The Who’s who of biometrical standards meets up at Idiap from January 11-19, 2016

The Idiap Research Institute and the Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing of Martigny welcome this week the ISO working groups in the field of biometrics.

The Idiap Research Institute and the Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing, co-founded by Idiap, the canton of Valais and the city of Martigny, will welcome - for the first time - , from January 11-19, the international delegations of ISO standards in the field of biometrics (

The aim of this meeting? Discussions and defining the future agenda in the domain of biometric standardization. More than 80 experts of biometrics coming from all four corners of the globe are expected, especially researchers, engineers and stakeholders of different governments.

The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an organism developing international standards used in the industrial and commercial sectors. Being composed of 162 member countries, it is the biggest standardization organization in the world. The goal of this institution is to make sure that products observing the ISO standards are secure, reliable and of good quality.

This meeting is concerned above all else with the improvement of standards in the field of biometrics related to the security of technologies. The objective is obviously to transfer these technologies to the industrial domain. Biometrics will play a big role in the future, especially in terms of security.

The following subjects will be treated during this week: the harmonization of the biometrics vocabulary; technical biometrics interfaces; the exchange formats of biometric data; the technical implementation of biometric systems; biometric test and reports for performance certifications.

The organization of these days is sponsored by the Idiap Research Institute, the Swiss Center of Biometrics Research and Testing, the Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV), the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) and the Hasler Foundation.

Sébastien Marcel, Idiap researcher and in charge of the management committee of the Swiss Center of Biometrics Research and Testing, declares: « We are honored to have been chosen to welcome the ISO working groups of biometrics. This is proof of the international recognition of our work in biometrics and the visibility created by the Center. It is also a success for the city of Martigny and the canton of Valais that support the development of the technological Valais.”