Crime prevention and detection technologies dissemination event: Identification and authentication

03/01/05

EPSRC press release

8th March 2005, Institution of Civil Engineers, London

Invitation for Journalists: Detecting Progress in the Fight against Crime

Pioneering technologies designed to aid crime prevention and detection will be highlighted at a major event in London on Tuesday 8th March.

Crime currently costs the UK economy around 50 billion a year and tackling it is widely recognised as an important priority. The forthcoming event, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will focus on the contribution science and engineering is making in the key areas of identification and authentication.

Developing better ways of proving and protecting people's identity lies at the heart of the drive to combat terrorism, fraud and other types of crime. Recognising this, EPSRC is supporting a wide range of research projects in fields such as identity and identification, biometrics and signature recognition, verification and encryption.

The event, which will be held at the Institution of Civil Engineers, will outline what is being achieved through EPSRC funding in these areas. It will describe current initiatives and summarise the impact of technologies developed as a result of projects that have already been completed.

"The Home Office recognises the need to invest in research that will help to develop new technologies in the fight against crime and terrorism," explains Paul Goggins MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Correctional Services and Reducing Re-offending, "we are pleased to recognise the contribution that the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is making in this area." Paul Goggins MP will be making a keynote address at the event. There will also be presentations by speakers from academia and industry closely involved in developing new identification and authentication technologies. The programme will include question & answer and poster sessions.

EPSRC has an extensive track record in funding research aimed at the prevention and detection of crime. In 2002, it launched a specific Crime Technology Programme to give further momentum to research in this area. Identification and authentication projects account for the majority of research funded through this initiative.

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