Lockheed Martin expert to address Congressional subcommittee on biometric technology

May 21, 2013 - 

Lockheed Martin’s John Mears represent the International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) and will provide an industry perspective during a joint hearing on the current and future applications of biometric technologies, in front of the Congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittees on Research and on Technology.

The hearing, set to take place this morning at 10 a.m. ET will be broadcast live online from Washington, DC.

Mears is a Lockheed Martin senior fellow and chief technologist, IS&GS-Civil information technology and security solutions.

The Subcommittees on Research and Technology will examine current development as well as the state of biometric technologies and the challenges facing adoption. According to the hearing’s charter, it will also focus on the practical applications of biometric technologies, future uses of the technologies and how they affect public policies.

Reported previously, Lockheed Martin recently announced the deployment of third increment of the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, and the group says this new increment provides significant improvement in latent fingerprint search accuracy as well as a new nationwide palm print identification system to help solve cold cases.

Congress has increasingly focused its attention on biometrics.  Following a scathing report from the Government Accountability Office, a subcommittee hearing was held to discuss the TSA’s decade of work on the system. 

Following earlier reports that the Transportation Worker Identification Program did not meet Department of Defense security standards, the International Biometrics & Identification Association came out to say it strong disagreed with the published assertions. 

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