Biometrics 2016

Free seminars

Identification as a service

11.15 | Thursday 20 October


The vision of a world with ubiquitous biometrically-enabled applications and services can only be realised through the practical deployment of technology infrastructure that supports identification as a service (IDaaS). Ideally, such a service is based on a secure community cloud, so that low costs, wide availability, and demand elasticity can be achieved. The provision of web services from this infrastructure allows clients and applications to be decoupled from the basic identification services, facilitating low integration costs and interoperability. Multiple biometric modalities can be supported in the same infrastructure, along with flexibility in selecting the algorithm providers for those modalities. This Live Seminar Theatre presentation will explore the IDaaS concept through the example of the Leidos IDHaystack™offering.

Avtar Virdee Enterprise Solution Architect, Leidos

He is responsible for strategic technology identification, technology adoption, supporting business development and creation of standards, patterns and practices.

Presenter: John Mears, Senior Fellow, Information Technology and Security Solutions, Leidos

Responsible for technology advocacy, independent research and development, strategy development, operational technology insertion and growth, new business assistance, and STEM/academic relationships. Previously at Lockheed Martin Mr Mears was Director of Biometrics and Identity Management, including the TSA’s Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) program, and the FBI’s Fingerprint Scanning Service. Research initiatives include LM’s rapid DNA identification program, advanced latent print image processing and, most recently, genomic forensics. His current focus is international biometric systems, biometric entry/exit, border security, and immigration reform. Mr Mears holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. He is an LM Certified Program Manager and Qualified Capture Manager. Mr Mears is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, member of the Biometrics Institute, and a Director of the International Biometrics and Identity Association (IBIA).

The Seminar Programme is free to attend. Space is available on a first-come first-served basis.

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