Biometrics Institute members offer new ideas and perspectives for adapting to COVID-19

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Biometrics Institute members offer new ideas and perspectives for adapting to COVID-19

The Biometrics Institute has collected effective and responsible biometric solutions, perspectives and ideas to help the world adapt to the changes necessitated by COVID-19 from 19 leading global biometrics providers in a new report.

Members of the institute were asked to offer solutions and concepts to help build a resilient, international response to the pandemic. The result is “COVID-19: Effective and responsible biometrics solutions and concepts in a time of pandemic – building a resilient response.” The paper collects perspectives from leading companies over 41 pages, including Facetec on the potential for facial recognition with robust liveness detection to support e-voting, three ways biometrics can improve security and safety in remote processes explained by ID R&D, Innovatrics on challenges associated with contactless access control, Jenetric on hygiene and fingerprint scanners, an explanation on preserving security and privacy in digital contact tracing and quarantine controls from Trust Stamp and Vision-Box on deploying touchless technology at airports. Other participants include Idemia, G+D Mobile Security, Tech5, and Unisys.

Proposed themes put to institute members for the paper include biometrics and hygiene, touchless versus touch technology, solutions for remote working, questions about self-enrollment and liveness, how biometrics including face and iris recognition work with facemasks, ethical sales at a time of crisis, and new policy or procedures during a pandemic.

“As the world faces new and unprecedented challenges, opportunities arise. Building a resilient community and providing a trusted source of information is extremely important,” explains Biometrics Institute Chief Executive Isabella Moeller. “We focused the submissions for this report on addressing critical questions organisations are facing at this time and asked our members to explain how any available solution is effective in this crisis. As usual, our community has proved themselves to be agile and versatile in coming up with answers to the new questions the world is being asked.”

An overview of contactless finger scanners based on a short survey of supplier members is also now available to members of the Biometrics Institute.

The Biometrics Institute is up to more than 240 organizations, and a network of nearly 10,000 people, including many subject matter experts. The organization held a pair of online meetings featuring talks by several leading public and private-sector industry experts in March, and also recently rescheduled its U.S. Conference for September.

Biometric Update has interviewed stakeholders from different segments of the biometrics and digital identity industry to collect perspectives on keeping the world working with biometric authentication.

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