Online Library

Online Library

The Biometric Center of Excellence (BCOE) will continue to add resources such as reports and presentations to this site and will eventually provide a collaboration tool for registered users.

Conferences and Events 

The BCOE regularly participates in various biometric conferences and events to ensure the FBI is coordinated with interagency biometric activities. The BCOE’s mission is to foster collaboration, improve information sharing, and advance the adoption of optimal biometric and identity management solutions within the FBI and across the law enforcement and national security communities. Collaboration is an essential part of our work. Visit the external sites below for more information.

Documents and Reports

Accuracy and Reliability of Forensic Latent Fingerprint Decisions Report

This report details results of an FBI/Noblis research study, which focused on measuring the accuracy and reliability of latent fingerprint examiners’ decisions.

The National Biometrics Challenge, September 2011 

During the last five years, evolving mission needs, coupled with advances in technology, have necessitated a new look at biometric priorities. This 2011 update to The National Biometrics Challenge examines the many advances made as government, academia, and the private sector have collaboratively responded to the priorities identified in 2006. It also delineates some of the challenges that, five years later, have yet to be fully addressed—and offers some new goals that might previously have seemed beyond reasonable hope of being attained but that today appear achievable in light of new technologies.

National Institute of Standards and Technology: Steering Committee Report, Version 0.1

U.S. Government Interagency Symposium for Investigatory Voice Biometrics: Interoperability Committee Report, Version 1.0

U.S. Government Interagency Symposium for Investigatory Voice Biometrics: Use Case Committee Report, Version 1.0

State-of-the-Art Biometric Excellence Roadmap (SABER) Report

The BCOE is pleased to share the results of an independent assessment of biometric technology completed in June 2008 by the MITRE Corporation. This technology assessment is a critical component of a comprehensive study entitled the SABER Report. It gauges the technical maturity of biometric modalities and evaluates the potential for expanding the FBI’s Certified Products List as these modalities mature.


Biometrics: A Decade of Progress Since 9/11

Since the events on September 11, 2001, the biometric community has made vast technological improvements in protecting the United States and its borders. This video provides an overview of the advancements in biometric technology across the federal government since 9/11.

Caught on Camera: Best Practices for CCTV Systems

To learn more about how closed-circuit security cameras can aid law enforcement investigations, please view the following 20-minute instructional video.