OASIS Begins New Effort to Define Biometrics Standards for Interoperability

  OASIS Begins New Effort to Define Biometrics Standards for Interoperability

    3M HIS, Booz Allen Hamilton, U.S. National Institute of Standards and
        Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Others
            to Advance Biometrics Use in Distributed Environments

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BOSTON -- March 6, 2013

The OASIS international open standards consortium has launched its new
Biometrics Technical Committee, with support from government agencies,
companies, and universities from around the world. The OASIS Biometrics
Technical Committee will create standards that improve interoperability in
distributed environments, making biometrics more viable within multi-factor

“It’s time for biometrics to be on par with other security technologies, where
interoperability standards are markedly more mature,” said Kevin Mangold of
NIST, chair of the OASIS Biometrics Technical Committee.

An initial contribution to the new OASIS Biometrics Technical Committee will
be the NIST Specification for WS-Biometric Devices (WS-BD), which defines a
REST-based framework for deploying and invoking core synchronous operations
via lightweight Web service protocols for the command and control of biometric
sensors. Other deliverables are expected to be developed as the Committee
members identify requirements for new standards.

The OASIS Committee intends to align its activities with other biometrics
standardization initiatives underway, with the goal of supporting harmonized
vocabularies, avoiding duplication of effort, and promoting interoperability
of biometric data exchange and machine processing.

New members are encouraged to join the OASIS Biometrics Technical Committee at
any time. Archives of the work are accessible to both members and non-members,
and OASIS invites public review and comment on the work.

Support for OASIS Biometrics
3M Cogent
"As an industry leader in biometrics, 3M Cogent is proud to be a founding
member of the OASIS Biometrics Technical Committee. We appreciate the
opportunity to help further the applications for biometrics technologies in
the global information society."
--Matthew Pepe, Business Director, 3M Identity Management

U.S. Department of Defense
"The OASIS Biometrics Technical Committee provides a forum for the Department
of Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency (DFBA) to accelerate the
development of voluntary consensus based biometric standards, in lieu of
government-unique standards, to enhance interoperability between the DoD's
Joint, Interagency, International, and Multinational partners.”
-- John M. Manson, Defense Forensics and Biometrics Agency, Programs Division

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a broad uptake in the use of Web services
across the biometrics industry. NIST is excited to see broad participation in
efforts to standardize these critical system interfaces in an interoperable
-- Ross J. Micheals, PhD, Supervisory Computer Scientist

Additional information
OASIS Biometrics Technical Committee

About OASIS:
OASIS is a not-for-profit, international consortium that drives the
development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global
information society. OASIS promotes industry consensus and produces worldwide
standards for security, privacy, cloud computing, content technologies,
business transactions, energy, emergency management, and other areas. OASIS
open standards offer the potential to lower cost, stimulate innovation, grow
global markets, and protect the right of free choice of technology. OASIS
members broadly represent the marketplace of public and private sector
technology leaders, users, and influencers. The consortium has more than 5,000
participants representing over 600 organizations and individual members in 100


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