27 Apr

Bio-metric data format standards

In developing software for handling bio-metric records, several standard are used for keeping the information.

These are the INCITS 378-2004 and ISO/IEC 19794-2:2005 (finger minutiae), INCITS 381-2004 and ISO/IEC 19794-4:2004 (finger image), and INCITS 385-2004 (face recognition format). The American National Standards were developed in the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS(link is external)) Technical Committee M1 – Biometrics(link is external). The International standards were developed by the ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 37(link is external) committee.

INCITS biometric standards have been adopted for use in various government programs including the Personal Identity Verification of Federal Employees and Contractors program developed by NIST. Their use is specified in NIST Special Publication 800-76-1.