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ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 37's Response to the Global Challenges and Customer Needs for Strong Personal Authentication and Enhanced Security



Fernando L. Podio


Biometric technologies are able to establish or verify personal identity against previously enrolled individuals. Used alone or together with other authentication technologies such as tokens they can provide higher degrees of security than other technologies employed alone and they can also overcome their weaknesses. World events in the last few years have increased the global interest for highly secure personal authentication. National security priorities have emphasized the need for biometrics in Machine Readable Travel Documents, employee identification documents, and other secure applications. Deploying new and secure information systems in support of these new global priorities require a comprehensive set of international biometrics standards developed in a timely fashion. ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 37 - Biometrics is responding to the global challenges and customer needs for strong personal authentication and enhanced security by developing a comprehensive portfolio of biometric standards. The article discusses the customer needs for these standards, it describes the biometric standards portfolio of SC 37 and addresses how these standards will support highly secure biometric-based applications. Adoption of a number of the standards developed by SC 37 by large international organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Labor Office of the United Nations is also discussed.
ISO Focus


authentication, biometric, biometrics, biometrics, biometrics, data interchange, interoperability, performance meaurements, standards


Podio, F. (2005), ISO/IEC JTC 1 SC 37's Response to the Global Challenges and Customer Needs for Strong Personal Authentication and Enhanced Security, ISO Focus, [online], (Accessed July 21, 2024)


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Created September 5, 2005, Updated February 17, 2017