IJIS Institute Forms Interoperability Panel (6/5/12)
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 | Comments

The IJIS Institute, a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing, formed a joint government industry panel to identify challenges in interoperability between biometric-based products and systems.

In spite of significant progress in the development of national and international biometric standards, many interoperability problems still remain. The panel will be a major catalyst for enhancing biometric interoperability in specific context areas that have fallen short in meeting interoperability goals.

The panel will meet as part of Biometrics Industry Government Standards and Interoperability Group (BIGSIG) subcommittee of Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Programs Advisory Committee (CPAC) July 28 to collaboratively explore various perspectives on the challenges of and future for improving biometrics interoperability. The CPAC is composed of IJIS Institute member companies, as well as Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) representatives, and defines a role for industry in collaborating with the FBI and state-level agencies to improve, expand and help implement numerous programs.

Representatives from the FBI, U.S. VISIT, National Security Agency (NSA), the departments of State and Defense (Biometrics Identity Management Agency), and state and local governments have been invited. Also invited are members of relevant standards organizations, including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS), and the Joint Technical Committee 1 of the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC JTC 1), as well as, representatives from leading biometric and technology companies.

CPAC Chair Bruce Kelling with Athena and CPAC Vice Chair Sudhi Umarji with Trusted Federal Systems will lead the panel.

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