NIST Releases Multimodal Biometric Application Resource Kit
Free downloads from the NIST Image Group open source server
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) this month released the Biometric Application Resource Kit (MBARK). MBARK is, according to a NIST release: "A set of modern software libraries, example applications and public-domain source code that may be leveraged to develop the next-generation of biometric and personal identity verification applications." It provides a consistent user interface regardless of sensor, and XML allows sensor interoperability via "plug ins" as well as "on the fly" workflow changes.
"MBARK was originally envisioned as a targeted application to be used to collect a large-scale database of face, fingerprint, and iris images," said NIST. "Since then, however, the software has broadened into a set of libraries enabling a much wider variety of uses. For example, a custom MBARK-based application is currently being deployed in a NIST 10-print usability."
MBARK downloads are free from the NIST Image Group Open Source Server