Biometrics leaders want to make the most of the opportunities that exist in the area and the state.
A half-day biometrics forum, called “Next Steps in Identity Technologies: Biometrics and Beyond,” took place Wednesday at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont’s I-79 Technology Park. TechConnect West Virginia hosted the event, and IMTAS was a sponsor.
Computer Sciences Corp. was also involved in the forum. Steve Hooks, director of the CSC Identity Labs in the Research Center, which is the West Virginia presence for the company, said CSC has supported TechConnect on a consulting contract for the past 18 months. CSC tries to help TechConnect develop technology jobs and technology opportunities in West Virginia.
Anne Barth, executive director of TechConnect, said they brought stakeholders together Wednesday to talk about opportunities possible through collaborations and what could be done in the future to create more high-wage jobs in biometrics and identity management. They want to see more private sector spin-offs come out of the area’s strong federal government presence in biometrics.