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NIST announces biometric workshop focused on voice, dental and oral standards


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced it will host a workshop discussing proposed supplements to the biometric data format standard that supports voice recognition, dental and oral data, victim identification and special data needs for mobile ID applications.

This workshop — dubbed the ANSI/NIST-ITL Standard Workshop 2013 — will take place Jan 28-30 at the NIST Gaithesburg, Md., campus.

In 2011, NIST published a revised biometric data transfer standard that greatly expanded the type and amount of information forensic scientists can share across international networks to identify victims and support criminal investigations. Now, working groups will be presenting proposed addition to this previously established standard.

According to the NIST website, a working group on international dental and forensic experts have developed a draft dental and oral biometric data record that would ease identification during disasters, allowing investigators to use dental and oral records to establish identity in case other identifiable parts of a victim’s body are unusable. Additionally, another working group has come up with a draft data record for recognizing voices.

This workshop will also collect information to develop recommended best practices, specifically to establish a standard for identifying victims in disaster situations. An entire day will also be spent considering a special lighter data format for mobile ID systems to reduce the amount of time and information required to speed up data transmission.

Registration for the ASNI/NIST-ITL Standard Workshop 2013 is available on the NIST website and the deadline to register is January 22, 2013.

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