NIST MINEX III – first to succeed fingerprint technology company

Innovatrics achieved one of the best test results in accuracy and interoperability out of all submissions

Overall, Innovatrics became the first fingerprint technology company worldwide to successfully pass the NIST MINEX III continuing test.

What has Innovatrics achieved?

As published by NIST on the 12th of November 2015, Innovatrics become the first vendor to achieve full PIV compliance in MINEX III while also ranking first in most of the main accuracy and interoperability criteria. The Innovatrics template generator is one of the most accurate out of all vendors in both the pooled 2 finger and native 1 finger rankings. The Innovatrics template matcher performed the best in the native 1 finger ranking where it placed first among all submissions.

Results September, 2016

NIST MINEX III September 2016
NIST MINEX III September 2016

What is NIST MINEX III?

The Minutiae Interoperability Exchange (MINEX) III benchmark is organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and ranks among the most relevant tests in the industry. NIST is an internationally recognized institution whose benchmarks help define the requirements on biometric technology projects for governments, organizations and private companies.
As part of the ongoing INCITS 378 fingerprint template evaluation MINEX III compares the accuracy and interoperability of fingerprint template generators and matchers. It also establishes their compliance with US Government’s Personal Identity Verification (PIV) program.

Why do vendors seek PIV compliance?

Compliance with the PIV program is often a mandatory requirement for worldwide public and private tenders that require fingerprint technology. US Government mandates the use of only fingerprint template generators and matchers which comply with the PIV program as it guarantees security and interoperability. NIST defines 2 levels of accuracy specifications within the PIV program and vendors only achieve full compliance if they satisfy all requirements for both Level 1 and Level 2 PIV compliance.

How is the testing done?

MINEX III will supersede the widely established Ongoing MINEX test putting into place a more technical set of criteria necessary to achieve full PIV compliance. Compared to previous tests, MINEX III is tested on a significantly larger dataset that generates 2 million single finger templates and performs around 3 million single-finger matching operations per submission.

For more information about MINEX III and detailed test results visit: http://www.nist.gov/itl/iad/ig/minexiii.cfm

At Innovatrics, we are very proud to have been the first company to pass the MINEX III testing criteria. Achieving the top positions in both interoperability and the native accuracy ranking shows our dedication to innovation and clearly demonstrates the outstanding quality of Innovatrics technology.

Jan Lunter, CTO, Innovatrics

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