June 20, 2016 -
MorphoTrak held its the 37th annual MorphoTrak Users Conference in Costa Mesa, California in May.
MorphoTrak, and its parent company Safran Identity & Security, are leading innovators in large fingerprint identification systems, facial and iris recognition, as well as identification technologies such as smart cards, secure travel documents, e-passports, and driver licenses.
MorphoTrak’s combined U.S. customer base includes over 50 percent of the law enforcement biometric identification systems at the local, state, and national level, including AFIS programs for the U.S. Department of Defense and the FBI.
MorphoTrak serves commercial and government customers in the markets of law enforcement, border management, civil identification, facility and IT security, and access control. The firm brings its combined technology and expertise to bear in developing and implementing systems that protect the privacy and benefits of citizens.
The company’s three-day event provided the opportunity for over 200 attendees from 15 countries to interact and exchange best practices with fellow users. The event also allowed attendees to participate in presentations, panel discussions, case studies, and hands-on workshops with industry thought leaders.
“Each year, MorphoTrak hosts biometric identification professionals, forensic experts, and security specialists from around the world to consider advances in biometric technology, and best practices for current and emerging identification tools,” said Celeste Thomasson, MorphoTrak President and CEO.
To make the conference more thought-provoking and engaging this year, MorphoTrak adopted the theme “License to Identify”, which plays off the James Bond esthetic.
“Our company has been in the security space for 42 years and we have always taken this event seriously and have treated it as a huge investment,” said Teresa Wu, MorphoTrak Director of Strategic Marketing and Government Relations, in an exclusive interview with BiometricUpdate.com. “The MorphoTrak Users Conference allows for face-to-face meetings with customers, providing a space for feedback, shared knowledge,and mutually-beneficial, hands-on training for our products and solutions.”
The conference, according to Wu, provides MorphoTrak’s customers with an annual opportunity to spend a lot of time absorbing programming focused on providing strategic insights from a prolific number of speakers. Because the event revolves around the circulation of ideas, speakers often share best usage practices, which sometimes involves other vendors, along with system upgrades.
“Often transitioning from old to new technology is a dominant feature of our programming,” stated Wu. “The conference allows our users to examine case studies and learnings about creative partnerships that provide a roadmap for future system deployments.”
Areas of focus at the conference included airport and transportation security systems, biometric system integration, law enforcement systems and services, mobile ID for border management, law enforcement, and commercial applications. Sessions also focused on the potential use cases for multi-modal biometric systems, including fingerprint, face, iris, palm, latent prints, along with new collection devices, services and concepts. The event also provided insights on personal identity products and services, including identity cards, smart cards, physical and logical access, control products and services and security automation processes.
But the event did not just provide insight. It also committed to providing inspiration. As a result, Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, was selected as a keynote speaker at the conference.
Bauman’s story is well known. He had been standing near the marathon finish line when he saw a man place a backpack on the sidewalk nearby, and caught a momentary glimpse of his face before the bomb hidden in the backpack exploded. Bauman’s description of the man helped the FBI identify the Tsarnaev brothers as suspects in the bombing and, while still recovering from multiple surgeries, Bauman testified in federal court at the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Bauman has since dedicated his life to the support of charitable causes such as the Amputee Coalition’s Limb Loss Resource Center and the Boston Medical Center Marathon Team.
“This year we selected Jeff because he embodied the best of what we are attempting to achieve,” said Wu. “We work everyday, both MorphoTrak and its users, to engineer the best solutions to safeguard both public and national security. We enjoyed his story because it was so inspirational and described how people, through the course of their lives, can transform the traumatic into a positive journey. At the end of the day, we all want to contribute positively and that’s what we commit to through the conference.”