The UK biometrics self-enrollment feasibility trials have reached phase 2, with a request for expressions of interest from developers of technologies running on smartphones to assess how the state of the art has improved since the trials conducted in late 2021.
The new studies will evaluate the effectiveness of fingerprint biometric enrollment and presentation attack detection (PAD) technology. For the initial benchmark exercise, subjects will be volunteers from the Home Office and from the general public for the capture trial, with the PAD trial running in parallel with both.
The success criterion for the benchmark exercise is a completion rate of more than 95 percent of the subjects when registering ten fingerprints. The verification target is a 0.2 percent false rejection rate and 0.01 percent false acceptance rate. PAD performance success is defined as 0.2 percent BPCER and 0.1 percent APCER.
Additional criteria for success in the test evaluation are included in the project documentation, including ease of use, particularly in relation to fingerprint enrollment.
Submissions for the new round of examinations are due by October 10, 2022.
JSRC case study
The country’s Joint Security and Resilience Center has published a case study on the first phase of the process.
The BSEFT case study details the project to collect facial and fingerprint biometrics from people traveling to the UK prior to their trip. It explains the two separate trials, one based on smartphone apps and the other on kiosks, and the conclusion that
13 smartphone apps and five kiosks from a total of 15 providers from all over the world were tested.
Kiosks have been found to be closer to the skills the home office is looking for, but questions remain, such as PAD for both collection methods.
Now, alongside the Phase 2 trial, another pilot using kiosks is planned for 2023, operated by the Future Borders and Immigration System (FBIS) program.
EAB Virtual Lunch Talk
The European Association for Biometrics will examine the trials in a presentation by Graham Camm, Head of Technical Architecture, Biometrics, UK Home Office.
Camm will give a presentation entitled ‘The UK Home Office’s Biometric Self-Registration Technology – Lessons from Recent Large Scale Trials and Future Plans’, which will explain the Home Office’s concerns about biometric fingerprint and PAD enrollment via smartphone apps.
The Virtual Lunch Talk will take place on October 4, 2022 and registration is free but required.
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