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TechConnect West Virginia to Host Biometrics Forum June 20 in Fairmont

Charleston, W.Va. (May 8, 2012) – TechConnect West Virginia, in conjunction with Computer Sciences Corporation and IMTAS, will host a forum to discuss the status of the biometrics industry in West Virginia. The forum will be held Wednesday, June 20 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, in Fairmont, W.Va., representatives announced today.

Entitled, “Next Steps in Identity Technologies: Biometrics and Beyond,” the event will bring together biometric companies, Federal agencies and university stakeholders to discuss the future of identity and biometrics technologies and their impact on the State’s economy. Government agency officials will review the status of identity management initiatives in the public sector, particularly regarding the major expansion underway at the FBI data center in Harrison County, said Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnectWV. She added other speakers will address the future and the need for more private-sector development capitalizing on the talent/brainpower in the region.

“As an industry, biometrics can be a huge driver in West Virginia’s economy. This forum was developed to discuss the status of the industry and what, we as stakeholders, need to do to help it continue to grow,” Barth noted.

Barth said the event will feature Assistant Director for the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), David Cuthbertson and Director of the DoD’s Biometric Identity Management Agency (BIMA) Operations, Col. Douglas Flohr. Additionally, representatives from CJIS Biometrics Center of Excellence; DoD Product Management, Biometrics; and West Virginia University will address the forum.

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