January 24, 2018
DALLAS, Texas – January 22, 2018 – Mentalix, Inc. (www.mentalix.com) announces that the FBI has certified that Mentalix’s J2K API Toolkit meets the compression accuracy requirements in the NIST Special Publication 500-300, a revolutionary certification process for JPEG 2000 Codec compliance. JPEG 2000 is the industry standard for 1000 ppi compression, and while previous JPEG 2000 certification relied on self-testing and self-reporting, the newly instated NIST certification process ensures conformance with the NIST Special Publication 500-289 recommended parameters for JPEG 2000 compression in an operational environment.
Mentalix is one of the earliest adopters of this new certification, which includes compression in both lossy 10:1 and lossless modes, and will be increasingly important as fingerprint capture transitions from 500 ppi to 1000 ppi. In a world where fingerprinting has become a primary form of identification for everything from consumer electronics to law enforcement, the NIST JPEG certification represents a new benchmark for accuracy and security, promising an even higher confidence in the forensic comparison of fingerprints.
“Accountability is absolutely crucial when it comes to biometrics,” said Mentalix Chief Technology Officer Dale Remmers, “and it’s something we take very seriously. We’re not just invested in our products, we’re invested in the people who use them. Their success is crucial to ours. If there is a higher standard, we owe it to each user to meet that standard.”
As biometrics technology and testing continue to improve, Mentalix will remain committed to improving right alongside it. A full listing of all NIST Special Publication (SP) 500-289 compliant vendors can be found on the CJIS website at https://www.fbibiospecs.cjis.gov/JPEG2000/Implementations.
Incorporated in 1987, Mentalix develops certified fingerprint acquisition solutions for both end users and systems integrators. The company leads the industry with the most IAFIS-compliant fingerprint solutions, and its API products are used as vital components in turnkey systems by many of the top biometric developers worldwide. Mentalix has successfully provided certified fingerprint card conversion services for law enforcement agencies, converting millions of cards into accessible digital files. Mentalix maintains its headquarters in Dallas, Texas.
Mentalix, and Mentalix J2K API Toolkit are trademarks of Mentalix, Inc. All other products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies; Mentalix disclaims any and all rights in these marks. Endorsement by mentioned agencies is neither expressed nor implied.
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