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IARPA Launches Challenge to Facilitate Biometric Fingerprint Collection System Development

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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has unveiled a competition that seeks to develop new biometric systems designed to recognize and capture complete fingerprints without the need for human operators.

The Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge aims to increase matching performance for forensic and live fingerprint recognition through technology platforms whose performance is comparable to that of conventional rolled biometric systems, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Thursday.

IARPA will conduct the contest through two stages in the fall of 2017 and will award $325,000 in total prizes to finalists.

The agency will conduct a final live test in the Washington, D.C. area to allow finalists to test and evaluate their systems and compare their fingerprint captures with ground truth data in September.

Interested participants have until March 17 to register for the challenge.

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