NIST Workshop Focuses on Exchange of Biometric Info

“America’s Most Wanted” meets Web 2.0 as researchers develop an additional implementation of a data format that allows disparate law enforcement agencies to exchange fingerprints and other biometric information by using XML, or “Extensible Markup Language,” a protocol which allows data to be exchanged easily across different computer platforms and mobile devices.

On Sept. 18 and 19, 2007, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will co-sponsor a workshop in Gaithersburg, Md. On the first day, participants will discuss an XML version of a NIST standard that enables the interchange of fingerprints, palmprints, mugshots, tattoos, irises and other biometric sample information in accordance with the Data Format for the Interchange of Fingerprint, Facial and Other Biometric Information standard. The second day will be devoted to developing procedures and approaces for capturing biometric images and other information using mobile identification devices (Mobile ID.)

Issues associated with improving interoperability, or compatibility, between federal, state, local and international users of fingerprint and other biometric identification systems will be addressed on both days.

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