NEC Takes First Place in NIST’s Proprietary Fingerprint Template Test

NEC Corporation of America is no stranger to the upper echelons of performance testing. Just over a  month ago the company announced that its facial recognition algorithm scored first place in a performance test conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Today, NEC announced that its fingerprint biometric technology has topped another NIST test: the Proprietary Fingerprint Template Test.

Fingerprint Biometrics

NEC’s fingerprint technology scored a 99.7 percent match rate during the test, placing it in first place by a margin of 20.2% and 21.8% on average in one finger and two finger configurations respectively.

Part of an ongoing NIST program, The Proprietary Fingerprint Template Test, or PFT II, is meant to measure the performance of fingerprint matching software. According to the Institute, the evaluation is intended to assess the core algorithmic capability of a tested technology to perform one-to-one matching. The test uses a sample dataset of 120,000 and a uniform hardware and operating system environment.

NEC’s fingerprint technology scored a 99.7 percent match rate during the test, placing it in first place by a margin of 20.2% and 21.8% on average in one finger and two finger configurations respectively. The company attributes its success to NEC’s enhanced noise removal algorithm. It is thanks to this noise removal that the company’s fingerprint matching software could positively identify low quality samples.

The company has stated that, in an aim to build a safe and secure society, NEC will continue to pursue the improvement of its fingerprint technology.

NEC Corporation of America is a company that offers multiple biometric modalities for a wide variety of applications.

Recently, FindBiometrics reported that the Leicestershire Police Force in the UK is trying out NEC’s NeoFace, which can compare digital images with photo’s from the department’s database. Using data from close circuit television systems and police body cameras, the solution compares dozens of key facial measurements with images in the database and providing initial results in seconds. Leicestershire Police has been evaluating the biometric software for only a couple of months at this point and reports that approximately 200 suspects have been put through the system.

August 21, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter