BSI leads work on biometric standards

The British Standards Institute is leading the development of the international biometric technology standards that will underpin...

The British Standards Institute is leading the development of the international biometric technology standards that will underpin the government's plans for a national ID card system and immigration controls at airports.

The standards, due to be published next year, will lay down the first internationally agreed data formats for fingerprint, iris and facial recognition system.

International collaboration on the standards has followed pressure from the US for the worldwide adoption of biometric passports following the 11 September terrorist attacks.

"Although political pressure is certainly expediting this process, there is also growing demand from the biometric and IT industry itself to develop an ISO standard," said Mike Low, director at the British Standards Institute.

The standards will make it easier for businesses to implement biometric systems and to understand the reliability of different identity verification systems, he said.

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