Fingerprint Sample Quality Workshop

June, 15 – 16, 2021

Location: online

When dealing with operational systems, the quality of biometric samples plays an important role to ensure the usability of the collected data in reference databases. Over the years the biometric community established a common sense about the need of biometric quality assessment. This is also reflected in the standardization work of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37 and the biometric sample quality standards of ISO/IEC 29794.


With the assessment of fingerprint images, the community created now a standardized biometric qualifier for plain impressions captured using optical sensors (i.e. Total Internal Reflection – TIR) and inked fingerprint images, called NFIQ2. Over the last two years NFIQ2.1 has evolved as OpenSource in GitHub and is now available for many different platforms. NIST has verified quality feature stability over various operating systems with more than 2 million fingerprints. Further a new command line interface is provided. In addition, a new compliance test was developed representing quality scores in the range of 0 to 100. The NFIQ2.0 NIST Interagency Report (IR) will be published soon.

But NFIQ2 is not just an OpenSource algorithm, rather it also implements a common approach to implement biometric sample quality assessment for further sensor types.

We are proud to announce that the European Association for Biometrics (EAB) together with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA),the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37 working group 3, and Hochschule Darmstadt is about to update for the latest development on NFIQ2.1 and to organise a workshop on June 15 and June 16, 2021.

Visit the EAB website for more information and registration.

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