Biometrics Centre of Expertise – based at the Home Office Scientific Development Branch
The Biometrics Centre of Expertise, headed by Marek Rejman-Greene, supports the Home Office’s programmes to provide scientifically based advice on the application of biometrics. Our aims are to:
- align programmes and projects, for example through operation to common standards and as part of a wider identity management environment
- support assurance activities in procurement and deployment
- share experience and knowledge about the application of biometrics throughout government, organising courses and co-ordinating activities
- anticipate future developments in biometric technologies and system design, to ensure that solutions continue to be effective and optimal into the next decade
- engage with academia, technology developers and system integrators to ensure a flow of information and knowledge about the use of biometrics in government
The Centre supports the Department of Trade and Industry in fostering a high quality research base in the UK, and works with the European Biometrics Forum and the European Commission to assess the interoperability of solutions across the European Union.
Although it is vital to get the technology aspects right, we believe it is as important to understand the context in which these are used, to ensure that we have robust, scalable and secure solutions and users that are comfortable in their application.