NIST/ITL
Co-Chair Biometric Consortium


Biometric Consortium Conference (BC2012)
September 18-20, 2012
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, Florida USA

2012 Conference Website

The presentations can be found at: 2012 Presentations


Biometric Consortium Conference (BC2011)
September 27-29, 2011
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, Florida USA

Conference Website: http://www.biometrics.org/bc2011

The presentations can be found at: 2011 Presentations


Biometric Consortium Conference (BC2010)
September 21-23, 2010
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, Florida USA

Conference Website: http://www.nist.gov/bc2010

The presentations can be found at: 2010 Presentations


Biometric Consortium Conference (BC2009)
September 22-24, 2009
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, Florida USA

Conference Website: http://www.nist.gov/bc2009

The presentations can be found at: 2009 Presentations


Biometric Consortium Conference (BC2008)
September 23-25, 2008
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa, Florida USA


Conference Website: http://www.nist.gov/bc2008

The 2008 presentations can be found at: 2008 Presentations


Biometric Consortium Conference (BC2007)
September 11-13, 2007
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland USA


Conference Website: http://www.nist.gov/bc2007

The 2007 presentations can be found at: 2007 Presentations


Biometric Consortium Conference (BC2006)
September 19-21, 2006
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland USA


Conference Website: http://www.nist.gov/bc2006

The 2006 presentations can be found at: 2006 Presentations


Biometric Consortium Conference (BC2005)
September 19-21, 2005
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, VA


Conference Website: http://www.nist.gov/bc2005

The 2005 presentations can be found at: 2005 Presentations


Biometric Consortium Conference (BC2004)
September 20-22, 2004
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, VA

Conference Website: http://www.nist.gov/bc2004

The 2004 presentations can be found at: 2004 Presentations

Biometric Consortium Conference (BC2003)
September 22-24, 2003
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, VA


Conference Website: http://www.nist.gov/bc2003

The 2003 presentations can be found at: 2003 Presentations