id3 Technologies has announced that its fingerprint on-card comparison technology has achieved National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) MINEX III compliance.MINEX III tests fingerprint template generators and template matchers for the US Government's Personal Identity Verification (PIV) programme. It implements new minimum accuracy specifications introduced in NIST Special Publication 800-76-2, with the primary objective of increasing the precision and universal interoperability of biometric systems.According to the company, biometric on-card comparison technology provides better security and privacy compared to traditional biometric recognition systems, by removing the need for databases. The confidentiality of the biometric data is guaranteed by integrating both the storage and the matching subsystems into a secure integrated circuit chip. id3 Technologies says its technology targets the highest security criteria in the smart card industry by guaranteeing very low false match rates regardless of the input fingerprint. This new version also introduces a score-level fusion feature which allows the user to authenticate using several fingers for even better security."These results prove once again that our fingerprint on-card comparison technology is able to compete with the best fingerprint recognition systems while offering much better security and privacy to the end user," says Jean-Louis Revol, president of id3 Technologies.Match-on-card technology can be used for a number of applications, including identity cards, eVoting, health care and banking services.