NIST finalizes biometric specification for HSPD-12
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued the final biometric specifications for Federal Information Processing Standard-201.
The specifications come about seven weeks after NIST called for agencies to use minutia as the acceptable way to store fingerprint biometric data on smart cards to meet Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12).
NIST goes on to describe technical acquisition and formatting specifications for biometric credentials of the PIV system, including the PIV card itself.
Vendors can now submit products for testing and certification by NIST and the General Services Administration, GCN reports.
The standard details the procedures and formats for fingerprints and facial images agencies should use on the card. The primary design objective behind these particular specifications is high-performance universal interoperability, NIST says.
NIST also will release the Minutia Exchange Test results in March. Over the past year, NIST has been testing 14 fingerprint matching products to figure out how they conform to INCITS 385 standard. Fingerprint matching systems that pass likely will be recommended to GSA to be put on the approved products list for HSPD-12.