Identity Week Europe: Key Takeaways for Biometric Professionals

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Identity Week is one of the most significant events in the biometric and identity industries. Held annually, it brings together experts, vendors, and end-users from around the world to discuss the latest trends, technologies, and challenges in identity management.

This year, Lakota Software had the opportunity to participate, and it was an enlightening experience. The event provided a great platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and exploring new business opportunities.

Events like Identity Week allow industry leaders to stay ahead of technological advancements, regulatory changes, and emerging challenges. For Lakota Software, attending Identity Week is part of our commitment to continuous improvement and staying at the forefront of biometric innovation. It’s an opportunity to benchmark our solutions against the best in the world and ensure we are always delivering cutting-edge technology to our clients.

Face-to-Face Meetings with Industry Partners

One of the highlights of Identity Week was finally meeting face-to-face with some of our international partners and end-users. We had productive discussions with the UK Home Office, which helped strengthen our relationships and better understand their specific needs. Meeting in person allowed us to convey our commitment and capabilities more effectively, paving the way for stronger collaborations. These meetings emphasized the importance of personal interaction in building trust and fostering long-term partnerships.

In addition to the UK Home Office, we met with several other key stakeholders and end-users from various sectors, such as the Ministries of Defense and Interior from various EU countries and some of our hardware partners, including Integrated Biometrics and Xperix. These interactions provided us with a deeper understanding of the unique challenges and requirements faced by our partners. By listening to their experiences and needs, we can tailor our solutions more precisely and ensure that we continue to meet and exceed their expectations.

Demonstration of Lakota’s Core Capabilities

During the event, we demonstrated our core capabilities, particularly in reading, writing, and editing biometric files. This demonstration highlighted that our solutions offer unique features that other vendors in the EU do not provide. Our ability to handle complex biometric data with precision sets us apart, making us a preferred choice for many organizations. Attendees were impressed with the efficiency and reliability of our solutions.

Our demonstrations also included live presentations and hands-on sessions where attendees could see our software in action. By showcasing our technology in real-world scenarios, we effectively communicated the tangible benefits of choosing Lakota Software for biometric solutions.

Collaboration in the EU

Collaboration is highly valued and expected in the EU, more so than in the US. The cultural emphasis on working together to achieve common goals was evident throughout the event. This collaborative spirit is crucial for the development and implementation of effective biometric systems. It also fosters a sense of community and shared purpose among industry players, which is essential for addressing common challenges and driving innovation.

We saw that European organizations are more inclined to share resources, knowledge, and expertise to achieve mutual benefits. This approach contrasts with the often competitive and isolated strategies seen in the US. By embracing collaboration, the EU will be able to leverage collective strengths and accelerate the adoption of advanced biometric technologies, ultimately benefiting all stakeholders involved.

Focus on Identification Documents

A significant focus at Identity Week was on companies that specialize in printing identification documents, such as passports and banknotes, with integrated biometrics. Most importantly, we met another company, Troy Group, Inc., with an office located in West Virginia (small world)! The EU places great importance on these documents, seeing them as vital components of secure and efficient identity management systems. This trend highlights the growing demand for high-security identification solutions that combine traditional and biometric technologies.

The integration of biometrics into identification documents ensures enhanced security and fraud prevention. It also streamlines verification processes at borders, airports, and other checkpoints. This is especially important for countries with many borders, as is the case for much of Europe.

Building a Unified Biometric System in the EU

The EU is working towards creating a unified biometric system for identification, aiming for a centralized and standardized approach across all participating countries. However, some countries are still determining the best starting point or prefer to develop their systems independently. This variation in approaches presents both challenges and opportunities for innovation. A unified system promises improved interoperability and efficiency but requires significant coordination and consensus among member states.

Developing such a system involves addressing technical, regulatory, and logistical challenges. It also necessitates robust data protection and privacy measures to ensure public trust and compliance with stringent EU regulations. The discussions at Identity Week highlighted these complexities, underscoring the importance of collaboration and innovative thinking in achieving a cohesive and effective biometric identification system.

Border Management and Control

Border management and control were hot topics at the event, especially concerning the identification of migrants from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The EU faces unique challenges with numerous borders to protect, making biometric solutions critical for effective border management. These solutions not only enhance security but also improve the efficiency of border control processes.

The discussions at Identity Week revealed a strong focus on developing and implementing advanced biometric technologies for border management. These include mobile biometric identification systems and automated border control gates. By leveraging these technologies, the EU aims to enhance its ability to manage migration flows, prevent illegal entry, and ensure the safety and security of its citizens.


Lakota Software’s participation in Identity Week was a valuable experience. We gained insights into the latest industry trends, reinforced our relationships with key partners, and showcased our unique capabilities.

Our experience at Identity Week also underscored the importance of staying engaged with the global biometric community. By participating in such events, we can continue to learn, grow, and innovate, ensuring that we remain at the forefront of the industry. We look forward to applying the insights gained at Identity Week to enhance our offerings and better serve our clients.

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Lakota Software provides custom biometric solutions and software engineering services. With extensive experience and proven expertise, we offer reliable products that support real-time decision-making on the front lines.

Contact us today to learn more about how our solutions can meet your needs and enhance your biometric systems. 

Key Takeaways

  • Importance of Identity Week: Identity Week is a crucial event for the biometric and identity industries, providing a platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and exploring new business opportunities.
  • Lakota Software’s Active Participation: Phillip Merritt, VP and COO, and Sam Cilento, Business Development Manager, represented the company, engaging with partners and clients and showcasing our innovative solutions.
  • Face-to-Face Meetings: Direct interactions with key partners such as the UK Home Office helped strengthen relationships and gain deeper insights into their specific needs.
  • Demonstration of Core Capabilities: Lakota Software demonstrated unique capabilities in reading, writing, and editing biometric files, setting us apart from other EU vendors.
  • Collaboration Emphasis in the EU: The event highlighted the EU’s strong focus on collaboration, which is essential for the development and implementation of effective biometric systems.
  • Focus on Identification Documents: There was significant emphasis on integrating biometrics into identification documents like passports and banknotes, reflecting the EU’s commitment to high-security solutions.
  • Unified Biometric System: The EU’s efforts towards creating a centralized and standardized biometric identification system were discussed, along with the challenges and opportunities involved.
  • Border Management and Control: Advanced biometric technologies for border management were a key topic, addressing the need to manage migration flows and enhance security at the EU’s numerous borders.
  • Valuable Insights and Opportunities: Lakota Software gained valuable insights into industry trends, reinforcing our relationships and enhancing our future strategic direction.
  • Commitment to Innovation and Collaboration: The event underscored the importance of staying engaged with the global biometric community, ensuring Lakota Software remains at the forefront of the industry.

Aaron Wilson

President and CEO 

Aaron Wilson has been at the helm of the company since November 2007, steering its growth and specialization in biometric identification systems. With a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from West Virginia University and a background that spans both government and commercial sectors, Aaron has cultivated expertise in system and software engineering lifecycles and agile development practices. His leadership at Lakota has been characterized by his ability to deliver innovative, reliable, and cost-effective software solutions that meet rigorous industry standards.