NexID Welcomes U.S. Congressman Bill Owens

NexID was pleased to welcome U.S. Congressman Bill Owens to our offices on March 10, 2014. Congressman Owens represents New York’s 21st Congressional District and has been a strong advocate for new venture creation and small business development since coming to office in 2009. His web site is located at https://owens.house.gov. Our conversation began with a discussion of various potential threats that can occur with fingerprint spoofing, including one we hadn’t considered until Congressman Owens’ visit. According to the Congressman, firearms manufacturers are beginning to design biometric locks into their products, along with accessory providers (e.g., www.intelligun.com). Since many biometrics systems are vulnerable to being spoofed, one can quickly imagine gun owners having their biometric gun locks spoofed, thereby exposing them to being blamed for crimes committed that involved their firearms. Talk about an incentive for spoof mitigation! Rep. Owens also took time to connect us with another company in his district that also serves the biometrics industry, specifically Fujitsu, located in Plattsburgh, N.Y. We greatly appreciate the Congressman’s interest in NexID and our liveness detection solution, and hope to welcome him to our offices again. Lastly, Scott Dosztan, News Director for WPDM Radio captured the interview on tape, highlights of which can be listened to here.