Welcome to the Biometric Center of Excellence (BCOE)
The FBI’s BCOE—located in Clarksburg, West Virginia—is the FBI’s program for exploring and advancing the use of new and enhanced biometric technologies and capabilities for integration into operations. Every day, the BCOE strives to deliver state-of-the-art biometric tools and technologies to law enforcement and intelligence personnel working in communities around the world.
Commonly implemented or studied biometric modalities include fingerprint, face, iris, voice, hand writer recognition, and hand geometry. There is not one biometric modality that is best for all implementations, and many factors must be taken into account when implementing a biometric device, including location, security risks, task (identification or verification), expected number of users, user circumstances, existing data, etc.
Biometrics: A Decade of Progress Since 9/11
This video provides an overview of the advancements in biometric technology across the federal government since 9/11.
The National Biometics Challenge, September 2011
This 2011 update to The National Biometrics Challenge examines the many advances made as government, academia, and the private sector have collaboratively responded to the priorities identified in 2006.
U.S. Government Facial Recognition Legal Series
The FBI Biometric Center of Excellence (BCOE) has sponsored a series of interagency facial recognition (FR) legal and policy forums.
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