Proprietary Fingerprint Template (PFT) III is a fingerprint technology evaluation exploring the performance and accuracy of proprietary fingerprint templates as used in one-to-one matching. Proprietary templates are a type of file that stores the features of a fingerprint in a way that can only understood by the file's creator. This is contrast to a standardized fingerprint template, which can be understood by any standards-compliant technology, as evaluated by NIST's MINEX Program. Proprietary templates can also be used in one-to-many matching, as evaluated in NIST's FpVTE Program.
- 07 May 2019: A first draft of the PFT III Test Plan (PDF) and API are available for public comment. Please submit comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to start accepting submissions by
mid/late summer (July/August 2019)September/October.
PFT III will be an ongoing evaluation that fits your development schedule (we're ready when you're ready). We are not yet ready for participation, however we are soliciting comments on the Test Plan (PDF) and API.
PFT III is the active, ongoing technology evaluation from NIST in support of one-to-one proprietary template matching. Previously, NIST conducted other one-to-one proprietary fingerprint template evaluations:
- PFT II Evaluation (2010–2019)
- Original PFT Evaluation (2003–2010)