Mentalix J2K API Toolkit certified by FBI for NIST 1000 ppi compression standard

Texas-based Mentalix has announced that its J2K API Toolkit has been certified by the FBI as meeting the compression accuracy requirements of NIST Special Publication 500-300, a certification process for compliance with the JPEG 2000 Codec, which demonstrates its effectiveness in compressing images for high-resolution fingerprint capture.

The JPEG 2000 Codec is the industry standard for 1000 ppi compression, which fingerprint capture is transitioning to from 500 ppi compression, according to the announcement.

Previous to NIST Special Publication 500-300, certification was only available through self-testing and self-reporting. The new NIST JPEG certification ensures conformance with the parameters recommended in NIST Special Publication 500-289 for JOEG 2000 compression in an operational environment. It includes compression in “lossy” 10:1 and lossless modes, promising improved confidence in the security and accuracy of forensic fingerprint comparisons, and Mentalix is one of its earliest adopters, the company says.

“Accountability is absolutely crucial when it comes to biometrics,” said Mentalix Chief Technology Officer Dale Remmers, “and it’s something we take very seriously. We’re not just invested in our products, we’re invested in the people who use them. Their success is crucial to ours. If there is a higher standard, we owe it to each user to meet that standard.”

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