Citation[edit | edit source]

National Institute of Standards and Technology, American National Standard for Information Systems, Standard Data Format for the Interchange of Fingerprint, Facial, & Scar Mark & Tattoo (SMT) Information (ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2000) (NIST Special Publication 500-245) (Sept. 2000) (full-text).

Overview[edit | edit source]

This standard defines the content, format, and units of measurement for exchange of fingerprint, palm print, facial/mugshot, and SMT full-image information that may be useful in identifying a subject.

The information consists of a variety of mandatory and optional items, including scanning parameters, related descriptive and record data, digitized fingerprint information, and compressed or uncompressed images. This information is intended for interchange among criminal justice administrations or organizations that rely on automated fingerprint and palmprint identification systems or use facial/mugshot or SMT data for identification purposes.

This standard does not define the characteristics of the software that shall be required to format the textual information or to compress and assemble the associated digital fingerprint image information. Typical applications for this software might include, but are not limited to, computer systems associated with a live-scan fingerprinting system, a workstation that is connected to or is part of an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), or an Image Storage and Retrieval system containing fingerprints, facial/mugshot, or SMT images.

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