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BEST Network

Research Details

  • Funding Organization : European Commission
  • Funding Programme : FP7 - Coordination and Support Action (CSA) - A.C. MODEL
  • Funding Instrument : ICT Policy Support Programme
  • Duration : 24 months
  • Total Budget : 478,000 EUR
  • ITI Budget : 16,000 EUR
  • Scientific Responsible : Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras


BEST NETWORK (Biometric European STakeholders NETWORK) is a European Thematic Network on Trusted information infrastructures and biometric technologies, based on four pillars: 1) technical, scientific, and industrial excellence; 2) legal analysis and compliance; 3) ethical awareness and sensitivity; 4) public and democratic transparency and scrutiny. The objective of BEST Network is to be instrumental in promoting the uptake of secure, convenient and trustworthy biometrics based ICT solutions for large, medium and small ID management systems. The scope of BEST Network extends beyond security applications of biometrics. While the most visible applications on the market are ‘mandatory’ applications for state security, such as border control and national ID programmes, biometrics may become a technology with which European citizens voluntarily interact daily as an enabling, convenient technology. Among these are applications in e-commerce, e-banking and health monitoring, and also voluntary security applications such as positive identification for fast tracking border control. All of these are expected to have a profound ethical, social, and legal impact on everyday life.


  • European Biometrics Forum Ltd (EBF)
  • Groupe des Ecoles des Telecommunications (GET)
  • Schiphol Nederland B.V. (Schiphol)
  • University of Kent at Canterbury (UNIKENT)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der angewandten Forschung (Fraunhofer)
  • Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (CSSC)
  • European Biometrics Group (EBG)
  • Univeristy of Leeds (UL)
  • Rand Europe Cambridge Ltd (Rand Europe Cambridge)
  • Technische Universitaet Graz (TU Graz)
  • Gjovik University College (GUC)
  • Universiteit Twente (Universiteit Twente)
  • Universita degli Studi Roma TRE (UNIROMA3)
  • Univeresidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)
  • Stichting Katholieke Universiteit Brabant Universiteit Van Tilburg (SKUBUVT)
  • Secunet Security Networks AG. (SECUNET)
  • NPL Management Limited (NPLML)
  • Unabhangiges Landeszentrum Fur Datenschutz (ICPP)
  • Cross Match Technologies G (Cross Match)
  • DAON Ltd (DAON)
  • Sagem Securite S.A. (SGM)
  • Fujitsu Services Limited (Fujitsu)
  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)