Biometric Challenges for Future Deployments: A Study of the Impact of Geography, Climate, Culture, and Social Conditions on the Effective Collection of Biometrics [open pdf - 3MB]
"This report consists of two parts, which summarize the conditions under which biometric collection may occur in future Army deployments. Factors affecting biometric collection include geography, climatic conditions, ethnic populations, and relationships with host countries. The attitudes of members of ethnic populations were considered to be a particularly challenging factor affecting biometric collection. In early work on this project a group of experts gathered for round-table discussions of the problem of biometric collection in diverse environments. [...] These discussions lead to several observations. First, the environmental context should be considered in the selection of an appropriate biometric modality. Part I of this report addresses technical considerations regarding the selection of modalities. Second, social and anthropological considerations cannot be generalized even in relatively small regions. [...] Third, technological change will affect biometric collection. [...] Overall recommendations for current and future biometric collection complete Part I. Part II is an examination of factors that lead to effective biometric collection. Interviews were conducted with many individuals involved in the operational use of biometrics, many of whom had collected biometrics in theater, primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. A surprising finding was that culture is not likely to be a major factor in biometric collection. The analysis led to several recommendations regarding the use of biometrics and provides a list of questions the answers to which can significantly affect the nature of a biometrics collection effort and its ultimate success."
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