Biometrics is playing an increasingly significant role in the operational fabric of asymmetric warfare. As a Special Operations Force and Intelligence tool it is vitally important to ensure accurate identification and conduct kinetic operations with granular accuracy. So, I will be introducing relevant technology, in nontechnical parlance, to provide readers a high level overview of where we are and where we’re heading with a focus on identification and not access control.
The City of Tampa and the Tampa Convention Center are hosts for this annual event scheduled to run from September 16 – 18. This year’s event kicked off with a reception at the Tampa Museum of Art.
Opening remarks were delivered by Tovah LaDier, IBIA Managing Director, Carroll & LaDier, PLLC under who’s guidance IBIA continues to flourish. This year’s reception was a huge success with greater attendance and representation than prior years.
The International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) has added new members from around the world and is the premier industry association at the heart of an industry that by conservative estimates will be worth $20 billion by 2019.
Qualcomm Technologies, a principal sponsor of tonight’s reception was represented by William Maheu, Senior Director for Qualcomm Technologies, who spoke on biometric current and future application.
Bill Maheu graduated from the University of San Diego in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Additionally, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. He was a member of the San Diego Police Department for 28 years. During his tenure with the department Bill had many assignments including Commanding Officer of Field Operations/Special Resources, Executive Lieutenant of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, Special Projects/Long Range Planning Lieutenant and Narcotics Sergeant. He also directed several major projects including the 2003 Super Bowl, the 1996 Republican National
Convention, the 1996 Presidential Debate, the development of the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team and the development of the Homeless Outreach Team. Bill rose to the rank of
Executive Assistant Chief of Police during which time his responsibilities included the
department’s day-to-day operations, its 400 million dollar budget, the Professional Standards
Section, Intelligence Section, Interoperable Communications and Information Technologies.
He retired from the department in January 2008 to join Qualcomm’s Government Technologies
team. In his new position Bill is on the senior management team and is responsible for Strategic