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PRNewswire: BioAPI Consortium Releases Reference Implementation

Sep 13, 2000, 21:16 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The BioAPI Consortium today announced the public release of Version 1.0 Beta of the BioAPI Reference Implementation. This follows the publication earlier this year of Version 1.0 of the BioAPI Specification. The BioAPI Specification defines an open system standard application program interface (API) which allows software applications to communicate with a broad range of biometric technologies. The Reference Implementation is the software instantiation of the BioAPI framework. The announcement was made at the Biometric Consortium 2000 Conference hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The Reference Implementation is available royalty-free as open source software. It can be downloaded from the BioAPI website (http://www.bioapi.org) or via the Biometrics Consortium website (http://www.biometrics.org)."

"The BioAPI Framework will allow software applications to be written to access a wide variety of biometric technologies in a uniform manner. Version 1.0 of the Framework Reference Implementation supports Win-32 operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows(R) NT, '95, '98, and Windows 2000. It is designed for easy porting to other operating systems, such as Linux or Unix. Companies contributing resources to develop the Reference Implementation include Intel, SAFLINK, IriScan, and Mytec Technologies Inc."

"Colin Soutar, Chief Technology Officer at Mytec Technologies Inc. and Chair of the BioAPI Reference Implementation Working Group, said that, "The release of the BioAPI Reference Implementation today means that there is now a platform available for the seamless integration of applications and biometric devices. This will serve as a catalyst for the biometrics industry, by providing assurance to customers that the biometrics industry has matured to the point that a standard could not only be defined, but is now implemented."

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