NPL takes biotesting role

The National Physical Laboratory is playing a key role in a European project to prove biometric systems can meet the needs of future security systems.


Teddington-based National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is playing a key role in a European project to prove biometric systems can meet the needs of future security systems.



NPL is participating in Biotesting Europe, a €358,000 biometrics project, part-funded by the European Union, to ensure that future testing procedures and facilities meet the needs of systems users and developers.



The project, boasting a Europe-wide network of resources, will study a range of approaches and technologies available for biometric recognition and new ones under development. It will provide buyers with information on the usability and reliability of products and will give scientists access to independent testing facilities to allow them to prove their products and trial them in combination with existing systems.



This network would improve access to testing and avoid duplicating existing facilities. The first step would be an audit of the resources currently available and customers’ needs.



NPL will contribute its independent expertise in the evaluation and calibration of biometric systems.



The results that emerge from Biotesting Europe will provide a clear direction for the future development of shared resources for biometric testing.