Govt plans biometrics working group

Summary:The national science and security division within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPC) is looking to establish a new working group with industry to tackle biometric security initiatives.

The national science and security division within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPC) is looking to establish a new working group with industry to tackle biometric security initiatives.

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The National Security Science and Technology branch within the DPC works to look at how innovations in science can be used to aid national security priorities.

Speaking at the Biometrics Institute Australia conference in Sydney today, Dr Helen Cartledge told attendees about her push to develop a new working group.

"I've been talking to a few government agencies in biometrics and I would like to set up [within PMC] a biometrics working group to bring together researchers, government and industry ... and sit down and discuss what the ICT priorities, gaps and availabilities are," Cartledge said.

"We can quickly transform the successful research into a product we can use in [the national security] community," she added.

Cartledge didn't put a timeline on when the working group might be established; however, the National Security Science and Technology branch is set to hold a conference in August to determine the community perception of biometric use in the field of national security.

Cartledge said that other current research initiatives that the office is pursuing include biometric security and spoof prevention methods, maritime defence, better surveillance algorithms and event detection and explosive blast modelling.

Topics: Government, Government : AU, Health, Privacy, Security

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