Increased interest in the use of biometrics for security and authentication purposes has led to the establishment of an independent institute to oversee the use of personal information in Australia.
The Biometrics Institute, a not-for-profit organisation, formed in July 2001with initial funding from the Australian Government, is engaged in research, analysis and education for biometric users, vendors and government agencies in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Biometrics Institute will develop policies and codes of conduct to protect people from misuse of confidential biometric information.
It will also deliver impartial advice, technical services and networking opportunities to enhance business decisions.
Australia's first international biometrics conference was held recently, hosted by the newly launched Biometrics Institute.
Siemens, Unisys, Sagem and ComSec Enterprises showcased systems for airport security, policing, secure access control and fraud prevention.
Dr Clive Summerfield, CEO of the Biometrics Institute, said even before September 11, the biometrics market was projected to grow from around $100 million in 2001 to $2.6 billion by 2006. www.biometricsinstitute.org