Topics for May’s #biometricchat on Biometric Technology with Maxine Most (@cmaxmost)

May's biometric tweet chat will discuss the biometrics industry with Maxine Most.

May #biometricchat tweet chat features Maxine Most from Acuity Market Intelligence.

When: May 23, 2013 11:00 am EST, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST)

Where: tweetchat.com (hashtag #biometricchat)

What: Tweet chat on biometrics industry 

Topics: Public education on biometric technology, vendor mistakes when bringing products to market, recent Merger & Acquisition activity, additional markets for biometrics, private vs. public sector revenue growth,  global hot spots for continued biometrics industry growth

Here are the list of questions that we will cover during our tweet chat on biometric technology May 23rd at 11 a.m. EDT (read this post on May’s #biometricchat for more details) with Maxine Most (@cmaxmost):

1. How can biometric vendors take a more active role in educating the public on misunderstandings about the technology to promote wider acceptance?

2. What are some of the mistakes you have observed from biometric vendors taking products to market that could have been avoided or may have adversely affected the success of their solutions? What advice can you offer vendors who are researching and developing new products and solutions that can help them to be successful?

3. What is your interpretation of recent biometric M&A activity and what types of trends can we expect to see in the near future?

4. Will the increased demand for biometric technology help to open the door for its use in additional verticals? If so, what markets do you feel can benefit the most from the technology?

5. I remember some time ago you were predicting that the private sector and public sector would generate about the same amount of revenue by 2014.  Is that prediction still on target and what private sector markets to you see getting the most traction?

6. What area of the world do you feel holds the most potential for continued growth of biometric deployments and why?

The biometric technology chat will take place on May the 23rd at 11 am EDT, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST). Please join us and follow the discussion using tweetchat.com. This site will automatically fill in the chat hashtag at the end of all your tweets, no need to type #biometricchat for each tweet you send.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the chat on May the 23rd. We will be archiving the discussion and posting it here shortly afterwards. If you have any additional questions you would like to ask Maxine, please send an email to: marketing @m2sys.com

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on May’s #biometricchat!

May #biometricchat Welcomes Maxine Most from Acuity Market Intelligence to Discuss Biometrics Industry

May's biometric tweet chat will discuss the biometrics industry with Maxine Most.

May #biometricchat tweet chat features Maxine Most from Acuity Market Intelligence.

When: May 23, 2013 11:00 am EST, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST)

Where: tweetchat.com (hashtag #biometricchat)

What: Tweet chat on biometrics industry 

Topics: Public education on biometric technology, vendor mistakes when bringing products to market, recent Merger & Acquisition activity, additional markets for biometrics, private vs. public sector revenue growth,  global hot spots for continued biometrics industry growth

We are pleased to announce that Maxine Most from Acuity Market Intelligence will be our guest for May’s tweet chat on biometric technology. Maxine is an internationally recognized biometrics industry consultant and Acuity Market Intelligence has built a stellar reputation in the Biometrics marketplace for quality, integrity, and innovative thought-leadership. For more than 10 years, Acuity has demonstrated an unrivaled ability to consistently provide accurate and reliable biometrics market intelligence.

Acuity continues to bring this unique perspective to the Biometrics industry through strategic consulting engagements, off-the-shelf and custom market research, conference presentations, industry publications, the eUpdate Newsletter, and Acuity’s most recent vehicles – Twitter and the eUpdate Blog.

Although we will be posting a list of questions and topics for the discussion next week here on the blog, we can provide a little foreshadowing of the chat by telling you that the focus of the conversation will be on:

  • Biometrics strategic market development
  • Maxine’s interpretation of industry mergers & acquisitions
  • What other markets could benefit from biometric technology
  • Private and public sector growth discrepancies
  • What areas of the world will continue to see strong growth for biometric deployments in the future

We will post a full list of the topics and questions here on this blog early next week. Have a question that you would like to ask Maxine? Drop us an email at marketing@m2sys.com and we will try and include that in the discussion. Please help us to spread the word about May’s #biometricchat tweet chat and please mark your calendar to save the date!

April #biometricchat Welcomes Zack Martin from Avisian Publications to Discuss Growth of Global Biometrics Industry

April's biometric tweet chat will discuss the global growth of biometrics.

April #biometricchat tweet chat features Zack martin from Avisian publications.

When: April 25, 2013 11:00 am EST, 8:00 am PST, 16:00 pm BST, 17:00 pm (CEST), 23:00 pm (SGT), 0:00 (JST)

Where: tweetchat.com (hashtag #biometricchat)

What: Tweet chat on growth of global biometrics industry

Topics: Global growth of biometrics, obstacles to continued growth, industry consolidation, mobile, biometrics in retail, new biometric modalities

Happy to announce today that April’s tweet chat on biometric technology is scheduled for 04/25 as we welcome Zack Martin, Editor at Avisian, a group of identity technology experts working alongside seasoned journalists, web and graphics professionals, and event coordinators creating a unique combination — coupling the technology insight of a leading consultancy with the communication capabilities of a high-end publishing and events firm.

We will be discussing several topics with Zack, most notably the prospects for growth in the global biometrics industry, what may be some obstacles to continued growth, industry consolidation, mobile biometrics for authentication and identification, biometrics for retail payments, and new biometric modalities and how soon we may see them in mainstream use.

We will post a full list of the topics and questions here on this blog early next week. Have a question that you would like to ask Zack? Drop us an email at marketing@m2sys.com and we will try and include that in the discussion. Please help us to spread the word about April’s #biometricchat tweet chat and please mark your calendar to save the date!

March #biometricchat Recap: A Conversation on Biometrics with Cyrille Bataller from Accenture

March's biometric tweet chat will discuss biometrics deployments in large scale capacities.

March #biometricchat tweet chat recap.

We had the pleasure of inviting Cyrille Bataller from Accenture as our guest for March’s #biometricchat tweet chat yesterday. There was a lot of material to cover in the short time we had scheduled for the chat (which started a few minutes late because of some technical difficulties) but we were able to learn a lot about the characteristics of large biometric deployments and how multi-modal biometrics helps to increase project accuracy plus updates on the European Visa Information System deployment,  the importance of fusing biographic attributes and fuzzy matching into the fusion equation, the importance of interoperability in deployments, and how civil liberties affect biometric deployments and why they may prohibit biometrics from wider adoption in commonwealth countries.

Some of the more important pieces of knowledge that Cyrille shared with us in the chat included:

On the use of multi-modal biometrics:

Multi-modal biometrics allow accuracy at scale. they also ensure resistance to fraud (hard to spoof multi-biometrics)”
“Multi-modal biometrics allow accuracy at scale. they also ensure resistance to fraud (hard to spoof multi-biometrics)”

On the topic of fuzzy matching into the fusion equation:

“Using the same solution to match across multimodal biometrics, on a record per record basis, is more powerful.”
“It is called score-level fusion – aggregating and comparing the match scores across all data elements – for each record.”

On the European Visa Information System:

“All 27 Schengen countries are introducing biometrics visas, capturing applicants’ fingerprints and face in consular posts.”
“By October 2014, all 27 Schengen countries will have switched to 100% biometric visas in consulates and at the border.”

On the importance of interoperability in biometric system deployments:

“There are two ways to look at interoperability: to ensure open loop operations, and to future-proof solutions.”
“Open loop operations clearly require interoperability, so each country can read passports from other countries etc.”
“But even for closed-loop solutions such as voting or bank customer ID, interoperability plays a role to prevent vendor lockin”

On the issue of civili liberties and privacy inhibiting biometric deployments in commonwealth countries:

Public acceptance of biometric solutions is directly linked to the benefits that people get from these solutions.”
“Essential to think about data privacy from the get go, to dispel myths and to educate about benefits. And to offer opt-in.”
“But indeed opt-in is key, as individuals’ sensitivity to privacy varies widely. There are additional measures such as privacy-by-design, invented by Anne Cavoukian, and privacy impact assessments, such as published by US-VISIT.”
“Biometrics, employed wisely, can enhance privacy, and help protect individuals’ identities.”
“The key is to help individuals conveniently assert their identity, while preserving their privacy and right to anonymity.”

A complete copy of the transcript can be found on our Storify account here: http://bit.ly/107l46Y

Special thanks to Cyrille for lending us his time for the chat and sharing information and knowledge about the topics. We will have information posted here soon on our next #biometricchat tweet chat, tentatively scheduled for mid-April.

If you have any idea for a chat topic, please drop an email to marketing@m2sys.com

 

January #biometricchat Summary – Privacy and Biometrics with Special Guest Shaun Dakin

January's biometric tweet chat will discuss privacy and biometrics.

January #biometricchat discussed privacy and biometrics.

On Thursday January the 10th we hosted the first #biometricchat tweet chat of 2013. The topic was biometrics and privacy and our guest was Shaun Dakin, a privacy expert and the man responsible for establishing the National Political Do Not Call Registry as well as writing several op-ed pieces including this one for the Washngton Post calling for a Privacy Bill of Rights for voters. Shaun was gracious enough to lend his time for our chat to discuss his thoughts on the current issues that privacy advocates are concerned about and his opinions on biometric technology’s affect on privacy.

For a copy of the Storify chat transcript please click here.

Here is a list of the questions that we asked Shaun during the chat:

  1. Can you bring us up to speed on what privacy advocates currently feel is the most pressing privacy issue of our time? What technology has the most disastrous impact on privacy?
  2. Is privacy primarily a cultural, contractual, or technological issue?
  3. What is the more appropriate, effective, and desirable approach – educating the public on privacy or lobbying the government to pass laws protecting it?
  4. Ireland recommends using a “Privacy by Design” (http://www.arthurcox.com/whats-new/publications/preserving-privacy-in-the-age-of-biometrics-nov2012.html) system which encourages proactively embedding privacy design into biometric technology. Should this type of approach be used in the U.S.?
  5. Does a “Privacy Impact Assessment” (see http://www.planetbiometrics.com/article-details/i/1412/) carry any weight with advocates as a necessary tool in constructing a privacy friendly biometrics identification solution?
  6. On the scale of existing threats to privacy, where does biometrics fit in and what steps can the biometrics industry take to promote and encourage privacy friendly solutions?
  7. Biometrics is often viewed as a “privacy protector” in that it can prevent identity fraud, which is becoming an epidemic of global proportions. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Shaun felt that the biggest privacy story of 2012 was the increasing power of the government to search electronic communications directly stemming from the David Petraeus CIA scandal case. He went on to say that privacy seems to be a generational phenomenon, and younger generations very willing to give up their privacy in exchange for something else. he expected to see privacy norms stretched way beyond where we are and government surveillance slowly is becoming the privacy hot topic of our times.

Shaun went on to say that he believes there should be some sort of baseline privacy legislation in the U.S. “with teeth.” He also reminded us that in the last session of Congress there were over 21 pieces of privacy legislation introduced but none of them passed. Shaun agreed that the “Privacy by Design” concept which proactively encourages embedding privacy designs into biometric systems is a good idea on paper, but tough to implement in reality. He pointed out that most developers don’t think about privacy as a necessary step for design, instead they justifiably place their focus on revenue and number of users.

We rounded out the chat discussion by getting Shaun’s thoughts on where biometrics stood on the scale of existing threats to privacy and he said that currently biometrics is still not top of mind with the public but with the recent announcement by Disney that they would be using RFID bracelets stored with personal information in their parks, perhaps public conscience may change plus this may be an opportune time for Disney as a major brand to affect some change in the industry.

Please join us in thanking Shaun for his time on the chat  on privacy and biometrics and for everyone who participated! Look for the announcement of February’s #biometricchat topic sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Please drop us a note at marketing@m2sys.com if you have an idea for a topic. Thank you!