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July 15, 2015: Draft of Mobile ID Best Practices Version 2

A draft of Mobile ID Best Practices Recommendations Version 2 is now available.

The Mobile ID Best Practices Recommendations Kickoff Meeting was held on October 30, 2014 to discuss changes for creating a new and updated version of the Mobile ID BPR.

Here are the agenda and presentations for the meeting, along with the action items that came out of the meeting.

A copy of the draft for Mobile ID BPR Version 2.0 to can be downloaded here.

Note that ISO/IEC SC37 has been developing a document entitled "Biometrics used with mobile devices".

It is available at ; &objAction=Open&viewType=1

ISO/IEC SC37 is also preparing a document "Code of practice for the implementation of a biometric system" ;The draft is available at &objaction=ndocslist

This may provide useful information for the BPR update, and should be referenced in the text of it.

NIST is pleased to announce the release of NISTIR 7950: Examination of the Impact of Fingerprint Spatial Area Loss on Matcher Performance in Various Mobile Identification Scenarios.

In 2013 NIST conducted a study of the FBI Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC) system using various gallery and Mobile ID acquisition profile combinations to examine performance characteristics of the various profiles in terms of matching effectiveness and throughput. RISC is intended for use primarily by personnel in the field operating portable or mobile devices that collect either fewer fingerprints than are traditionally captured in a fingerprint booking environment, and/or smaller fingerprint impressions than traditionally collected. The results of this study can be found at "NISTIR 7950: Examination of the Impact of Fingerprint Spatial Area Loss on Matcher Performance in Various Mobile Identification Scenarios".

NIST is pleased to announce the release of Special Publication 500-280: Mobile ID Device Best Practices Recommendation Version 1.0.

The special publication is a culmination of over 2 years of effort by various stakeholders that included federal agencies, state and local governments, private sector entities and academic researchers forming the Mobile ID ad-hoc work group.

This best practices recommendation provides guidance and operational requirements for Mobile ID devices that can be used for enrollment, identification, and verification functions. It also provides sample sets of use-cases categorized according to severity and risk to public safety with suggested capture application profiles based on that categorization. In addition to this, the best practices recommendation contains guidelines to promote interoperability of such devices with each other as well as legacy systems.

This document is available for download via the link provided below.

[Download Mobile ID Device BPR Version 1.0]

We would like to thank all the members of the Mobile ID ad-hoc working group for their hard work and contributions to this effort.


Shahram Orandi R. Michael McCabe

The Mobile ID Work Group is open to all interested parties. If you would like to join or have any questions, please email the Mobile ID WG Chair Mike McCabe or the NIST contact Shahram Orandi at .

List of Mobile ID WG Members


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