Mentalix Provides The First IAFIS-Certified Latent Print Scanning Solution For Windows®

Press Release
July 23, 1999

FBI Certifies the Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit™ for 1,000 PPI Scanning

PLANO, Texas — Mentalix, Inc. announced that its Fingerprint Scan API Runtime Library is the first Windows-compatible fingerprint scanning solution certified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for the 1,000 ppi (Section 3.0) IQS Appendix F Scanner Specifications of IAFIS (Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System).  Tested by the FBI on Windows 95/98/NT with the UMAX PowerLook III scanner, this module of Mentalix’s Runtime Library includes capabilities for automated scanning of both 10-print fingerprint cards (scanned at the 500 ppi (Section 2.0) level) and latent fingerprints, which must be captured at a higher resolution — 1,000 ppi — for accurate analysis.  The company’s Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit, which includes this PowerLook III solution, provides an interface for both certified and non-certified off-the-shelf scanner models on Windows and UNIX® systems.

Mentalix created the Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit for systems integrators and developers who wish to add IAFIS IQS-compliant fingerprint scanning to larger, customized solutions for civil and law enforcement applications.  Because the Toolkit interface is both platform-independent and scan-device-independent, Mentalix can quickly adapt the application for certification testing with additional operating systems and scanners.  This allows the company to offer “drop-in” software updates as new scanner models become available, which in turn makes it easier for integrators to keep up with the latest technology developments.

The Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit enables the creation of 10-print card and latent print scanning solutions.  With its ‘C’ API, the software allows integrators to provide a scanning interface for users of Windows 95/98/NT and UNIX systems as well as multi-platform environments.  Additional features include a fingerprint definition template for support of non-U.S. fingerprint cards or for custom applications.  For systems integrators whose clients also have broader imaging requirements, Mentalix offers the Pixel!SCAN API Toolkit™, an add-on product that may be used in conjunction with the Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit to handle both fingerprint scanning and more general-purpose scanning needs.


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 Scan API Toolkit and Pixel!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