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Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) for the Evaluation of Latent Fingerprint Technologies (ELFT)



Vladimir N. Dvornychenko, Brian J. Cochran, Patrick J. Grother, Michael D. Indovina, Craig I. Watson


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is conducting a series of tests for evaluating the state of the art in Automated Latent Fingerprint matching. The intent of the testing is to quantify the core algorithmic capability of contemporary matches. The testing will be conducted using software-only implementations, and utilizing NIST hardware. The umbrella project for the series of tests has been named Evaluation of Latent Fingerprint Technologies (ELFT). The scope and structure of these tests are based partly upon lessons learned from the April 2006 NIST Latent Fingerprint Testing Workshop, supplemented by technical interchanges with workshop participants and vendors. The initial round of tests was initiated in April 2007, and is ongoing. The principal objective of this report is to provide a "snapshot" of the analysis and planning that went into ELFT. The report is not intended to provide any test results, nor any conclusions derived from the actual testing. These will be presented in subsequent reports.
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Dvornychenko, V. , Cochran, B. , Grother, P. , Indovina, M. and Watson, C. (2007), Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) for the Evaluation of Latent Fingerprint Technologies (ELFT), NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created June 12, 2007, Updated February 19, 2017