PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M
Cogent’s latent fingerprint searching algorithm technology achieved
the highest accuracy score in the Image and Extended Feature (LE) subset
of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) latest
Evaluation of Latent Fingerprint Technologies: Extended Feature Sets
(ELFT-EFS Evaluation #2), as published in table 10B of the report.
is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of
Commerce that works to advance measurement science, standards and
technology, often in close collaboration with industry. This report
summarizes results of a latent matching capability test, a significant
and critical tool used in protecting national security and public
safety—which is widely deployed globally, and instrumental in the
identification of terrorists and criminals.
The evaluation involved latents, which are non-visible fingerprints
found on a surface and processed into a viewable image. These images are
then used for matching against fingerprints in a database. NIST’s
ELFT-EFS testing program evaluates the accuracy of latent matching by
using features within the fingerprint marked by experienced professional
latent fingerprint examiners. The test assesses the accuracy of latent
feature-based matching technology, comparing searches using images alone
with searches using different feature sets.
“3M Cogent’s state-of-the-art algorithm is a result of 20 years of
dedicated, applied technical research and development. We strive to push
the accuracy and speed performance of our fingerprint identification
technology,” stated Matt Pepe, chief operating officer of 3M Cogent,
Inc. “The study also demonstrated that our algorithm has the most
matching candidates ranked in the number one position. This is a key
factor in improving productivity for our users and providing a scalable
system over time in terms of accuracy.”
3M Cogent brings fingerprint algorithm technology and performance to
mission-critical identification systems around the world. The algorithm
used for the ELFT-EFS is now available as a system upgrade option for
law enforcement customers.
For more information on NIST Evaluation of Latent Fingerprint
Technologies: Extended Feature Sets, visit http://www.nist.gov/itl/iad/ig/elft-efs.cfm.
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