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Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation (FpVTE) 2003

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The results of FpVTE are based on (1-to-Many) fingerprint matching technologies and capabilities from 2003 so they are very dated and should only be used accordingly. For results on more recent (1-to-1) fingerprint matching technology capabilities, readers should refer to results posted on the Proprietary Fingerprint Template (PFT) testing website. More recent (1-to-1) fingerprint matching technology capabilities using the exchange of standard minutiae templates are posted on the Ongoing Minutiae Exchange (MINEX) website.

  • Final Report (NISTIR 7123):
  • The Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation (FpVTE) 2003 is an independently administered technology evaluation of fingerprint matching, identification, and verification systems. FpVTE 2003 is being conducted by the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) on behalf of the Justice Management Division (JMD) of the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • FpVTE was designed to assess the capability of fingerprint systems to meet requirements for both large-scale and small-scale real world applications. FpVTE 2003 consists of multiple tests performed with combinations of fingers (e.g., single fingers, two index fingers, four to ten fingers) and different types and qualities of operational fingerprints (e.g., flat livescan images from visa applicants, multi-finger slap livescan images from present-day booking or background check systems, or rolled and flat inked fingerprints from legacy criminal databases).
  • FpVTE 2003 will serve as part of NIST's statutory mandate under section 403c of the USA PATRIOT Act to certify those biometric technologies that may be used in U.S. VISIT (U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indication Technology, formerly known as the US entry-exit system). In addition, FpVTE results may form the basis for the design and acquisition of other large-scale fingerprint identification systems.
  • FpVTE 2003 evaluations were conducted at the NIST facilities at Gaithersburg, MD, from October 2003 through November 2003.
  • Small, Medium, and Large-Scale Tests (SST, MST and LST) were conducted using systems provided by 18 Participants:
    • 123 ID, Inc. (MST, LST)
    • Antheus Technology, Inc. (MST, LST)
    • Av@lon Systems Inc. (MST)
    • BioLink Technologies International, Inc. (MST, LST)
    • Bioscrypt, Inc. (SST)
    • Cogent Systems, Inc. (SST, MST, LST)
    • Dermalog Identification Systems GmbH (MST, LST)
    • Golden Finger Systems (MST, LST)
    • Griaule Tecnologia (LST)
    • Identix, Inc. (MST, LST)
    • NEC (MST, LST)
    • Neurotechnologija Ltd. (MST)
    • The Phoenix Group, Inc. (MST)
    • Motorola (MST, LST)
    • Raytheon Company (MST, LST)
    • Technoimagia Co., Ltd. (MST)
    • Ultra-Scan Corporation (MST)
  • FpVTE 2003 analysis and methodologies were built in part on the multi-agency Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) 2002


•Justice Management Division, US Department of Justice, IDENT/IAFIS Project
•National Institute of Standards and Technology
•Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
•Federal Bureau of Investigation
•U.S. Department of State
•U.S. VISIT Program


•European Commission Services
•Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Justice
•Royal Canadian Mounted Police
•U.K. Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO)
•U.S. Department of Homeland Security
•U.S. Department of Justice



Created April 12, 2010, Updated June 2, 2021