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John Mears

IBIA Director and Senior Fellow, Information Technology and Security Solutions, Leidos, USA


Privacy for 2017 – An Industry Perspective…

•    What is privacy?
•    Does privacy equal anonymity?
•    What is the trade-off between trustworthiness and knowledge of identity?



Special Topic: Accomplishing airport transformation through biometric Entry/Exit

Moderator: John Mears

Recent Presidential orders have added pressure on DHS to implement existing legislative mandates and 9-11 Commission recommendations to accomplish both biometric exit processing of foreign travelers in addition to the existing biometric entry processing of those same travelers.
Extant airport infrastructure in the U.S. was not initially designed with these additional requirements in mind. The U.S. isn’t building new airports, but air travel is growing about 5% a year, and expected to double by 2030 – not long from now in airport infrastructure improvement years.  Unless both security AND traveler flow can be enhanced together, the existing U.S. airport infrastructure will be insufficient to handle this increase in traveler capacity.
While the technology exists to accomplish such improvements, unless all the key stakeholders – represented on this panel – work together with a unity of purpose, both security and passenger flow will be negatively impacted.  This panel will explore a positive vision of this unity of purpose, and highlight the roles that each stakeholder will play in realizing the vision.



John Mears is a Leidos Senior Fellow, responsible for technology advocacy, independent research and development, strategy development, operational technology insertion and growth, new business assistance, and STEM / academic relationships.

Previously, Mr Mears was Director of Biometrics and Identity Management, including the TSA’s Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) program, and the FBI’s Fingerprint Scanning Service. Research initiatives include rapid DNA identification, advanced latent print image processing, and genomic forensics.  His current focus is international biometric systems, biometric entry/exit, border security, and immigration reform.

Mr Mears began his career with the IBM Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he held a number of increasingly responsible technical and management positions, including lead system engineer for the world-wide satellite tracking stations of the Global Positioning System (GPS).
Mr Mears holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida. He is an LM Certified Program Manager and Qualified Capture Manager. Mr Mears is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a Director of the International Biometrics and Identity Association (IBIA), and member of the Biometrics Institute.

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