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 search, as evaluated in NIST's FpVTE Program.
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: