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Electronic Biometric Transmission Specification (EBTS)

***Agencies transitioning from the EFTS to the new EBTS standard are encouraged to contact the FBI CJIS Biometric Services Section’s Customer Service Group at (304) 625-5590, or via e-mail at [email protected] prior to implementation.

The FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division is moving toward a system that will contain a complete biometric and biographic profile of the subject records in its databases.  Though fingerprints will continue to be the FBI’s primary mode of identification for the near future, the scope of the EBTS has been expanded over previous versions to include additional biometric modalities (e.g., palmprint, facial, and iris) in recognition of the rapidly developing biometric identification industry.  The most recent update to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) 1-2007 standard includes new record types to facilitate data sharing for new biometric modalities.  Integrating biometric data in accordance with the ANSI/NIST standard, the FBI EBTS provides a description of all requests and responses associated with electronic fingerprint and other biometric identification services.

The process of updating an FBI implementation of the ANSI/NIST ITL1-2007 standard involves many considerations as well as iterations of reviews and approvals.  The EBTS is governed by the Advisory Policy Board (APB) process.  Specifically, there is an IAFIS Interface Evaluation Task Force (IIETF) that reviews drafts to the EBTS for approval.  This group provides comments, ranging from very specific to broad, to enhance the standard.  The standard process takes into account the impact on legacy users, IAFIS contributors, and interoperability stakeholders particularly when adding new information and changing functionalities.  The resultant changes directly affect cost considerations, business objectives, and other factors that need to be projected and reconciled accordingly.

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