Morpho fingerprint identification technology has proven the most accurate for 1-1 verification, according to the latest test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Morpho, with its U.S. subsidiary MorphoTrak, led a dozen other biometric technology vendors in the latest Proprietary Fingerprint Template Evaluation (PFT II). NIST released the test results on March 18, 2015.
PFT II is the second phase of an ongoing program to measure the performance of fingerprint matching software in 1-1 verification, which compares two fingerprints to verify that the prints belong to the same individual. Scanning a single finger to gain entry to a secure area is a wide-spread application of 1-1 verification. Authorized individuals have a baseline fingerprint on file, and they must scan a matching finger each time they enter the secure zone.
PFT II assessed the competing software under the most rigorous test conditions to date. Phase I of the evaluation compared thumbs and index fingers only. To test the vendors’ matching software with a wider range of samples, Phase II evaluated index fingers, middle fingers, and thumbs. In addition, the tests were performed with three different types of impressions – plain vs. plain, plain vs. rolled, and rolled vs. rolled – in four different sizes.
In all, 32 tests comprised the evaluation. MorphoTrak’s average accuracy across the tests was 17 percent better than the nearest competitor. The established measurement of accuracy is the False Rejection Rate when the False Acceptance Rate is 0.01 percent, or more technically, FRR@0.01%FAR.
“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.
For additional information about the NIST PFT II evaluation, visit http://www.nist.gov/itl/iad/ig/pftii.cfm.