The National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative invites industry players to join forces in a cooperative effort to support and drive high quality research in biometrics and in return, to have privileged access to the developed technologies. Idiap is the host of the first non-US site.

Already involved with various US labs, the Swiss Center for Biometrics Research and Testing decided to strengthen its relationship with the CITeR by hosting the first non-US site of the initiative. Within the Idiap Research Institute, the Center offers biometrics and security companies the means to build strong ties with talented researchers and engineers in the field and to make recommendations and influence the course of the research projects by becoming an affiliate.

Located in Martigny in the canton of Valais, the Swiss site is already creating interest around major players located in Europe. The two first affiliates are SICPA and Idemia. The first one is a Swiss company among the leaders providing secured identification, traceability and authentication solutions. The second one is a French multinational company, specializing in security and identity solutions. Several companies are currently in contact with the Swiss Center for Biometrics.

A Swiss site for a US initiative

In today's fast changing industrial environment, companies must keep pace with the continuous evolution and development of technology and customer preference variability by invest in research and development activities. However, these activities do not often yield immediate profit or improvement, something that is even more prominent in industrial fields driven by cutting-edge technology, such as biometrics business. The Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR) initiative from the American National Science Foundation aims to overcome these issues. The CITeR has already gathered companies and organizations such as Qualcomm, Infineon, Integrated Biometrics, Precise Biometrics, the FBI or Defense Research and Development Canada.