Launched in December 2003, The International Biometric Foundation (IBF), owned and operated by Smartex Limited as part of the UK Smart Card Club, draws together on a regular basis, government, academia, industry, media and users of biometric technology and their related suppliers.

The introduction of biometric technology in large-scale public sector applications raises many issues in areas where there is often relatively little direct experience upon which to draw.  Furthermore, these are not just technological issues, but encompass operational and societal factors that must be properly understood if new initiatives are to be successful.  This situation is echoed in the private sector where large scale applications are beginning to surface.  This raises challenges for both government and technology suppliers who seek to implement such initiatives.

To assist organisations in considering these complex issues and opportunities, and to keep members informed of all the latest developments in biometrics and related smart technology and applications, Smartex has established The International Biometric Foundation.    

The IBF, under the auspices of the Smart Card Club, serves its members through regular meetings, and via the Smart Card Club website  

For further information on member services, meetings planned for 2010 and joining instructions, please visit or contact:

Richard Poynder
Smartex Limited
PO Box 146
Suffolk CB9 7RL
T: +44 (0) 1440 712 610
F: +44 (0) 1440 712 537

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