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NEC’s Fingerprint Identification Technology Ranks First in NIST Testing

NEC announced today that its fingerprint identification technologies ranked first in the Fingerprint Vendor Technology Evaluation (FpVTE 2012 or FpVTE) conducted by the United States’ National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). FpVTE testing was conducted primarily to assess the current capabilities of fingerprint matching algorithms using operational datasets containing several million subjects. There were three classes of participation that examined one-to-many identification using various finger combinations from single finger up to ten fingers. FpVTE 2012 was organized to mimic potential operational requirements, such as application with National ID systems and criminal investigations.

NISTTests were carried out with large-scale fingerprint images collected across a wide range of organizations, such as police departments and government institutions, to conduct accuracy assessments on search, identity confirmation and other tasks. The fingerprint database used in the testing included around 5 million sets of fingerprint data, the largest database in the NIST’s benchmark testing history. NEC achieved top ranking in the 10 finger identification tests, producing the best fingerprint matching results among the 18 companies and organizations that took part in the testing.

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