Mentalix Adds NIST File Support To Fingerprint Software

Press Release
July 16, 2001

Low-Cost Authoring of Industry Standard Interchange Format Now Available

PLANO, Texas — Mentalix, Inc.’s Fingerprint Utility API Toolkit now supports the creation of ANSI/NIST files and is compatible with specialized NIST formats such as the FBI’s Electronic Fingerprint Transmission Specification (EFTS) standard.  Mentalix’s comprehensive data export routines include single-step image writing with WSQ, JPEG and CCITT group compression capabilities (WSQ compression requires the Mentalix Fast WSQ API Toolkit™).

The NIST format permits users to save transaction information and biographical data as well as fingerprint, subject pose and signature images in a single file.  The format is used by governments as a standard for exchanging, storing and matching fingerprint identification information.

The Fingerprint Utility API Toolkit enables systems integrators to add fingerprint image processing functions, such as advanced cropping and NIST file creation, to law enforcement and civilian security software systems.  Used in conjunction with Mentalix’s other API products, developers can create a fingerprint scanning interface with FBI-certified IAFIS compatibility, WSQ compression/decompression, and color image scanning for non-fingerprint images, including mug shots.

The Fingerprint Utility API Toolkit is available for $200 as an add-on to Mentalix’s Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit™, which enables developers to add an IAFIS-certified scanning interface to turnkey systems. Both Toolkits work on Windows NT/2000® and UNIX® systems as well as multi-platform systems.


Incorporated in 1987, Mentalix was founded to develop easy-to-use products for the purposes of scanning, editing, and printing photographic images from high-performance workstations.  In recent years, Mentalix has applied its software development and imaging expertise to the creation of industry-recognized, FBI-certified fingerprint acquisition solutions.  Corporate-wide, Mentalix continues to provide fast, elegant solutions for scientific, technical, GIS, manufacturing, fingerprint analysis, medical, educational, and government industries.  Mentalix targets custom, systems integration and off-the-shelf solutions for Windows and a variety of UNIX systems.  The company maintains its headquarters north of Dallas in Plano, Texas.

Mentalix, Fingerprint Utility API Toolkit, Fast WSQ API Toolkit, and Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit are trademarks or registered trademarks of Mentalix, Inc.  UNIX is a registered trademark.  Windows and Windows NT are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the U.S. and/or other countries.  All other trademarks acknowledged.

Press contact:
Alissa F. Payne
Mentalix, Inc.
(972) 423-9377 Ext. 124