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Studies of One-to-One Fingerprint Matching With Vendor SDK Matchers



Craig I. Watson, Charles L. Wilson, Karen Marshall, Michael D. Indovina, Robert D. Snelick


NIST has conducted testing of one-to-one SDK (Software Development Kit) based COTS fingerprint matching systems to evaluate the accuracy of one-to-one matching used in the US-VISIT program. Fingerprint matching systems from eight vendors not used in US-VISIT were also evaluated to insure that the accuracy of the matcher tested was comparable to the most accurate available COTS products. The SDK based matching application was tested on 12 different single finger data sets of varying difficulty. The average true accept rate (TAR) at a false accept rate (FAR) of 0.01% was better than 98% for the two most accurate systems while the worst TAR at a FAR of 0.01% was greater than 94%. The data sets used and the ranking of the systems are discussed in detail in the report.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7221
Report Number


fingerprint accuracy, fingerprint matching, SDK testing


Watson, C. , Wilson, C. , Marshall, K. , Indovina, M. and Snelick, R. (2004), Studies of One-to-One Fingerprint Matching With Vendor SDK Matchers, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created June 24, 2004, Updated February 19, 2017