NIST puts fingerprints to the test

Monday, 19 July 2004, 12:53 PM EST

A wide-ranging study of biometric fingerprint systems recently published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology could finally put to rest nagging doubts about the technology and help boost its use.

The NIST study examined 34 commercially available systems used to match fingerprints and was the most extensive test of the technology ever conducted by a government agency. It used a database of more than 48,000 sets of prints.

"There's always been concern over the accuracy and reliability of the technology," said James Jasinski, executive vice president of Cogent Systems Inc. "This study does validate [fingerprint matching] as a very accurate and reliable biometric."

By Brian Robinson at FCW.

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