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Advances in Biometric Standardisation – Addressing Global Market Requirements for Biometric Standards



Fernando L. Podio


The paper discusses the current status of biometric standards development activities, with a focus on international standards developments. Published standards, as well as standards under development or planned for the near future, are addressed. The work of Joint Technical Committee 1 of ISO and IEC Subcommittee 37 - Biometrics who is responsible for the development of a large portfolio of biometric standards in support of interoperability and data interchange is addressed. The work of two other JTC 1 Subcommittees, SC 17 Cards and personal identification and SC 27 - IT Security techniques who are also developing biometric standards within their scope of work is discussed. In many cases, the development of biometric standards impacts other standards developments including token-based, security and telecommunication standards. Specific examples of this impact are provided. Standards activities performed in standards development bodies outside of ISO/IEC JTC 1 are also addressed. They include the work of ISO Technical Committee 68 – Financial Services – SC 2 – Security, and the International Telecommunication Union - Study Group 17- Security. Due to the large international impact and adoption, the development of the ANSI/NIST-ITL standards led by the Information Technology Laboratory of NIST is also addressed. Although a detailed discussion on biometric standards adoption is beyond the scope of this paper, a few examples of global and national biometric standards adoption for verification and identification applications are discussed.
International Journal of Biometrics (IJBM)


Biometric Data Interchange Formats, Biometric Technical Interfaces, Biometric Performance Measurements, Biometric Standards, Biometric Interoperability, Biometrics, Personal Identification, Personal Verification, Security Standards, Tele-Biometrics, Token-Based Standards.


Podio, F. (2013), Advances in Biometric Standardisation – Addressing Global Market Requirements for Biometric Standards, International Journal of Biometrics (IJBM), [online], (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created January 1, 2013, Updated November 10, 2018