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TechConnect West Virginia Biometrics Forum discusses Local Job Growth


As reported on BiometricUpdate.com last week, TechConnect West Virginia hosted The Biometrics Forum yesterday in Fairmont called “Next Steps in Identity Technologies: Biometrics and Beyond“.

News station WBOY.com reported that leaders in the field discussed advances made locally in technology and training and what could be done to ensure industry’s growth is centered in West Virginia.

“We have one of the largest bases of intellectual capital in biometrics and identity management here in North Central West Virginia,” said Anne Barth of TechConnect West Virginia. “So by working together to try to grow more of those jobs, it could really be an even more important driver for the economy in this region and also for the whole state.”
(WBOY.com also provides a video interview with Barth.)

Federal agencies, biometric companies and university programs were all a part of the forum.

NPR reporter Ben Adducchio spoke about the event this morning on West Virginia Morning and said that Col. Douglas Flohr, deputy director for Operations, Biometrics Identity Management Agency (BIMA), was a speaker at the event.

“The demand for biometrics is increasing even through the war in Afghanistan is ending,” said Flohr. “Everybody wants to identify who’s in their country and who’s coming across their border.”

His agency has the task of making important decisions on how to best allocate resources.

“Defense is not just soldiers,” Flohr continued. “Defense is education. I need to make sure we’re investing in long term solutions and using our resources smartly.”

Local publication The Times West Virginian provides a video clip of an interview with Flohr at the event on their website.

Barth told BiometricUpdate.com that it was a great event with more than 90 people and “an outstanding lineup of speakers”. She is hoping to post the speakers’ slides on the TechConnect website to stay tuned to this article for more information.

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