U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Government Website

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Safely connect using HTTPS

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Biometric and Identity Technology Center

Research, Address, Industry, Testing and EvaluationThe  Biometric and Identity Technology Center (BI-TC) establishes an enduring core capability by leveraging S&T’s biometric and identity expertise and capabilities to enable the re-use of biometric tools, methods, and best practices.

The BI-TC provides objective biometric and identity capabilities to DHS, enables operational components to cost-effectively use new technologies, and informs strategic planning and acquisitions of new biometric and identity capabilities. The BI-TC supports robust testing and evaluation at the Maryland Test Facility (MdTF) to inform applications of biometric technology to specific operational use cases across DHS, and the homeland security community.

For more information please view the BI-TC Factsheet.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Technical Papers Series

Fact Sheets

  • Evaluating the Equitability of Commercial Face Recognition Technology in DHS Scenarios
  • Face Image Quality Expectations and Factors Affecting Performance (November 16, 2021). Presentation by Arun Vemury at the Workshop on Face Image Quality, November 16-18, 2021. European Association for Biometrics.
  • Demographic Correlates of Mated Scores: Implications for Face Image Quality (November 16, 2021). Presentation by Yevgeniy Sirotin at the Workshop on Face Image Quality, November 16-18, 2021. European Association for Biometrics.
  • NYAST Forum: Understanding Biometrics and Face Recognition
  • Emerging Technology: Challenges and Opportunities for Mobile Driver’s License (mDL) and Digital IDs
  • Variation in the Performance of Biometric Systems: Insights Gained from Large-Scale Scenario Testing 
    • This presentation describes how data collected from these large scale scenario tests have addressed demographic effects in face recognition technologies, explains the role of image acquisition in shaping demographic differences in face recognition systems, and summarizes the implications of demographic differences in face recognition system performance for different use-cases.
  • Face Recognition: Discussing Performance and Equitability
    • This video provides a high-level introduction to the components and functions of face recognition systems. It distinguishes between face recognition and image classification, which is often misunderstood and incorrectly reported, as well as provides a discussion on the performance and equitability of these systems.

DHS Science and Technology; Face Recognition: Discussing Performance and Equitability; Technilca Webinar Series, December 2019; Arun Vemury, Director, Biometric & Identity Technology Center, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate; John Howard & Yevgeniy Sirotin, Scientists, The Maryland Test Facility.

To learn more about the Biometric and Identity Technology Center, contact peoplescreening@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 05/20/2022
Was this page helpful?
This page was not helpful because the content