Biometric data interchange formats enables the interoperability of different biometric systems. Plenty of applications and hardware are intended for surveillance, border control, healthcare, boarding pass among others. Given this variety of biometric systems and the rapidly evolution in biometric technology, It exists many suppliers with dissimilar devices relying on minutiae-based, pattern-based or other algorithms.

In anticipation to avoid compliance and interoperability issues between different systems, the ISO experts’ committee alongside the International Electro-technical Committee (IEC) developed a third generation of data interchange format presented in a Common Biometric Format Framework (CCBEF).

With the wide-range of biometric products, the third and brand new framework is addressed to open systems, which requires the use of an interoperable, open standard allowing enrollment and recognition components to be supplied from different manufacturers. While closed system has specific applications, e.g. the physical access control to a datacenter, it can be designed and implemented under proprietary format standards.

Concretely, the establishment of an image-based representation of fingerprint information will not rely on pre-established definitions of minutiae, patterns or other types. It will provide implementers with the flexibility to accommodate images captured from dissimilar devices, varying image sizes, spatial sampling rates and different greyscale depths. Use of the finger image will allow each vendor to implement their own algorithms to determine whether two fingerprint records are from the same finger.

 Said so, the open system allows the same biometric reference to be read by different applications. Applications that are different in nature will therefore require the biometric data to be encoded in one harmonized record format. For instance, the read of trusted travelers’ document by air companies or the use of eGovernment software demand an unique format to be exchanged in different biometric readers.

The international standards for biometric data have just been published and are composed by different parts, it can be seen here in the links:

  • ISO/IEC39794-1, Information technology – Extensible biometric data interchange formats – Part 1: Framework
  • ISO/IEC39794-4, Information technology – Extensible biometric data interchange formats – Part 4: Finger image data
  • ISO/IEC39794-5, Information technology – Extensible biometric data interchange formats – Part 5: Face image data

 The different parts above will cancel and replace the correspondent parts in the ISO/IEC 19794, that define the framework for interoperability biometric data, specially for fingerprint and face images.

The changing will be adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) during this year. It has as a basis the 9303 regulation relative to readable travel documents by biometric machines. Other parts will be added up to the ISO/IEC 39794, notably to specific data as vascular images, iris and whole body capture.

 Accordingly to Patrick Grother, President of ISO/IEC Technical Committee and in charge of ISO/IEC 39794, the released part form the last framework of international regulations, it takes a large horizon covering wide range of questions related to interoperability in the biometrics:

« We understand to elaborate agreed regulations concerning an international scope for different biometric modals, taking into account the range of applications, the nature which is often sensitive to data and the exigencies in regulation. », he explains.

 The parts were developed by a mix committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information Technology sub-committee SC 37, Biometrics, which the secretariat is assure by ANSI, member of ISO in the United States of America. They are available directly from ISO members in your country or at ISO Store

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Idemia communication – Courbevoie – April 10th, 2020

As we all manage the difficult challenges arising from the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic, please be reassured that IDEMIA is continuously monitoring the situation
and is ready to assist whenever needed.
In this document, you will find disinfection and sanitizing recommendations applicable
to the following list of IDEMIA’s devices :

  • FingerPrint Sensors: CBM, MSO1300, MSO1350, MSO300, MSO301,
  •  Optical Livescan Slap and Palm acquisition devices: MTOP, MTOP Slim,
  • Access control and time management biometric terminals: SIGMA Family,
    MorphoAccess VP, MorphoWave Compact, VisionPass
  • Mobile device : MorphoTablet


IDEMIA recommends the following steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 when using
biometric devices. They are based on the information made available by the World
Health Organization (WHO) and other governmental health and safety organizations.
As IDEMIA has not specifically tested these steps on Coronavirus (COVID-19), we can
however not warrant their effectiveness

Use Best Practices for Hand Sanitation of Users

  • Instruct users to thoroughly clean their fingers and hands with an alcohol-based
    rub, or wash with soap and water BEFORE and AFTER touching the device
  • Ensure that the fingers and hands are completely dry before touching the

Use Personal Protective Equipment when Touching the Hands of a User (during
enrollment or verification phase for instance)

  • Follow your local Health Agency protocols for the use of Personal Protective
    Equipment (PPE) when touching the hands of individuals that need to be
  • Review WHO recommendations[1] on the use of PPE for your setting, personnel,
    and activity
  • The WHO may recommend additional PPE (gloves and mask) when interacting
    with individuals exhibiting symptoms suggestive of COVID-19

Cleaning and Disinfecting the Biometric Device itself

  •  First, please note that it is NOT necessary to unplug the device to clean it
  • Thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based rub or wash with soap and
    water BEFORE and AFTER cleaning the biometric device
  •  Always use a new pair of gloves when cleaning the device, and immediately
    dispose of the gloves once finished
  • Regularly clean and disinfect the fingerprint sensor, especially after someone
    exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms touches the device
  • From the US Environmental Protection Agency list[2] of disinfectants for use
    against the Coronavirus, IDEMIA recommends either:

    •  Windex® Multi-Surface Disinfectant or another similar product containing
      L-Lactic acid; or
    •  Hydrogen peroxide : apply the disinfectant to a non-abrasive wipe.
      IDEMIA recommends either:

      • Economizer® Wipers; or
      • 3M Scotch-Brite® High Performance Cloth
    •  Wipe the device surface and leave the surface wet with disinfectant for at
      least 5 minutes


  • Do not apply products containing bleach to the fingerprint sensor. This may
    permanently damage and affect the performance of the device
  •  Do not use abrasive cloths or wipes (e.g., paper towels)
  •  Do not spray liquid directly onto the sensor. Always spray cleaning solution onto a
    non-abrasive cloth, and then use it to wipe the sensor



It was in an unusual and strange context that IDEMIA was pushed to introduce its latest biometric reader for its frictionless access control division, the VisionPass.

Indeed, this new face reader was supposed to be introduced during the international Las Vegas show ISC WEST initially scheduled March 17 -20th. This show was unfortunately postponed next June due to the health crisis of COVID-19  the whole world is currently facing.

That being said, let’s focus on the new benchmark for contactless biometrics market based on facial recognition. The VisionPass aims at replacing the 3D Face Reader, very well known by a lot of users since it was the precursor of facial recognition based on 3D and not 2D as most of the existing readers on the market at the time.

VisionPass brings us to the next level since it is based on a combination of 3D, 2D and infrared facial recognition but above all it is equipped with artificial intelligence just like the MorphoWave Compact, which allows it to achieve very high performance.

It naturally inherits of all the know-how of the world leader in biometrics IDEMIA  with its manufacturing skills and exceptional technical characteristics. Being IP65 (fully protected against dust. Protected against water jets from all directions with the lance) and IK08 (Resistance to an impact of 5 joules. Equivalent to the impact of a mass of 1.7 kg falling from a 3 meters high), it can be easily deployed both  indoor and outdoor and resist all types of environments.

This access control device reflects many qualities, wide angle capture, support face angles and face changes, near-motion 1-second verification whatever the light conditions, up to 40,000 users, high throughput, completely hands-free, anti-fraud systems, etc … and much more.

Do not hesitate to contact Biotime teams for further information about the new VisionPass.

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New partnership between Idemia and Japan Aerospace Corporation (JAC) at Level5 stadium, Fukuoka, Japan. The stadium will do a trial for MorphoWave Compact, the best contactless / frictionless biometric device in the market. With a simple gesture – wave of hand – the biometric terminal can scan 4 fingerprints using an optical technology enhanced by Artificial Intelligence.

Presented in 2019 on a final match of J2 league, the MorphoWave Compact, MWC, caught attention of Japanese authorities and proof of concept took place involving two scenario:

  • Ticketless admissions for pre-registered customers
  • Age verification for drinks and food collection at counter

“Our goal is to enable frictionless access everywhere without compromising security,” said Nobuyoshi Nezu, Managing Director and Vice President of Sales for Idemia Japan in a prepared statement. “IDEMIA has developed MorphoWave Compact, a touchless fingerprint device that enables this, by combining a high level of biometric security with a unique user experience, convenience and speed, which is what environments like a stadium need. We are excited to partner with Japan Aerospace Corporation on this very promising case and look forward to a full rollout of our MorphoWave devices at Level5 Stadium.”

Powered by AI capabilities, the MWC has better performance on matching, storing and responding back a command, by consequence it increases the user experience, so aimed at big-ticket events as sports games.


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IDEMIA received the award of Global Biometrics Company of Year for 2019 promoted by Frost & Sullivan Company. The leader in augmented identity has its positions reaffirmed by one of the biggest agencies for identification, analysis, and monitoring of new emerging technologies and markets. Frost & Sullivans final decision was boosted by IDEMIA’s anti-spoofing capabilities and systems.

The MorphoWave Compact (MWC), the F.CODE smart card, and the OneLook multimodal capture device stood out of Idemia’s range, considered as highlights. The MWC is an access control device that uses contactless biometric technology to scan users’ fingerprints. The solution had last year, 2019, an Artificial Intelligence upgrade, becoming faster and even more precise.

F.CODE Smart Card is another innovative solution, in which there’s a fingerprint sensor built-in. Thus, instead of using PIN code for payment authentication, you’re invited to use your fingerprint. This technology deployed on JCB Cards was awarded twice at Cards and Electronic Payments International Asia (CEPI) Summit. ONELOOK solution is a multimodal biometric device: It can handle both face and iris recognition. The solution passed all NIST testing performed with excellence, also during the Biometric Technology Rally.

“IDEMIA supports its channel partners through the entire sales and product lifecycle,” affirms Ram Ravi, a Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst. “Overall, its industry-leading technology, unrivaled customer support, and next-generation innovations earn IDEMIA an eminent position in the global biometrics market.”

Another great solution exalted by Frost & Sullivan was the Augmented Vision Technology. The monitoring solution is capable to analyze metadata with high accuracy of complex environments. By far, the best surveillance solution. Augmented Vision received the award of Best Practices in the industry.

The awards were handed out by Frost & Sullivan and they are selected by top industry analysts who evaluate the companies based on : Innovation, customer service and overall performance. IDEMIA revealed at the occasion that it will soon be providing a biometric identity for the citizens of Morocco. The company in a partnership with INTERPOL will provide training on document security.