OASIS to create XML standard for biometrics

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), an organisation that creates standards for...

The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), an organisation that creates standards for information exchange technologies such as XML and Web services, announced it has formed a committee to design an XML schema for biometric data.

Biometrics is technology that uses an individual's unique physical characteristics, such as iris or fingerprint patterns, to verify his identity and grant access to systems, locations or data.

Biometrics has garnered increased attention in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks, with many companies and experts pushing for its further adoption in security systems, especially those used at airports.

XML is a markup language similar to HTML, is seen by many as the basis for many future computing endeavors, including Web services. Microsoft is betting heavily on XML, using it as part of the core of its .net initiative.

The OASIS committee, called the XML Common Biometric Format Technical Committee (XCBF), will design a standard way for biometric data and functions to be communicated and performed via XML.

The XCBF will define the Common Biometric Exchange File Format that will describe biometric data in a standard way, easing its exchange between systems, according to OASIS.

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