- ANSI-American National Standards Institute
- ANSI/NIST-ITL Standard Homepage
- Biometric Consortium
- INCITS - International Committee for Information Technology Standards
- INCITS M1 – Biometrics
- ISO – International Organization for Standardization
- IEC – International Elecrotechnical Commission
- JTC 1/SC 37
Beta Implementation V1.1
This document provides a brief background on ongoing efforts in NIST/ITL/CSD in support of organizations implementing or planning to implement biometric-based personal recognition systems. It discusses CBEFF biometric data structures, elements of the conformance testing process and the CBEFF PFA CTS implementation. Planned future work is also discussed.
Overview (153 KB)
The objective of this document is to get the CTS operator familiarized with key features of the CTS in a short time. The User Guide, which is a separate document, provides detailed descriptions of the CTS and its operating procedures. The Quick Start Guide provides the step-by-step procedure on how to test binary files and how to test and edit a Manifest which is a file that defines the format to which the binary file(s) must conform.
CTS Quick Start Guide (216 KB)
This document contains computer requirements, installation instructions, concepts of conformance testing and detailed CBEFF Patron Format A Conformance Test Suite (CTS) operation instructions.
CTS User Guide (1,664 KB)
DISCLAIMER FOR NIST/ITL Conformance Test Suite for Patron Format A Data Structures Specified in ANSI INCITS 398-2008, Common Biometric Exchange Formats Framework (CBEFF)
Beta Implementation V1.1 -- August 21, 2008
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The CTS User Guide provides computer requirements and CTS installation (and removal). Includes information on sample data provided with the CTS implementation and the default location of log and reports files.
The CTS has been tested with these operating systems:
§ Microsoft Windows® XP Professional Edition
§ Microsoft Windows® Vista Ultimate
By downloading NIST/ITL CTS for CBEFF PFA, I acknowledge review of the computer requirements and User Guide and acceptance of the terms of the NIST Disclaimer. For installation instructions please refer to the User Guide.
Download CTS Installation (22,055 KB)