April 19, 2013 -
IDScan Biometrics is planning to open a research and development center in Lithuania.
Reported in Invest Lithuania, all R&D operations will be done by Lithuanian researchers from “institutions of higher education” who aim to develop new biometric algorithms for authentication products. It’s estimated that the new center will cost approximately US $786,780 (EUR 0.6 million).
“Encouraged by high professional level of the country’s researchers and its attractive business environment, we decided to establish this unit in Lithuania,” Tamlyn Thompson, the head of IDScan Biometrics, said. Our Lithuanian employees will develop a new product based on cutting-edge digital IT and algorithms, able to identify and validate the authenticity of people’s faces in photographs.”
According to the Invest Lithuania report, IDScan Biometrics has one of the world’s largest ID databases. The new company, set to be established in Lithuania, will work primarily with researchers from Kaunas University of Technology and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, and is planning to involve students in its work.
Lithuania is in the midst of implementing an ePassport to its citizens and has recently signed a new agreement with Trüb related to this project.