BS ISO/IEC 19794-2:2011+A2:2015 Information technology. Biometric data interchange formats. Finger minutiae data

BS ISO/IEC 19794-2:2011+A2:2015

Information technology. Biometric data interchange formats. Finger minutiae data

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : January 2012



What is this standard about? 

This is the second part in a series of standards on formats for the exchange of biometric data. It defines requirements relating to the digital record of features that can be identified and extracted from a digitized fingerprint.

Who is this standard for? 

  1. Producers and suppliers of biometric data devices and associated software
  2. Users of biometric data interchange formats - the BS ISO/IEC 19794 series standards apply to all identity management systems including:
    • Identity document delivery and access management systems – such as border controls, corporate identity and access cards 
    • Prison access/egress o forensic identification – to identify casualties or suspects at the scene of a crime 
    • Citizens' rights – including voting, national health, unemployment benefits, driving licences 
    • Privileges associated with a particular employment category – including access to highly secure areas such as ports, airports, military establishments, company buildings, information systems 
    • Access to services – including banking services, financial services and online purchases.
  3. Conformance and testing organizations associated with biometric data

Why should you use this standard? 

The BS ISO/IEC 19794 series will be useful in access control and identification systems such as those based on smart cards or other recognition tools, and also applies to the storage of biometric identification data in corporate databases.

BS ISO/IEC 19794-2 defines a biometric data block format that contains a digital record of the features that can be identified and extracted from a digitized fingerprint. It specifies how the minutiae are to be identified, and their relative positions recorded, but most importantly the data structure (the biometric data block format) to be used to record this information.

BS ISO/IEC 19794-2 has two main formats. The first provides rapid and easy matching, the second is a more compressed format that is more suitable where the biometric data block is stored on a smart card.

What’s changed since the last update?

  • This is an amended standard which has been updated by experts to bring it in line with industry developments and greater international harmonization
  • A new Clause 7 has been added to describe the finger minutiae format types 
  • All annexes have been technically revised

Standard NumberBS ISO/IEC 19794-2:2011+A2:2015
TitleInformation technology. Biometric data interchange formats. Finger minutiae data
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 January 2012
Confirm Date13 November 2017
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)ISO/IEC 19794-1:2011, ISO/IEC 7816-11:2004, ISO/IEC 19785-3:2007
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO/IEC 19794-4, ISO/IEC 8825-1, ISO/IEC 24787, ISO/IEC 7816-4:2005, ANSI/NIST ITL 1:2000, ISO/IEC 29794-1, ISO/IEC 7816-6:2004, ISO 12233:2000
International RelationshipsISO/IEC 19794-2:2011,ISO/IEC 19794-2:2011/AMD 2:201
Amended ByAmendment, January 2016; Amendment, January 2014
Draft Superseded By09/30175552 DC14/30260875 DC
DescriptorsInformation exchange, Fingerprinting, Data representation, Human body, Data processing, Fingers, Biometrics, Identification methods
Title in FrenchTechnologies de l'information. Formats d'échange de données biométriques. Données du point caractéristique du doigt
Title in GermanInformationstechnik. Biometrische Datenaustauschformate. Austauschformat basierend auf Finger-Minutien
ISBN978 0 580 78504 7
File Size5.634 MB

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