INCITS Announces the Approval of Five Biometric Data Interchange Format Standards

WASHINGTON, DC - The InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) announced that five data interchange format standards developed by INCITS Technical Committee M1 - Biometrics have been approved as American National Standards Institute (ANSI) INCITS standards.


The recently approved standards are the first in a series of biometric standards under development in INCITS M1 which includes standards for biometric data interchange formats, common biometric file formats, biometric application program interfaces, biometric application profiles, biometric performance testing and reporting, and biometric conformance testing methodologies.


These standards are designated as:


  • ANSI INCITS 377-2004, American National Standard for Information Technology - Finger Pattern Data Interchange Format


    The finger pattern data interchange format standard, ANSI INCITS 377, describes the conversion of a raw fingerprint image to a cropped and down- sampled finger pattern followed by the cellular representation of the finger pattern image to create the finger-pattern interchange data.


  • ANSI INCITS 378-2004, American National Standard for Information Technology - Finger Minutiae Format for Data Interchange


    The finger minutiae format for data interchange standard, ANSI INCITS 378, defines the placement of the minutiae on a fingerprint, a record format for containing the minutiae data, and optional extensions for ridge count and core/delta information.


  • ANSI INCITS 379-2004, American National Standard for Information Technology - Iris Image Interchange Format


    The two alternative image interchange formats specified in ANSI INCITS 379 include a rectilinear image storage format that may be a raw, uncompressed array of intensity values or a compressed format and a second format based on a polar image specification. The polar image may also be raw or compressed format. INCITS is sponsored by the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a trade association representing the leading />U.S. providers of information technology products and services.


  • ANSI INCITS 381-2004, American National Standard for Information Technology - Finger Image Based Interchange Format


    The interchange format for the exchange of image-based fingerprint and palm print recognition data specified in ANSI INCITS 381 defines the content, format, and units of measurement for such information. This standard is intended for those identification and verification applications that require the use of raw or processed image data containing detailed pixel information.

  • ANSI INCITS 385-2004, American National Standard for Information Technology - Face Recognition Format for Data Interchange


    The photographic properties (environment, subject pose, focus, etc.) specified in ANSI INCITS 385-2004 support relevant application of this technology including human examination and computer automated face recognition.


    These standards can be purchased through the INCITS Web site http://www.incits.org/ .

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