ID WORLD International Congress: Mario Savastano

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Mario Savastano

Senior Researcher – Institute of Bio-structures and Bio-images, National Research Council of Italy (CNR)

Speaks at ID WORLD on Secure Identification

Mario Savastano is an Electronic Engineering graduated at the Federico II University of Napoli. From 1982 is with the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and is current position is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Bio-structures and Bio-images of Napoli. In 2001 he has been a member of the ad-hoc group on Performance and Testing of Biometrics of the Biometric Consortium (NIST – U.S.) and from 2002 is the Convenor of the ISO/IEC TC1 SC 37 (“Biometrics”) WG 6 (“Cross-jurisdictional and societal aspects of Biometrics”). In 2001/2002 Mario Savastano has been responsible of the work-package on the medical implications of biometrics in the context of the EC funded project “BIOVISION”. From 2005 he has been scientific responsible of specific sections of two EC projects, one focused on the diffusion of standards on identity management in health care contexts (BioHealth) and the other dealing with the a possible next generation of identity documents based on tri-dimensions face images (3DFace). Since 2002 he is responsible of collaborations with several Italian Ministries in the area of biometrics and from 2004 has been a member of the Competence Center for Biometrics of the Italian National Centre for Informatics in the Public Administration. From 2006 has collaborated with the Italian National Committee on Bioethics for the development of a document on the ethical aspects of biometrics. Other than the evaluation of the legal and social aspects of biometrics, his current activity is focused on behavioural biometrics and on machine-to-man interaction in the context of automatic border crossing based on biometrics.

“The virtual barriers of automated border crossing”

The introduction of the new electronic passports equipped with biometric identifiers has boosted the development of Automated Border Crossing systems. After the first initial general enthusiasm for the novelty, it is now becoming clear that, in several countries, the usage of these expensive and complex systems is lower than expected. With some exceptions, in several international airports, the lanes reserved for automatic border crossing are often deserted and the airport staff can frequently be seen trying to convince passengers approaching traditional border crossing to use the new and faster procedures. The reasons behind this unexpected situation are various and, surely enough, as absurd as it may seem, the excellent traditional border crossing organization of some airports and the relative lack of long queues is one of the main reasons for the scarce interest in using new systems. Anyway, lack of convenience is only one of the issues acting as a barrier for the popularity of Automated Border Controls. For example, accessibility and usability problems are particularly serious. These may be experienced not only by impaired users but also by other categories of customers, such as the elderly which may have visual, hearing or postural deficits making it difficult – if not impossible – to use the new systems. The lesson learned after the various, temporary, experimentations has anyway shown that the success of Automated Border Crossing systems is closely linked to a mix of factors spanning from logistic to technical and human-related factors. The users should not only be convinced of the convenience to use automated border crossing systems to avoid queues, but also be provided with reliable, accurate, usable, secure and, last but not least, very friendly systems.

Speaking on November 16

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