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Face Recogntion Vendor Test (FRVT) 2000

The FRVT 2000, was directed and executed by NAVSEA Dahlgren, designed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and administered by NAVSEA Crane.

At the conclusion of the FERET Program in 1997, face recognition technology was primarily found in prototype systems in universities and research labs. By 2000, systems were available on the commercial market. FRVT 2000 evaluated the capabilities of these commercial systems.

The FRVT 2000 test design was based on the FERET evaluations and the evaluation methodology philosophy articulated by Dr. Phillips. This philosophy is outlined in An Introduction to Evaluating Biometric Systems .

FRVT 2000 consisted of two components: the Recognition Performance Test and the Product Usability Test. The Recognition Performance Test was a technology evaluation. The goal of the Recognition Performance Test was to compare competing techniques for performing facial recognition. All systems were tested on a standardized database. The standard database ensured all systems were evaluated using the same images, which allowed for comparison of the core face recognition technology. The product usability test examined system properties for performing access control.


  • Banque-Tec International Pty Limited
  • C-Vis Computer Vision und Automation GmbH
  • eTrue (formerly Miros)
  • Lau Technologies
  • Visionics Corporation

FRVT Links

FRVT Documents
FRVT 2006
FRVT 2002

Created December 2, 2010, Updated June 2, 2021