Standards Compliance

Meeting industry-established performance standards

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Organizations like ISO and ANSI publish inter-industry standards for biometric data interchange and interfaces. These specifications guarantee both interoperability and a certain strength of function. At NEXT, we value the work of standardization bodies and adhere to standards whenever possible and applicable.

Standardized data formats such as fingerprint image data (ISO/IEC 19794-4) or finger minutia data (ISO/IEC 19794-2) enable system integrators to create solutions that are sensor and technology agnostic. Rather than being tied to a proprietary single vendor product, almost any component in the value chain becomes replaceable. Manufacturers adhering to standards therefore need to constantly improve and keep offering competitive products and services.

Government programs typically mandate standards compliance while an increasing number of civil application profiles also demands compatible products seeing all the benefits.

Another aspect of industry standards is consumer satisfaction. Vendor claims to certain features on datasheets such as error rates cannot always be trusted. In turn, a fingerprint algorithm that passed the stringent MINEX test carried out by NIST will always be a safe choice when combined with a quality sensor.

Experts agree that fingerprint sensor size is a critical characteristic for biometric performance and a presupposition to reliable every day operation. This is again reflected in industry standards by NIST and ISO. The PIV standard for identification of US government employees requires a minimum active area of 12.8 mm by 16.5 mm (=211mm²) and the Biometric System-on-Card standard (ISO/IEC 17839-2) specifies a minimum area of 169 mm².

In a networked, open and competitive world, standards and interoperability is key to ensure cost efficiency and supply chain security. NEXT Biometrics is a an active contributor in the efforts to create such long term sustainable standards.

 

 

Meeting all critical requirements
Standards compliance is key to long term, large scale implementations within Governmental and payment industry applications