The BioAPI Consortium is a group of over 90 organizations whose goal is to encourage and promote the growth of biometric technology by developing an industry-wide application programming interface (API.) The consortium's API defines how a software application interacts with a biometric verification device; it is compatible with different operating systems, vendor applications, and types of biometric technologies including voice and facial recognition, iris and retina scans, signature verification, hand and earlobe geometry, and fingerprint analysis.
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Version 1.1 of the BioAPI Consortium standard has been approved and published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It is Common Biometric Exchange File Format (CBEFF) compliant.