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BioCTS for ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011 Traditional and NIEM XML Encodingnew

March 2014

BioCTS for ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011 (AN-2011) is designed to test AN-2011 transactions for conformance to the AN-2011 standard. Conformance testing is performed for the following selected record types:

  • Type 1, Transaction Information Record
  • Type 4, High-resolution grayscale fingerprint image
  • Type 10, Facial and SMT image
  • Type 13, Variable-resolution latent image
  • Type 14, Variable-resolution fingerprint image
  • Type 15, Palm print image
  • Type 17, Iris image

For transactions that include record types other than those listed above, the presence of the records is reported (including record length), but no conformance testing is performed on these records.

Software Downloads

BioCTS for AN-2011 contains everything required to test implementations of AN-2011. Read the instructions contained in the associated documentation

Current Versions: 

To see what has changed since the initial release, please review the Changelog.

  • BioCTS for AN-2011 Install File - (Beta 1.1.4961.21207) August 1, 2013
    • NEWFeature: Text Output Log Search - A User can now perform textual search of the Text Output Log from within BioCTS for AN-2011
    • newFeature:  Batch File, and Individual File Statistics - A User can now get a high-level overview of the types of results, including: Critical, Error, Warning, Message and Ok; as well as knowing how many transactions passed or failed within batch testing.
  • BioCTS for AN-2011 NIEM XML Modified Schema - August 5, 2013 - To read the rationale behind, and a summary of the modifications, please refer to the BioCTS for AN-2011 NIEM XML User Guide, August 2013, below.
  • AN-2011 Sample data - May 2013
  • new ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011 Formatted Record and Field Extractor - This software was designed to extract biometric and non-biometric data from files that conform to the Traditional data format specified in ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011. The Traditional encoding format was not changed in Update 2013 of the ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011 standard; this tool should be able to extract fields and records from those files as well.  - March 2014

Old Versions:



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Screen Captures

The following screen captures were taken from BioCTS for AN-2011. Batch testing and the Editor are shown in the examples below:

Screen capture from BioCTS for AN-2011. Batch testingBatch Testing: Overall results (left panel), Detailed results (right panel)

Screen capture from BioCTS for AN-2011. Editor TabEditor: All supported record types shown. Arrows allow user to expand results

Screen capture from BioCTS for AN-2011. Expanded Results

Editor With Expanded Results: Field 1.001 (LEN) expanded to show containing data