Open source repository of biometrics information,
code and tests
The biometrics business is rapidly maturing. This is seen
especially by the fact that vendors of biometric products are
no longer able to credibly claim: "a drop of our medicine
makes the security bugs go away."
Instead, companies need to show how their piece fits as a part
of the multifaceted security solution.
Specifically, this means that it sould be possible to
identify which security attacks are impeded by the
biometric technology, and to what extent.
One excellent trend is the is the publication of the results well run and
credible biometrics test programs.
For example, the
Face Recognition Vendor Test
Fingerprint Verification Competition
provide important information about the respective
One important hinderance is the lack of easy test
code that will allow biometrics users to verify
implementations and test its function.
The vision for biometrics.sf.net is
to be a repository for information, tests and
code to allow sharing of this knowledge.
papers are being published on all aspects of biometric
algorithms. However, it is extremely hard to compare
algorithms, since very few algorithms are made
The following types of code are welcome on
- Testing and verification of biometric results
e.g. code to calculate FAR, FRR, EER, penetration rate, etc.
- API interfaces
BioAPI interfaces in various languages
A proper web interface in the BioAPI style
- Vendor bug lists and workarounds
- Open source implementations for biometric algs
Eigenface (there is a good, free NIST implementation)
- Security alerts and test code
Under what license is information here published?
Each contributor may choose the license which best
suits their purposes. However it must be a free
licence, as defined by
Licence information should be clearly marked in
each contributed file, normally in the comments
in the header. The recommended licence for
code contributed to biometrics.sf.net is the
Can code made available here be incorporated
into a commercial product?
In general, the answer is yes. However, it depends
how the commercial product is to be licenced.
Code licenced under the GPL can be incorporated into
any commercial product which is also GPL.
However, if the requirements of the GPL (providing
source and GPL rights to customers) is too
onerous, it may be possible to contact the
copyright owner and pay her/him to
issue the code under a different licence.
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