International Biometric Group (IBG) Announces New TSA QPL Testing

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IBG To Conduct Next Round of TSA Qualified Product List (QPL) Testing of Biometrics Access Control Systems Beginning in September 2008

International Biometric Group (IBG) is pleased to announce that it will conduct formal Qualified Product List (QPL) Testing of biometric access control systems for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) beginning in September 2008.

IBG has been designated by DHS and NIST as a qualified lab to conduct biometric device testing during the Transition Phase of the Biometrics for Access Control Qualified Products List. Products to be tested include enrollment stations and biometric sensors/readers that can be deployed at airport access points to secure areas. Products that successfully complete the qualification process will be included on the TSA Qualified Products List. Airport operators are encouraged to use the qualified products list to improve upon their existing access control systems by incorporating biometric technologies.

Application forms, along with information on test fees, participation requirements, and schedules, are posted at http://www.biometricgroup.com/QPL. Applications for testing will be accepted until 31 August 2008. Based on the number of applications received, IBG may at its discretion extend the application period.

The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, Title IV, Section 4011, directs the TSA to issue guidance for use of biometric technology in airport access control systems, as well as establish a qualified products list of biometric technologies which meet standards set forth in the aforementioned guidance.

Since 1996, IBG has been a premier independent developer and integrator of identification systems and solutions, providing end-to-end expert services for government and industry. As a vendor-independent, technology-neutral company, IBG works with governments worldwide in developing and deploying custom identity solutions and standards-based infrastructures across multiple platforms in complex, mission-critical environments. IBG is headquartered in New York City, with additional employee locations in Washington, DC; London, UK; Arlington, VA; Herndon, VA; and San Francisco, CA.

Technical and Business Contact:
Brian Wong
qpl @ biometricgroup.com
212.809.9491

Press Contact:
Peter H. Cheesman
pcheesman @ biometricgroup.com
212.809.9491

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