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BioCTS for ISO/IEC Biometric Data Interchange Format Standards and Selected PIV Profiles new

March 2014

BioCTS for ISO/IEC includes Conformance Test Suites (CTSs) designed to test implementations of:

  • Biometric Data Interchange Formats
  • Full CBEFF Biometric Information Records (BIRs)
  • Individual Components of the CBEFF BIR

The following is a list of the available test tools and the relevant standards used in their development:

First Generation (1G)
  • ISO/IEC 19794-2:2005
  • ISO/IEC 19794-4:2005
  • ISO/IEC 19794-5:2005
Second Generation (2G)
  • ISO/IEC 19794-2:2011
  • ISO/IEC 19794-4:2011
  • newISO/IEC 19794-5:2011
  • ISO/IEC 19794-6:2011
newPIV Profiles*
  • PIV Profile of ISO/IEC 19794-6:2011 - On Card
  • PIV Profile of ISO/IEC 19794-6:2011 - Off Card
  • PIV Profile of ANSI/INCITS 378:2004
  • PIV Profile of ANSI/INCITS 381:2004

*As specified in NIST SP 800-76-2 Biometric Specifications for Personal Identity Verification, Patrick Grother, Wayne Salamon, Ramaswamy Chandramouli, July 2013

Software Downloads

BioCTS for ISO/IEC contains everything required to test implementations for the supported international biometric standards and selected PIV profiles. The installer allows for custom installation so that only the testing software for the desired biometric standards will be installed. Read the instructions contained in the associated documentation.

Alpha Releases:

The following download is an alpha release of BioCTS for ISO/IEC for XML Encoded Data Formats. This alpha release currently supports only the Conformance Test Suite (CTS) designed to test implementations of a biometric data interchange format for XML encoded finger image data.


The single install file found below contains all components of BioCTS for ISO/IEC and allows for selection of desired components during custom installation.

To see what has changed since the initial release, please review the Changelog.

  • BioCTS for ISO/IEC Install File - (Beta 3.1.4965.22562) August 6, 2013
    • newFeature: Test Output Log Search - A User can now perform textual search of the Text Output Log from within BioCTS for ISO/IEC
    • newFeature:  Batch File, and Individual File Statistics - A User can now get a high-level overview of the types of results, including:  Critical, Error, Warning, Message and Ok; as well as knowing how many transactions passed or failed within batch testing.
  • BioCTS for ISO/IEC Sample Data - August 6, 2013

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Screen Captures

The following screen captures were taken from BioCTS for ISO/IEC. The Options tab, Batch testing, and the Editor are shown in the examples below:

Screen Shot: Options: Selection of the Biometric Data Block format
Options: Selection of the Biometric Data Block (BDB) format

Screen Shot: Batch Testing: Overall results (left panel), Detailed results (right panel)
Batch Testing: Overall results (left panel), Detailed results (right panel)

 Screen Shot: Editor: Format Identifier expanded to show results and data
Editor: Format Identifier expanded to show results and data