Army honcho says there's more to biometrics than buying scanners

Army honcho says there's more to biometrics than buying scanners

Building an enterprise architecture and expanding bandwidth are the first steps toward a successful departmentwide implementation of biometrics technology, said Maj. Gen. Steven Boutelle, director of information operations, space and networks for the Army.

'We are going into a network-centric environment,' Boutelle said at the Biometric Consortium conference this week in Arlington, Va. 'This is not just about collecting biometrics from individuals.'

The Defense Department plans to have an operational biometrics system by 2005. Before it can accomplish that, it plans to secure its data over new fiber-optic networks that will be connected in an initiative called the Global Information Grid, which will be finished in 2004.

'How do we secure those networks?' Boutelle said. 'Biometrics.'

While members of the Biometric Consortium discuss privacy laws and standards for devices, Boutelle said, Defense is considering ways to collect, retrieve and store biometrics in a secure environment.

DOD decided last year to use devices adhering to the BioApi standard, developed by the consortium and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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