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Image Group

We research measurement and evaluation methods and develop standards to advance the use of image-based biometric technologies; current modalities include fingerprint, face, iris, and tattoo.

Biometric technology is integral to the nation and its impact will only increase as needs and capabilities evolve over time. The Image Group develops standards, measurement methods and best practices for biometric technologies. Working closely with government, law enforcement, industry and academia, we promote accuracy and interoperability, while fully supporting the biometrics community.

Our biometric programs focus on supporting the governmentwide effort to increase the collection of superior quality biometrics, ensuring the data collected is shareable between agencies and that biometric systems are accurate, fair, and interoperable. As part of this effort, NIST works with other federal government agencies to develop standards for the national and international level, along with testing and evaluating innovative technology. The three pillars of our work in biometrics are fingerprint, iris and face projects.

New Projects

Slap Fingerprint Segmentation Evaluation III (SlapsegIII) 

Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) 1:N 2018 Evaluation

Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) MORPH

News and Updates



The biometrics community recommended a new, open source, generalized version of NFIQ to be developed in consultation and collaboration with users and industry.

Biometric Evaluation Framework

Biometric Evaluation Framework is a set of C++ classes, error codes, and design patterns used to create a common environment to provide logging, data management

NIST Biometric Image Software (NBIS)

Current Release: NBIS : Release 5.0.0 About The NIST Biometric Image Software (NBIS) distribution is developed by the National Institute of Standards and



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