BioAPI Consortium Announces Release Of Final Specification and Reference Implementation

Mar 20, 2001, 00:00 ET from BioAPI Consortium

    MOORESTOWN, N.J., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The BioAPI Consortium today
 announced the release of Version 1.1 of the BioAPI Specification and the
 associated Reference Implementation software.  This represents the "final"
 release, incorporating feedback received since the publication of Version 1.0
 of the Specification in March of last year and the beta version of the
 Reference Implementation released last September.  Both the specification and
 the software are available for download from the Consortium's website
 (http://www.bioapi.org ).
     The BioAPI Specification defines an open system standard application
 program interface (API) that allows software applications to communicate with
 a broad range of biometric technologies in a common way.  The Reference
 Implementation is the software instantiation of the BioAPI framework.  Both
 are available in the public domain.  The Reference Implementation is available
 royalty-free as open source software.
     The BioAPI is the result of several years of collaborative effort of the
 biometrics industry, government, and major information technology vendors.
 The 78 members comprising the BioAPI Consortium cover a broad cross section of
 biometric technology manufacturers, integrators, original equipment
 manufacturers (OEMs), and end users from around the world.
     "Publication of the BioAPI standard represents a major milestone for the
 biometrics industry," said Richard E. Norton, Executive Director of the
 International Biometric Industry Association (IBIA).  "Now, developers have
 all the tools they need to ensure that most biometrics will perform
 effectively on virtually any operating system."
     The BioAPI Specification provides for simple biometric application
 interfaces; standard access methods to biometric functions, algorithms, and
 devices; secured and robust biometric data management and storage; standard
 methods of differentiating biometric data and device types; and support for
 biometric identification in distributed computing environments.
     "We are very excited about the release of Version 1.1," said Mike Brooks,
 Director, Center for Smart Card Solutions, General Services Administration.
 "This is truly a major milestone, which will aid our Common ID endeavors for
 the Federal government.  We believe that these standards will aid in the
 implementation of biometric solutions for critical operating infrastructures."
     As an "open systems" specification, the BioAPI is intended for use across
 a broad spectrum of computing environments to insure cross-platform support.
 This includes the Windows(R) operating system as well as other environments
 such as Linux(TM) or Unix(TM).  Version 1.1 of the Framework Reference
 Implementation supports Win-32 operating systems, such as Microsoft(TM)
 Windows(R) NT, '95, '98, and Windows 2000, and is designed for easy porting to
 other operating systems.  A near term release of a Linux version is planned,
 as well as the development of a conformance test suite.  In the near future, a
 large number of BioAPI-compliant vendor biometric modules and applications are
 expected.
     "The release of BioAPI specification Version 1.1 is an important milestone
 for the biometrics industry, the system developers and the end-users," said
 Fernando Podio, the Project Manager of the Biometrics and Smart Cards project
 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information
 Technology Laboratory (ITL) Convergent Information Systems (CIS) Division, and
 the Co-Chair of the Biometric Consortium.  "Biometric open systems standards
 like BioAPI are helping to accelerate the adoption of biometric-based personal
 authentication in multiple markets and will stimulate the industry's growth.
 We are supporting this effort through NIST's BioAPI Interoperability Test
 Bed."
     The BioAPI supports a wide range of biometric technologies including
 fingerprint imaging, speaker verification, facial recognition, iris scanning,
 dynamic signature, and hand geometry.  It is designed for use in a broad range
 of applications, extending from embedded devices (such as in cell phones) to
 large-scale identification systems (such as national ID systems), as well as
 user authentication applications associated with computer and network access.
     BioAPI is compatible with the recently released Common Biometric Exchange
 File Format (CBEFF), NIST Publication NISTIR 6529, and the soon to be released
 American National Standards Institute ANSI X9.84 standard, Biometric
 Management and Security for the Financial Services Industry(C).
     Additional information about the BioAPI Consortium, the BioAPI
 Specification, and the BioAPI Reference Implementation can be found at
 http://www.bioapi.org .
     BioAPI(TM) is a registered trademark of the BioAPI Consortium.  All other
 brands and products referenced herein are acknowledged to be trademarks or
 registered trademarks of their respective holders.
 
 

SOURCE BioAPI Consortium
    MOORESTOWN, N.J., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The BioAPI Consortium today
 announced the release of Version 1.1 of the BioAPI Specification and the
 associated Reference Implementation software.  This represents the "final"
 release, incorporating feedback received since the publication of Version 1.0
 of the Specification in March of last year and the beta version of the
 Reference Implementation released last September.  Both the specification and
 the software are available for download from the Consortium's website
 (http://www.bioapi.org ).
     The BioAPI Specification defines an open system standard application
 program interface (API) that allows software applications to communicate with
 a broad range of biometric technologies in a common way.  The Reference
 Implementation is the software instantiation of the BioAPI framework.  Both
 are available in the public domain.  The Reference Implementation is available
 royalty-free as open source software.
     The BioAPI is the result of several years of collaborative effort of the
 biometrics industry, government, and major information technology vendors.
 The 78 members comprising the BioAPI Consortium cover a broad cross section of
 biometric technology manufacturers, integrators, original equipment
 manufacturers (OEMs), and end users from around the world.
     "Publication of the BioAPI standard represents a major milestone for the
 biometrics industry," said Richard E. Norton, Executive Director of the
 International Biometric Industry Association (IBIA).  "Now, developers have
 all the tools they need to ensure that most biometrics will perform
 effectively on virtually any operating system."
     The BioAPI Specification provides for simple biometric application
 interfaces; standard access methods to biometric functions, algorithms, and
 devices; secured and robust biometric data management and storage; standard
 methods of differentiating biometric data and device types; and support for
 biometric identification in distributed computing environments.
     "We are very excited about the release of Version 1.1," said Mike Brooks,
 Director, Center for Smart Card Solutions, General Services Administration.
 "This is truly a major milestone, which will aid our Common ID endeavors for
 the Federal government.  We believe that these standards will aid in the
 implementation of biometric solutions for critical operating infrastructures."
     As an "open systems" specification, the BioAPI is intended for use across
 a broad spectrum of computing environments to insure cross-platform support.
 This includes the Windows(R) operating system as well as other environments
 such as Linux(TM) or Unix(TM).  Version 1.1 of the Framework Reference
 Implementation supports Win-32 operating systems, such as Microsoft(TM)
 Windows(R) NT, '95, '98, and Windows 2000, and is designed for easy porting to
 other operating systems.  A near term release of a Linux version is planned,
 as well as the development of a conformance test suite.  In the near future, a
 large number of BioAPI-compliant vendor biometric modules and applications are
 expected.
     "The release of BioAPI specification Version 1.1 is an important milestone
 for the biometrics industry, the system developers and the end-users," said
 Fernando Podio, the Project Manager of the Biometrics and Smart Cards project
 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information
 Technology Laboratory (ITL) Convergent Information Systems (CIS) Division, and
 the Co-Chair of the Biometric Consortium.  "Biometric open systems standards
 like BioAPI are helping to accelerate the adoption of biometric-based personal
 authentication in multiple markets and will stimulate the industry's growth.
 We are supporting this effort through NIST's BioAPI Interoperability Test
 Bed."
     The BioAPI supports a wide range of biometric technologies including
 fingerprint imaging, speaker verification, facial recognition, iris scanning,
 dynamic signature, and hand geometry.  It is designed for use in a broad range
 of applications, extending from embedded devices (such as in cell phones) to
 large-scale identification systems (such as national ID systems), as well as
 user authentication applications associated with computer and network access.
     BioAPI is compatible with the recently released Common Biometric Exchange
 File Format (CBEFF), NIST Publication NISTIR 6529, and the soon to be released
 American National Standards Institute ANSI X9.84 standard, Biometric
 Management and Security for the Financial Services Industry(C).
     Additional information about the BioAPI Consortium, the BioAPI
 Specification, and the BioAPI Reference Implementation can be found at
 http://www.bioapi.org .
     BioAPI(TM) is a registered trademark of the BioAPI Consortium.  All other
 brands and products referenced herein are acknowledged to be trademarks or
 registered trademarks of their respective holders.
 
 SOURCE  BioAPI Consortium