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Morpho fingerprint identification technology leads NIST 1-1 verification


Morpho announced that its fingerprint identification technology saw the highest accuracy rate for 1-1 verification in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) latest Proprietary Fingerprint Template Evaluation (PFT II).

The biometrics technology firm, along with its U.S. subsidiary MorphoTrak, beat out a dozen other vendors in the test, whose results NIST released on March 18.

PFT II is the second phase of an ongoing program that calculates the overall performance of fingerprint matching software in 1-1 verification, which specifically compares two fingerprints to determine that they belong to the same individual.

The 1-1 verification process involves scanning a single finger to gain entry to a secure area. Authorized individuals, whom have a baseline fingerprint stored on the database, are required to scan a matching finger each time they enter the secure zone.

Each vendor’s matching software was assessed under the most rigorous test conditions to date, with a wider range of samples.

Phase II evaluated index fingers, middle fingers, and thumbs, while Phase I compared thumbs and index fingers only.

Additionally, the tests were performed with three different types of impressions — plain vs. plain, plain vs. rolled, and rolled vs. rolled — in four different sizes.

The evaluation comprised of 32 tests in total, with MorphoTrak performing at a 17 percent higher average accuracy rate than the nearest competitor.

The established measurement of accuracy is the False Rejection Rate when the False Acceptance Rate is 0.01 percent.

“The results of the PFT II evaluation clearly demonstrate Morpho’s leadership in the field of biometric identification, and we are pleased to offer the security, identity, and law enforcement communities the assurance that our technology is the right choice for accuracy,” said Celeste Thomasson, president and CEO of MorphoTrak.

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