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Suprema Fingerprint Algorithm Performs Top in Latest US Govt NIST MINEX Testing

Seoul, Nov 11, 2008 - Suprema, Inc., a leading global provider of fingerprint recognition technology and systems, announced today that the company's fingerprint matching and extracting algorithms ranked top in the Minutiae Interoperability Exchange (MINEX) test by the NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology).

The NIST test results, released on November 3, 2008, revealed that Suprema's "matcher" algorithm showed a 0.23% false rate, outperforming all 21 matcher' algorithms from 17 vendors. Also, the company's extractor' algorithm recorded a 0.30% false rate, topping all 23 algorithms from 20 vendors.

The MINEX test evaluates the performance and interoperability of fingerprint algorithms to the core ANSI/INCITS 378 fingerprint standard format. The MINEX certification is required by the US government's Personal Identity Verification (PIV) program for the identification and authentication of Federal employees and contractors. This certification will provide Suprema and its partners an advantage to tender for biometric procurements related to the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS 201) and the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD 12).

"Our recent accomplishment in the NIST test is another milestone re-establishing Suprema as a top-tier solution provider for both commercial and government projects," said Dr. James Lee, CEO of Suprema. "Our previous successes in FVC 2004 and 2006, winning the top rank in international fingerprint technology evaluation, earned enormous trust in Suprema reliability from our customers in the commercial sector. Our latest accomplishments in this NIST testing will set the stage for a new round of market expansion in the rapidly expanding public and government sector".

Suprema plans to apply its MINEX certified technology to the company's extensive range of fingerprint embedded modules and access control systems.

About MINEX Testing

The Minutiae Interoperability Exchange Test (MINEX) is an ongoing evaluation of the INCITS 378 fingerprint template. The test program has two mandates;

  1. To provide measurements of performance and interoperability of core template encoding and matching capabilities to users, vendors and interested parties;

  2. To establish compliance for template encoders and matchers for the United States Government's Personal Identity Verification (PIV) program.

About the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is a measurement standards laboratory which is a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce. The institute's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve quality of life.