Historical milestones

We believe the concept and the real-world applications of Biometrics Performance Monitoring (BPM) has been around in one way or another since the modern (computer-based) biometrics systems themselves have been in operations.

The following related milestones are mostly seen and interpreted from an Optimum Biometric Labs’ perspective and may not represent and include all the activities or events world-wide in this discipline. We will update this list of milestones as we learn other individuals’ or organizations’ efforts and achievements in the field (let us know).

  • December 2003: Cofounders of Optimum Biometric Labs (OBL) presented their multiple-awarded thesis works in UCLA on remote performance monitoring of biometrics, prior to that a sample of the their report was sent to Identix Inc.
  • January 2004: OBL starts development of its web-based monitoring platform called BioUptime that is based on Web Services, WSDL, and SOAP for integration with biometric-based systems
  • November 2004: OBL became Swedish standardization expert to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC37 -Biometrics WG 5
  • March 2005: A proof-of-concept version of BioUptime was in operation to monitor application and fingerprint devices from Precise Biometrics
  • September 2005: The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published a package including guidelines on operational Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) of Biometrics and their subsystems
  • February 2006: Identix Inc. published a press release on remote performance monitoring of individual live scan systems at the Orange County Sheriff’s office biometric Live Scan network
  • 2006: NIST initiated the Biometric Web Services (BWS) project. BWS intends to standardize use of Web Services so that biometric devices use ethernet or Wi-Fi in terms of physical connectivity to bypass issues and limitations by different type of interfaces such as USB, IEEE 1394, device drivers and others
  • March 2008: BioLab at Blekinge Institute of Technology became first BioUptime Appliance customer
  • September 2008: Monitoring of operational systems is at the moment part of the working draft ISO document WD 19795-6, Biometric Performance Testing and Reporting – Part 6: Testing Methodologies for Operational Evaluation
  • June 2011: BioUptime is integrated with the DHS-sponsored project Biometric Identification on the Move System (BIMS) led by AFIS and Biometrics Consulting Inc. BIMS is an Automated Border Control (ABC) type system that is operational in University of California at Irvine (UCI)
  • 2011: NIST plans to publish a draft of Biometric Web Services (BWS) specifications by October 2011
  • September 2011: Optimum Biometric Labs releases Best Practices in Biometrics Performance Monitoring Programs, launches a dedicated web portal, and calls for collaboration among the biometric industry and end-user community for consensus building, development, and standardization of this Best Practices into a useful ISO-standard.
  • Oct 22, 2013, OASIS Open standards unanimously approves Optimum Biometric Labs’ New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) ‘Web Services-­Based Operational Monitoring and Reporting’
  • Jan. 2, 2014, Optimum Biometric Labs becomes an active OASIS Member.
  • Jan. 7, 2014, OASIS 
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  1. Pingback: OBL to lead new international OASIS standard for Web Services-based operational monitoring of biometric devices and services | BioUptime

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