Passports and face-recognition

Over 100 international experts are gathered at Gjøvik this week to define new and better standards for biometric applications.

The Biometrics Laboratory at Gjøvik University College and Standards Norway are the main hosts for the conference. Standards Norway is the main standards organization of Norway. It claims responsibility for developing and setting standards and standard products for the benefit and increased value for the entire community.

-We need standards, as we contiously use face-recognition for passports and border control. New standards will ease the use of passports, John Kristian Thoresen said. He is Assistant Chief of Police at the National Police Directorate Norway and a member of Standards Norway.

The National Police Directorate Norway is also working on a new border-control system, which will be implemented within two years. Handheld biometric devices and protection of personal privacy are other projects.

-We must renew ourselves and develop good standards to be used worldwide. As participants at this conference you play a key role, Thoresen emphasized.

Make the world slightly better

-You could say that we are making the biometric application better and more secure, professor Christoph Busch says modestly. Busch is head of the Norwegian Biometrics Laboratory at GUC.

-We define standards for biometric data interchange, including 3rd generation standards for passports. Developments in technology enables the data record to be encoded either in XML or binary data format.

The conference brings together experts from industry, public sector and academia. They have working group meetings throughout this week at GUC.

Photo: Christoph Busch and John Kristian Thoresen