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NEC places first in NIST fingerprint matching benchmark test


NEC Corporation announced its fingerprint identification technology has placed first in matching accuracy in the Proprietary Fingerprint Template Test, a benchmark test organized by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that measures the performance of fingerprint matching software by using vendor proprietary fingerprint templates.

The test evaluated various vendor technologies in one-to-one verification matching accuracy against 120,000-subject datasets comprising of a broad range of fingerprint data gathered for official uses.

Ranking in first place, NEC successfully achieved a 99.47% match rate on average. NEC’s noise removal algorithm enabled it to accurately match even the low-quality fingerprints used for the tests, which typically result in matching errors when using other technologies.

“For more than 40 years, NEC has been developing fingerprint identification technologies as one of its key technologies for realizing a safe and secure society and has deployed systems based on these identification technologies in more than 40 countries around the world,” said Hiroshi Suzuki, GM of second government and public solutions division at NEC Corporation. “The same technology used for these tests has been applied to NEC’s Hybrid Finger Identification Products, a solution that combines fingerprint and finger vein identification, to provide even higher accuracy matching in order to further enhance security for government agencies and enterprises.”

NEC said it will continue to provide fingerprint identification technology and promote the global sales and development of products and services based on advanced biometric technologies.

Last month, NEC’s face recognition technology was ranked the highest in performance in NIST’s Face Recognition Vendor Test 2014.

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