Standards – continuous improvement

Working on standards is a continuous effort within the iMARS project. Read about our partners contribution to the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37 Working Group 3 – Biometric Data Interchange Formats meeting of last January, the Face Image Quality workshop and much more…

The iMARS partners have commented on ISO/IEC 29794-1 Biometric sample quality- Part 1: Framework as a committee draft (CD). Specifically on face modality WG3 is working on the international standard ISO/IEC 29794-5. WG3 will further revise ISO/IEC 29794-1 Biometric sample quality- Part 1: Framework as a committee draft (CD). Specifically on face modality WG3 is working on the international standard ISO/IEC 29794-5 Biometric sample quality – Part 5: Face image data, which is a significant factor to both enrolment stations as well as operational biometric systems in the border control. This part is currently under development as an international standard and will relate to quality requirements from ISO/IEC 19794-5: 2011 and ISO/IEC 39794-5: 2019. Furthermore, this standardisation project provides measures to decide whether facial images are of sufficient utility for several application scenarios. This document can be considered the fourth Working Draft (WD) and seeks for more contributions. Besides, WP11 contributes to the revision of ISO/IEC 29794-5 Information technology- Biometric sample quality – Biometric sample quality – Part 5: Face image data.

Additionally, WG1, WG2, WG3, and WG5 discussed revision project ISO/IEC 30107-3 Biometric presentation attack detection – Part 3: Testing and reporting, in a joint meeting. From this discussion, one could conclude the significance of the new Relative Impostor Attack Presentation Accept Rate (RIAPRAR). RIAPRAR is a contribution from iMARS and of importance for understanding the vulnerabilities of biometric systems about presentation attacks. Furthermore, the project was promoted to Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) level. Moreover, it was decided to revise the project of ISO/IEC 30107-1 Biometric presentation attack detection – Part 1: Framework with the intention of incorporating the concept of bona fide into the PAD taxonomy. This task is aligned with the vulnerability analysis, developed by WP2, WP5 and WP7 of iMARS.

The Morphing Attack Potential (MAP), the testing methodology, contributes to another new work item in the standardization committee. In addition, efforts on standardisation were presented during the Face Image Quality Workshop. This workshop was jointly organised by iMARS with the European Association for Biometrics (EAB), DHS Office of Biometric Identity Management, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) and the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37 working group 3. 670 participants were able to virtually attend the workshop. Recordings and materials of the event have been made available for the general public on the EAB website. Several speakers and participants have published (short) articles about the event.

Six iMARS standardisation meetings have been organised to discuss and agree among the project partners on comments to ISO/IEC 29794-1 and ISO/IEC 29794-5. Moreover, continuous efforts were made to contribute to the Biometric Harmonised Vocabulary (HBV), which likewise contains a clear definition of morphing attacks versus manipulation attacks. HDA, IDM and NTN can be considered the main contributors. BKA, UBO, NOI have been providing regular feedback on technical developments and reflections, whether the contributions made by academia and industry are corresponding to the perspective of operational systems. EAB ensured on a more practical level, that terms and definitions developed can be understood and are applicable to the general public.