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NIST'S BIOMETRIC DATA FORMAT ENDORSED BY INDUSTRY.

In February 2001, the International Biometric Industry Association (IBIA) launched the Biometric Standards Registry for Common Biometric Exchange File Format (CBEFF) Unique Identifiers to streamline the development of biometric solutions. CBEFF is the biometric data format spearheaded and developed by NIST in cooperation with industry and users. CBEFF describes a set of data elements necessary to support biometric technologies in a common way. It facilitates biometric data interchange between different system components or between systems, promotes interoperability of biometric-based application programs and systems, and facilitates the integration of biometric technologies into networks that support important mass commercial or government applications.

CBEFF is described in detail in NISTIR 6529, Common Biometric Exchange File Format (CBEFF). The development of CBEFF was performed in close coordination with industry consortiums, such as the BioAPI Consortium, and standards technical committees, such as ANSI/ASC X9F4 Working Group. The IBIA registry (www.ibia.org/formats) will greatly facilitate the use of all biometric technologies by those who develop, operate, and administer biometric solutions. CBEFF values in the IBIA Registry uniquely identify the format of a CBEFF-compliant biometric data structure. Detailed information on CBEFF and these identifiers can be found at www.nist.gov/cbeff.

The executive director of IBIA said, "The CBEFF initiative is a milestone for the biometric industry. Two years ago there was no easy way to accommodate multiple biometrics in complex networks. Now, with CBEFF and BioAPI, developers have all the tools needed to ensure interoperability in any environment. At the top of this list will be e-commerce applications that can rely on biometrics to secure both ends of a financial transaction." The chairman of IBIA said, "IBIA is pleased to be the registering entity for the Common Biometric Exchange File Format. The registry is vital to the future of biometrics because it will greatly facilitate the integration of biometric technologies into networks that have important mass commercial applications."
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Title Annotation:National Institute of Standards and Technology
Publication:Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
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Date:May 1, 2001
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