New site is the face of DOD biometrics

New site is the face of DOD biometrics

The Defense Department's Biometrics Knowledgebase System, part of whose content is restricted to .gov and .mil domains, will serve as a central government source for biometrics policy and practices.

The knowledge base, at, details product testing criteria, reports, surveys, white papers, background research, glossaries, and tutorials on fingerprint, iris, voice, facial and hand geometry biometrics.

The site carries updates of evaluation teams' work cycles, from controlled environments to field tests. There also are resources for the Defense Department's massive Common Access Card rollout that could include fingerprint or iris authentication by 2004 under one of four verification scenarios.

In the works since February, the site was part of the statement of work for the DOD Biometrics Fusion Center, now based in Bridgeport, W.Va. Maj. Stephen Ferrell, the center's director, called the site a venue for the exchange of information.

'BFC leadership decided that a Web site would be the most effective means of propagating information to the government as a whole,' a center spokesman said.

More than 100 users have registered, he said, and he expects 100 times that number to join each year. Although the content was not specifically designed for wireless display, the spokesman said authorized users can access the information from mobile devices.

The site's security includes firewalls, packet monitoring, domain network filters, passwords and encryption. It is certified under the DOD Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process, DOD Instruction 5200.40.


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