In the lead up to the biggest sporting event in 2012, London Olympics 2012 officials are on a worldwide scramble to collect the biometric data of all overseas athletes involved. Reported in The Independent, this year's Olympics will see over 10,000 athletes gather in London to compete to see who can fulfill that hallowed Olympic motto of faster, higher, and stronger. While the event is set to be a sporting spectacle, in this day and age, it also is set to be a security nightmare for the officials involved. According to the article,"The security crackdown applies to all foreign nationals regardless of whether they are entitled to a visa waiver – including those from the US. ".
Therefore, the officials are turning to biometrics to provide them an added layer of security for the most-anticipated sporting event of the year.
Currently, there are British customs officials at visa offices around the world who are executing the unenviable task of collecting the data needed for the project. They will also visit various sporting events around the world to collect the biometric data to collect as much data as possible. The massive undertaking also includes developing the necessary infrastructure needed to facilitate the scanning of biometric information.