November 1, 2013 -
A new conference and exhibition has been announced focused on smart identification technologies. Named the Smart ID Show-TLV, the event is set to take place November 5-6, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
“The Israeli government has started to issue Biometric Identity Cards to all citizens, which means a revolution in the local market. Public organisations, institutions, government and private service suppliers need to switch to systems which can read and process the Israelis, with the rest of the world, are already in the process of adopting Digital ID products and technologies,” the event’s organizers, eNetcom GmbH Germany and Sbl Exhibitions said in an announcement. “Digital ID needs to be standardised worldwide. The Biometric ID must be readable not only in the country of issue, but also wherever the individual may travel. The economic potential for companies developing and supplying Digital ID and RFID products and technologies is huge.”
According to the event website, the Smart ID Show will also feature an exhibition and will focus on topics includeing eGovernment programs, smart retail, eCommerce, authentication, mobile, as well as access control devices and healthcare applications.
Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, biometrics has been a controversial topic in Israel, following the government’s deployment of a national biometric database. In fact, the initiation of the pilot project to test the new database began nearly four years after planning began.
The Israel High Court of Justice held a hearing earlier this year on a petition seeking the annulment of a law that would establish a governmental biometric database. In the hearing, Justices voiced harsh criticism of the government’s preparation for the pilot program, suggesting the creation of a centralized database is an “extreme” and “harmful” measure and not a necessity to implementing smart ID cards.