Mentalix’s Low-Cost Scanning Solution Receives FBI Certification

Press Release
May 27, 1999


Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit™ Passes IAFIS Tests With AGFA DuoScan T1200 Scanner

PLANO, Texas — Mentalix, Inc. announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has certified that Mentalix’s latest Fingerprint Scan API Runtime Library module complies with the IAFIS (Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System) IQS Appendix F 500 ppi (Section 2.0) Scanner Specifications.  The Runtime Library, teamed with the AGFA DuoScan T1200 scanner and a Windows® 95/98/NT system, sets the new low-cost/high-performance standard for Appendix F 500 ppi 10-print card scan solutions.  This DuoScan T1200 Runtime Library module is available to systems integrators and developers as part of Mentalix’s Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit.  The Fingerprint Scan API Toolkit provides a common API for a growing list of certified and non-certified scanner models on Windows and UNIX® systems.  With typical FBI 10-print card acquire and process times of just 30 seconds, the T1200 solution performs at two to three times the speed of competing products while shaving nearly $2,000 off of the overall solution cost.

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