About the West Virginia Biometrics Initiative
Biometrics are measurable physical characteristics or personal behavioral traits used to recognize the identity or verify the claimed identity of an individual. A biometric system is an automated tool for measuring and evaluating these characteristics or traits for the purpose of human recognition.
The vision of the West Virginia Biometrics Initiative is to focus on the existing West Virginia biometrics industry capacity to:
It is the goal of the West Virginia Biometrics Initiative to have local industries and other partners collaborate on and participate in every major Federal biometrics Request for Proposal. West Virginia will have the organizational capability to interact with out-of-state biometrics players and to draw human and capital resources into the region. We want to serve as the catalyst to enhance the biometrics industry in West Virginia by:
- Develop new knowledge
- Develop new products
- Develop new services
If biometrics and identity management are key elements of your business, then you need to consider the I-79 High Tech Corridor of West Virginia for your next expansion. Learn more about our region and its focus on biometrics by using the links listed above.
- Developing regional basic knowledge infrastructure
- Building regional capability
- Creating a regional biometrics marketing and branding strategy
Michael D. Kirkpatrick,
, serves as the Executive Director of the West Virginia Biometrics Initiative. Mike brings a wealth of experience in biometrics and identity management to this position, and is a world-recognized expert in the field.
Mike retired as a Special Agent of the FBI on August 31, 2004, after a 26 ½ year career. At the time of his retirement, he was the FBI’s senior Assistant Director, having served as Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division for 42 months. In that capacity, he led the FBI’s largest Division into the realities of the post-9/11 world by finding ways to adapt the Nation’s existing law enforcement information technology infrastructure to support the Global War on Terrorism and by developing the world’s most extensive biometrically-based database of terrorist identities. In 2003, President George W. Bush recognized his leadership in the use of biometrics in the Global War on Terrorism by conferring on him the rank of Meritorious Executive. He was responsible for $1 Billion in information technology resident at the CJIS Division, including the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).