The Norwegian Biometrics Laboratory

[update Feb 17th 2011] The opening ceremony was a great success, the Minister of Research and Higher Education, Ms. Tora Aasland, hold a laudation and formally opened the biometrics lab with the cut of the ribbon. We further received a lot of positive feedback and the event was the starting point for great discussions and new projects. Please find some of the impressions from this day: 


The workshop on February 15th is dedicated on new perspectives for secure financial transactions that are protected with a biometric authentication protocol. The event will bring together the biometrics community and representatives of the major European banking institutions. Upon the occasion of the workshop GUC's Biometrics Lab will be formally opened under the participation of international biometric industry.

About the Biometric Transaction Authentication Protocol:
BTAP is a protocol for securing online banking transaction. With the help of template protected biometric information the protocol enables non-repudiable person and data authentic online banking transactions.

For registration to this workshop please contact
subject: Norwegian Biometrics Lab Opening
Participation is at no cost.


 Time    Agenda Item    Speaker  
10:00 - 10:15 Welcome Patrick Bours (Section leader NISlab), GUC 
10:15 - 10:35 Introduction and overview of the Biometrics Laboratory Christoph Busch (Lab leader), GUC
10:35 - 11:00 Requirements for Biometric applications – Threats for Online-Banking Waldemar Grudzien, BDB
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee-Break  
11:15 - 11:30 Norwegian online banking security - status and threats Lise Arneberg, BSK
11:30 - 11:45 Vulnerability Assessment of Home Banking Environments Hanno Langweg, GUC
11:45 - 12:15 Fake Resistant Vein Biometrics Daniel Hartung, GUC
12:15 - 13:15 Lunch Break  
13:15 - 13:35 Biometric Template Protection Bian Yang, GUC
13:35 - 14:15 Biometric Transaction Authentication Protocol (BTAP) Christoph Busch, GUC
14:15 - 15:15 Panel discussion on the BTA-Protocol


  • Bernhard M. Hämmerli (President of Swiss Informatics Society; GUC, Gjøvik)


15:15 - 15:30 Coffee-Break  
15:30 Opening Ceremony of the Norwegian Biometrics Lab
  • Welcome, Jørn Wroldsen (Rector GUC)
  • Gjøvik University College, an experiment?, Morten Irgens (Dean GUC)
  • Why the Norwegian Biometric Laboratory, and why at Gjøvik?, Christoph Busch (Lab leader)
  • Poster Presentations and looking ahead, Researches from the Norwegian Biometrics Laboratory
  • Speech by Minister of Research and Higher Education, Ms. Tora Aasland
  • Cutting of the ribbon
  • Q&A session with media
  • Workshop closure

Poster Presentations by the PhD-students of the Biometrics Lab:

Gait-recognition (Mohammad Derawi)
Vein-recognition (Daniel Hartung)
Odontological Biometrics (Danish Mairaj)
Fingerprint Sample Quality (Martin Olsen)

Represented Institutions:

BDB (Bundesverband Deutscher Banken), the German commercial bank association, represent more than 210 commercial banks and 11 member associations.

The standardisation office for banks (BSK) shall attend to administration tasks associated with communication of payments and information in the bank's infrastructure, included establishment, maintenance and further development of Norwegian bank standards for use in common infrastructure and security related to the banks infrastructure for payment method. BSK is, among other things, represented in EPC (European Payment Council) and ISO TC 68 Financial Services.

DSGV (Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband), the German Savings Banks Association, represents more than 620 firms, including 446 saving banks, 12 regional insurance groups, 10 housing banks and 11 rural banks. DSGV has 351 000 employees and 50 million customers, and are especially a significant support to German’s many SMBs.

EDB Business Partner is a Norwegian information technology company that supplies a vast array of services relating to computing, including operation, outsourcing and online banking. In June 2010 EDB announced merger with ErgoGroup, another big IT company in Norway.

Hitachi Ltd. (株式会社日立製作所 Kabushiki-gaisha Hitachi Seisakusho), is a Japanese multinational company who specialize in high technology and services. This is the third largest technology company in the world measured by income. Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions Corp. operates as a subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. and is one of the most reliable banking terminal solution venders in the world.

PFU Imaging Solutions is a part of Fujitsu, a Japanese multinational computer hardware and IT services company, providing a diversity of products and services in areas as personal computing, telecommunications and advanced microelectronics.

Standards Norway (SN) is a private Norwegian member organisation with a responsibility of standardisation tasks in all areas except electronics and tele standardisations, and is the Norwegian member in the European standardisation organization CEN and the international standardization organization ISO.

GUC is the most research intensive university college in Norway. GUC have experienced an increase in applicants in line with an increased focus on a few, critical areas of the society with a focus on security, sustainability and added value; ICT and information security, engineering discipline (included sustainable manufacturing), health education subjects (included health technology and focus on front line support). GUC has built up and administrates Nislab, the Media Technology Laboratory, the Pre-hospital Laboratory (with the only full-scale physical ambulance simulator with hydraulic driven feedback in Europe), and in 2011 they will open a high technology laboratory for universal design and a master programme in Sustainable Manufacturing in cooperation with NCE Raufoss.

Norwegian Information Security Laboratory (Nislab) at Gjøvik University College (GUC) is one of the largest academic research laboratories within information security in Europe. The laboratory is responsible for education in information security on both Bachelor and Master level, and runs Scandinavia’s only PhD programme in information security. Nislab covers the whole breadth of information security, included organisational aspects of security, protection of critical infrastructure, cryptology, digital forensic, ethical hacking, protection against network attacks and biometrics. The laboratory administrates Scandinavia’s only focus laboratory in digital forensics as well.

Practical Information:

Arrival: Gjøvik is located in the center of Norway, about 140 kilometers from Oslo. You can go from Oslo by train: or by bus: . Traveling time is approx. 2 hours. The fastest and most convenient way from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to Gjøvik is the bus, Gjøvik is the last station so can not miss it. You can find the time tables of the bus route 15 here.

Location: The workshop will take place on the campus of GUC, building K, room K102. You can find Gjøvik University College here: google map.

Accommodation: The two most common hotels are the Quality Hotel Strand and the Comfort Hotel Grand. Both hotels are within walking distance of the railway station and from GUC.
The third hotel option is the Youth Hostel Hovdetun. This is however further away from the center of the city so transportation is needed to travel between railway station, youth hostel and GUC.