ID World Rome event shows growth, future prospects of field

Published 15 November 2005

You want to know whether a certain field of commercial activity is growing or shrinking? Just look at the number of conferences put together every year, and the number of attendees. By these measures, biometrics is on the upswing. The ID WORLD International Congress, held in Rome, Italy, 2-4 November, was attended by 361 conference delegates, 1,514 individual visitors, and 74 exhibitors from around the globe. The ID WORLD International Congress, which is organized by Wise Media, is the only international event dedicated to looking at the issue of identification as a comprehensive whole, rather than focusing on any specific technology or vertical sector. This year’s event saw the inauguration of two focused initiatives, the Electronic Passport Forum and the Smart Supply Chain Forum. The Electronic Passport Forum continued the discussion begun in Berlin in May 2005 about the most relevant issues related to the introduction of the new biometrics-enabled, machine-readable travel documents, with emphasis on manufacturing, personalization, and border control. The Smart Supply Chain Forum analyzes the most relevant questions surrounding the introduction of RFID and advanced data collection solutions in the areas of manufacturing, distribution, and retail. Both topics were covered with panel sessions at a conference level and technology villages at an exhibition level.

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