West Virginia Provides Access to:
• Biometrics Markets
• Cutting-edge Biometrics Research
• Skilled Biometrics Work Force
• Lower Operating Costs
• A Quality Lifestyle
West Virginia is your best access point for succeeding in the highly
competitive global biometrics market. The state’s thriving cluster of large
and small biometric companies, government agencies, university research
facilities and business resources create an environment that ensures
This rapidly growing West Virginia network of identification-based science
and biometrics technology also provides major opportunities to form
partnerships that will enhance your business capabilities and growth.
Concentrated in north-central West Virginia, this unique area was referred
to as the “Silicon Valley of America’s biometrics activity” by Wes Bush,
President and COO of the Northrop Grumman Corporation.
The East Coast location provides convenient access to major U.S. markets,
including Washington, D.C., and government agencies in need of biometrics
West Virginia’s biometrics enterprises enjoy competitive advantages as a result of
lower operating costs and cost of living:
• West Virginia’s cost of doing business is 12.9 percent below the U.S. average
• West Virginia has the nation’s third lowest employee turnover rate, according to
the 2006 U.S. Census Bureau
• The state has the second lowest industrial electricity costs in the United States
• The state’s cost-of-living is over 4% below the national average, according to
the American Chamber of Commerce Researchers Association
Qualified graduates of the country’s first biometrics degree program at
West Virginia University are available to help start or expand your business.
West Virginia also is home to a relaxed lifestyle, beautiful landscape and an
abundance of outdoor recreational resources, making it the ideal place to live and
World-Class Biometrics and
Identity Management Assets
The concentration of biometrics and identity-management assets within
West Virginia is unequalled in the world. Together, companies, government
agencies, research universities and technology business services form a
comprehensive source of information and provide resources that enable your
business to exceed its goals.
West Virginia University
World-class academic programs and cutting-edge research make WVU a recognized
international leader in the field of biometrics and identity management.
• Biometrics Degree Program
Companies and agencies in West Virginia take advantage of the first U.S.
Biometric Systems undergraduate degree program, which provides students
and future workers the foundation necessary to design, implement and
evaluate automated biometric systems.
At the graduate level, WVU offers two programs, a Graduate Certificate in
Information Assurance and Biometrics and for certain Masters level programs,
students can pursue an emphasis area in biometrics.
• Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR)
CITeR was the first in the United States to be funded by the National Science
Foundation as an Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. Focusing
on biometrics identification technology, CITeR is where industry, government
and academia join together to provide advanced biometrics research solutions.
The CITeR has enabled WVU to be the lead academic partner for the FBI’s new
Biometric Center of Excellence.
• Biometric Knowledge Center (BKnC)
The goal of the BKnC is to foster and facilitate biometrics research, working
with state and federal agencies to expand biometric opportunities and growth.
• Office of Technology Transfer
Assisting companies in commercializing biometrics knowledge and intellectual
property, this office also helps companies access the university’s extensive
The Marshall University Forensic Science Center is dedicated to providing the
highest quality forensic analysis and is the first university to partner with a state
crime laboratory on the CODIS database.
• The Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) is a West Virginia database
that enables federal, state and local crime labs to exchange and compare
electronic DNA profiles, linking crimes to convicted offenders. Marshall
University’s CODIS Laboratories receive bar-coded, anonymous samples and
create distinct DNA profiles.
• Through a Master of Forensic Science degree program, students have access
to state-of-the-art equipment and high-quality faculty. The Science Center
employs one of the most skilled DNA work forces in the country, consisting
entirely of Forensic Science graduates.
FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Located in Clarksburg, W.Va., CJIS has the largest biometric database in the
world. The Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System developed by
Lockheed Martin, contains the fingerprints and corresponding criminal history
information of more than 53 million subjects.
Department of Defense Biometrics Fusion Center (BFC)
The BFC is the biometrics technology center of excellence for the U.S. Army. The
Clarksburg, W.Va., facility performs test and evaluation of Commercial Off-the-
Shelf (COTS) biometrics and is synchronizing and integrating existing and new
technologies throughout the Department of Defense.
FBI Biometric Center of Excellence
The new Biometric Center of Excellence in Clarksburg, W.Va., was created by the
FBI Science and Technology Branch to coordinate biometric and identity management
activities within the FBI. The Center will facilitate research, development and
training relative to biometric technology and systems.
Bioscrypt’s VisonAccess 3D Face Reader during Qualified Product
List performance tests by Biometric Services International LLC
National Biometric Security Project (NBSP)
Biometric Services International, LLC (BSI)
The NBSP is a leading biometric testing, training and acquisition support organization.
Established after the events of September 11, 2001, to increase national
security and personal identity protection through biometrics, NBSP continues
to serve as an independent organization that provides unbiased support of the
The NBSP pioneered the concept of independent biometric product certification,
a process known as Qualified Product List (QPL).
• Biometric Services International, located in Morgantown, W.Va., is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of NBSP. Its operations support government and
private sector clients that have responsibilities for national security and civil
infrastructure protection. BSI is the only facility in the world exclusively
dedicated to biometrics that has achieved ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Biometric Experimentation and Advanced Concepts
Lockheed Martin has been a pioneer and world leader in advancing biometrics
technology. The company designed and maintains the FBI’s Integrated
Automated Fingerprint Identification System in Clarksburg, W.Va., and
has received a billion-dollar FBI contract to develop the Next Generation
The new system will incorporate palm print, iris and facial recognition capabilities
and multi-modal fusions, combining analysis of more than one biometric
for greater certainty of matches.
• BEACON was opened in White Hall, W.Va., by Lockheed Martin to serve as a
cooperative center for biometrics research.
The BEACON Center brings together Lockheed Martin staff, customers and
industry partners to develop integrated biometrics and identity management
solutions. The BEACON Center will support the Next Generation Identification
Biometrics and Technology Business Services
West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation
The WVHTC is focused on training and supporting the high-technology industry
through commercialization services, business collaboration, capitalization
assistance, technology management and world-class office and lab space.
• Criterian Independent Labs
This initiative of the WVHTC evaluates Information Assurance (IA) technology
products to validate vendor security claims and make the software eligible for
Department of Defense use.
• INNOVA Commercialization Group
INNOVA provides business development services required to take biometrics
products from prototype to market. Services include technical assistance
resources, business support services and Small Business Innovative Research
West Virginia Biometrics Initiative (WVBI)
The WVBI is an initiative of the I-79 Development Council, a regional economic
development organization. The WVBI enhances the biometrics industry in
West Virginia by developing basic-knowledge infrastructure, building regional
capability and creating biometrics marketing and branding strategies.
The goal of the WVBI is to have local industries and other partners collaborate on
every major federal biometrics Request for Proposal.
National Technology Transfer Center (NTTC)
Through technology evaluation and market assessment, the NTTC, located in
Wheeling, W.Va., determines a technology’s commercial potential. The NTTC
offers information technology support for knowledge management and integrated
solutions for the collection, analysis and distribution of information for government
agency and public service needs.
Northrop Grumman National Work Force Center
Northrop Grumman Corporation, a global defense and technology company,
opened a National Work Force Center in Fairmont, W.Va., in September, 2007.
The center is part of a new initiative by the company to provide high-quality,
cost effective technology centers within the United States. It will develop
software and troubleshoot technical problems for clients.
Begin a Profitable Partnership with
West Virginia is ready to deliver the resources and work force necessary
for your biometrics initiatives to succeed. With the assistance of one of the
world’s most dynamic and leading biometrics clusters in the world, West
Virginia is ready to partner with you.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) has
technology expertise to assist companies focused on innovation and the
transfer of technology from idea to commercial product. The Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
programs will assist organizations with proposal preparation.
The West Virginia Development Office can support your business by providing
a comprehensive assistance package:
• An Economic Opportunity Tax Credit for qualified companies to offset up to
80 percent of specified business taxes for a period of up to 13 years
• A Strategic Research and Development Tax credit that allows for up to 100
percent tax offset for R&D projects. R&D expenses are exempt from sales
• A tax credit for high-tech manufacturing businesses to offset 100 percent
of the Business Franchise Tax and 100 percent of the Corporate Net
Income tax for 20 consecutive years
• Low-interest direct business loans from the West Virginia Economic Development
Authority [WVEDA] for business location or expansion projects
• Low-interest financing for qualified public or private entities through the
West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council
• Training solutions to meet your specific needs, including the Governor’s
Guaranteed Work Force Program. The state offers analysis of labor availability,
recruitment, assessment, evaluation and candidate screening based
upon your criteria
“It’s clear that the north-central region
of the state is the Silicon Valley of
America’s biometrics activity.”
President and COO, Northrop Grumman Corporation
A graduate student at WVU demonstrates the use of iris scan technology
Convenient Access to Washington, D.C., and
Major Industrial Centers
West Virginia’s strategic location is within overnight driving distance of half the
U.S. population and about one-third of the Canadian market.
The state’s highway system includes six interstate routes, providing strategic
access to transshipment points by rail, water and air to meet advanced “just-intime”
Many successful companies like Toyota, DuPont, Bayer, Amazon.com and Mylan,
Inc., have already discovered a profitable place to do business, a high quality of
life and a beautiful state.
Today, the expanding West Virginia biometrics market, with its world-class research
capabilities, facilities and resources is unmatched anywhere in the world.
Contact us at 1-800-982-3386 or email@example.com and discover what
West Virginia can do for your biometrics business.
Photos are courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation, West Virginia University, WVU Center
for Identification Technology Research, Bioscrypt Inc., and National Biometric Security
Project and Biometric Services International, LLC.