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NIST Unveils Biometric Research Data

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released facial photographs, fingerprints, iris scans and other biometric research data designed for testing systems used to validate an individual’s identity prior to granting access.

“The data will help anyone who is interested in testing the error rates of biometric identification systems,” Greg Fiumara, computer scientist at NIST, said in a statement published Thursday.

The datasets are categorized into three special databases and can be accessed through the NIST website. Two of the databases contain information collected during the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity-funded Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge.

SD 301 is NIST’s first multimodal dataset linking various biometric markers, while SD 302 is a collection of fingerprint data from a few hundred individuals gathered through eight commercial prototype devices. SD 300 is a database of fingerprints collected from 900 old ink cards.

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