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ID2020, Vision-Box online conferences to explore good ID, biometric border management

ID2020, Vision-Box online conferences to explore good ID, biometric border management

Vision-Box and ID2020 have each announced online events, with Europe’s biometric border initiative explored in-depth during the former, and the latter presenting webinars on digital identity topics such as universal inclusion and digital immunization certificates.

The two-day webinar hosted by Vision-Box will focus on the upcoming Schengen Entry/Exit System.

The webinars on the biometric initiative are part of the company’s EU Smart Borders introductory series and will address the challenges and opportunities foreseen for the industry to collectively anticipate the program’s complexities.

The Smart Borders Explained webinars will take place on Wednesday, 30th September, and Thursday, 1st October, and will be moderated by Vision-Box Head of Strategic Sales & Global Partnerships Jean-Francois (Jeff) Lennon.

Wednesday’s webinar, with the theme of ‘Air, Land and Sea – Travel Ecosystem,’ will explore how Smart Border technologies like biometrics can improve security, situational awareness, throughput efficiency, and passenger experiences, and the impact that will have on airport, land, rail, and port terminal infrastructure. On Thursday the topic will be EU Schengen Border Agencies, with a focus on regulatory compliance and best practices for implementation.

The panel will see experts from The Finnish Border Guard, eu-LISA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Finavia.

ID2020 Summit to explore vision for good digital ID

Digital identity leaders will participate in a series of webinars organized by the ID2020 Conference team throughout October and the first half of November.

The event, which has previously taken place in New York City, will this year take place online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The first session will run from October 1, 11 a.m. PDT, and will focus on the importance of good digital IDs, and how to build effective and safe solutions.

A second webinar will then take place on October 15, 11 a.m. PDT, and will tackle topics related to digital immunization certificates and “Designing for a New Era in Global Health.”

The session on October 29, 11 a.m. PDT will deal with possible solutions to foster Digital ID solutions for financial inclusion, and the last one on November 12, 11 a.m. PDT, will close with a webinar on “Laying the foundation: Digital ID for the Next Generation.”

The lineup of speakers for the ID2020 Conference is quite extensive and includes policymakers and regulators, technologists, advocates, and development organizations.

Exploring the “good digital ID for all” vision

Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, will talk about the importance of partnerships in combating diseases and finding vaccines for deadly diseases around the world.

Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) will have its CEO, Greta Bull, discuss how to use biometrics to make financial services meet the needs of the world’s poor.

The event will also see Anir Chowdhury, policy advisor with UNDP and the Government of Bangladesh, speak about how these new technologies can be used to eradicate poverty, build structural transformations, and create resilience.

Vilas Dhar, trustee of the McGovern Foundation, will explore AI-powered biometrics, while Skye Gilbert, executive director of Digital Square at PATH will showcase its potential to tackle the COVID-19 emergency.

Moreover, Sheila Warren from the World Economic Forum will examine blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

Additional speakers will include Simon McDougall from the United Kingdom Information Commissioner’s Office, the co-founder and CFO of The Commons Project Brad Perkins, and Yiannis Theodorou, senior director, Policy and Advocacy at GSMA.

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