Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS)  /  AwareABIS™2019-10-08T20:44:45-05:00


The open ABIS

Modular architecture, rich web services, user-configurable workflows, unfettered data access, algorithm choice

AwareABIS™ is an Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) used for large-scale biometric identification and deduplication, with support for fingerprint, face, and iris modalities. Its highly modular architecture allows it to be configured and optimized for either civil or criminal applications.

AwareABIS leverages BioSP™ (Biometric Services Platform), Aware’s market-leading workflow and integration server to achieve unsurpassed configurability and ease-of-integration.  It has the flexibility to utilize Aware’s high-performance, NIST-tested Nexa™ face, fingerprint, and iris matching algorithms, as well as top-tier fingerprint algorithms from 3rd-party providers.  Together, these features make it the best ABIS on the market not only for extreme configurability but for prevention of vendor lock-in.

AwareABIS is also fast, scalable, and reliable, using Astra™, an advanced cluster computing platform to perform searches against millions or tens-of-millions of records.



Fingerprint-based search (AFIS)

Biometric deduplication

Civil identity proofing




Extreme configurability

Extreme configurability

The most powerful workflow configuration and system integration capabilities, based upon Aware’s market-leading BioSP platform

Top-tier fingerprint matching performance

Top-tier fingerprint matching performance

Utilizes algorithms recognized in NIST FpVTE 2012 as performing on par with top-tier products in terms of matching speed and accuracy


Multimodal support

Offers NIST-tested face and iris matching in addition to fingerprint, with advanced scoring fusion

Browser-based interfaces

Browser-based interfaces

Market-leading browser-based enrollment, with support for fingerprint (livescan and cardscan), face, iris, and ID scanning

Rich web services

Rich web services

Fully web services-based design and modularity enables rapid integration with other systems



Extreme horizontal and vertical scalability, with the ability to search tens of millions of records and achieve high-throughput verifications

High availability and fault-tolerant

High availability and fault-tolerant

Extreme reliability achieved with ability to configure for active-active-active redundancy

Unlimited data access

Unlimited data access

Unfettered ownership and access to raw biometric data archives

Support for 3rd-party algorithms

Support for 3rd-party algorithms

Flexibility to use either Aware’s Nexa™ fingerprint, face, and iris algorithms, or those from other partner vendors

AwareABIS™ is built upon several mature, high-performance, field-proven applications, platforms, and algorithms from Aware. Components are available a la carte depending on the application and system requirements. It is also compatible with 3rd party biometric matching algorithms.

AwareABIS Diagram

Configured as a civil ABIS, AwareABIS provides powerful biometric search capability through open APIs that are well-designed and easy to use.  Aware’s powerful client applications are offered to provide powerful front-end capabilities, or custom applications can be used to fulfill project-specific requirements.

Configured as a criminal ABIS, AwareABIS provides all the useful features of the civil ABIS and adds powerful capabilities critical to law enforcement applications, such as comprehensive analysis, processing, and search of both latents and facial photographs.

Features specific for criminal ABIS

Comprehensive latent fingerprint search support

Comprehensive latent fingerprint search support

Comprehensive support for latent examination, processing, latent-live and latent-latent matching

Modern fingerprint and face examiner applications

Modern fingerprint and face examiner applications

Matcher-agnostic forensic face and fingerprint workstation applications, designed by examiners to offer a rich analytics feature set, useful workflow tools, and excellent reporting capability

Market-leading data formatting and validation

Market-leading data formatting and validation

Incorporates Aware’s NISTPack™, the industry standard for ANSI NIST/EBTS biometric data file formatting, validation, and interchange

Workflow configurability, ease-of-integration, and powerful onboard processing

BioSP™ is a service-oriented platform used to enable a biometric system with advanced biometric data processing and management functionality in a web services architecture. It is feature-rich and highly configurable, providing programmable workflow, data management and formatting, and other important utilities for useful in large-scale integrated biometric systems.  BioSP Workflow Manager allows stateful processing workflows that involves user interaction, such as approvals, reviews, or edits. The workflow is scripted using BPEL, which allows it to be easily modified to many use cases. Each state of the workflow can have a different owner, and history is tracked over the lifecycle.

BioSP offers powerful software modules and a rich array of web-based services, including messaging, submissions, responses, and logging. They enable AwareABIS with valuable features that are easy to integrate with external systems.

BioSP Subject Manager provides services for managing and archiving subject identity data, both biographic and biometric, as well as custom metadata. Subject Manager manages the server side of biometric enrolment processes, the collection of biometric samples (images or templates) and biographic data for credentialing, biometric identification, or biometric verification. It provides support for finger, face, palm, iris, and scar/mark/tattoo images.

BioSP Transaction Manager provides services for building transaction workflows between multiple disparate systems, including enrolment clients and other back-end systems. It is driven by BPEL workflow definitions and is highly configurable, managing both receipt of submissions and processing of responses from distributed sources. Store-and-forward requirements for standards-based communication with local, state, federal, and international government agencies are addressed with Transaction Manager.

BioSP Format Manager provides services for working with various open standards data formats to enable interchange of biometric and biographic data. Format Manager parses, validates, constructs or transcodes standard-compliant biometric data structures, including those formats defined by ANSI/NIST, ANSI/INCITS, ISO/IEC, FIPS-201, and ICAO.

Fast, scalable, and reliable

AwareABIS utilizes Astra, a distributed cluster computing framework that is field-proven, reliable, and well-supported. It is highly fault-tolerant with integrated failover capability, and includes a browser-based system monitoring dashboard that allows administrators to know the performance of the system at all times and be alerted when problems arise.

AwareABIS configures a multi-node computing topology and deploys the algorithms and data for fingerprint, face, and iris recognition to each node, then manages the execution of the millions of operations and results in such a way that maximizes the utilization of the machines and processors. The platform is independent of the algorithms in use, so long as access to 1:1 matching capability of the algorithm is provided. The platform can run one or more biometric and text matching algorithms in either staged or parallel search configurations.

AwareABIS provides system configuration, management, and monitoring. System topology and workflows are configured. The biometric data cache is managed. Biometric matching algorithms are configured, managed and deployed. A browser-based system monitoring dashboard provides alerts and statistical information about the operation of the system. The cluster controller executes commands and computations across multiple computing nodes. It deploys biometric and text matching algorithms and data to each node.


Search results review

Search results view

FaceWorkbench is a client application used by biometric examiners to perform facial reviews in various biometric operation workflows, including 1:N, 1:1, and training. It is distinguished by its thoughtful and forward-looking incorporation of current and emerging guidelines and best practices resulting from recent work in the forensic community within the US Government, international standards bodies, and independent forensic associations.

FaceWorkbench integrates examination-based workflows for comparison and training enabling a facial examiner to work in the most efficient way possible while enforcing these current and emerging guidelines and best practices in a supportive role. FaceWorkbench also incorporates numerous ease-of-use features for the facial examiner so critical tools and resources needed for an examination are readily available and effective to use with minimal effort.

The workflow emulates an email client, with searches organized in various stages of an agency-defined workflow. For a given search result or verification request, each candidate can be identified by the examiner as a match or non-match. Advanced tools are provided to enable the examiner to assess the likelihood of a match between the probe and each candidate.


  • Single or bulk facial match submissions
  • Comprehensive examination workflow in one cohesive application
    – queue management
    – image calibration
    – intense 1:1 review
    – reporting
  • Reduces or eliminates tedious processes
  • Provides useful image analysis features
  • Instant access to operational guideline documents
  • In-application reporting
  • Integrated training mode
  • Easy screen capture and terminology references
  • Automated report generation


FingerprintWorkbench is a workstation application used by fingerprint examiners to perform latent fingerprint examination and tenprint match results review and reporting. Used as part of AwareABIS, it provides useful, intuitive tools and workflows that help the examiner to complete their tasks more effectively and more efficiently, with support for 1:1 comparison and 1:many search.

Distinguished by its forward-looking, intuitive design and comprehensive capability set, FingerprintWorkbench offers workflows highly optimized for efficiency and high performance as well as configurable input (live scan and card scan format options) and output (print card format). It does so in part by incorporating useful examination tools–readily available with minimal effort–directly into the workflows, while also enforcing best practices.

Tenprint search

Tenprint search

Latent search results analysis and verification

Latent search results analysis and verification


  • Comprehensive search workflows
    – Tenprint to tenprint or latent
    – Latent to tenprint, palm, or latent
  • Livescan, print card, file image, and biographics submission
  • Management of search queues
  • Appendix F certified card scanning, formatting, output
  • Several supported workflows
    – Latent and tenprint registration
    – Queue management
    – Latent match charting
    – Decision verification
  • Image processing features
    – Histogram (brightness, contrast, equalization, etc.)
    – Sharpness
    – Ghost removal
  • Minutiae processing
    – Add/delete
    – Quality filtering
  • Match results verification
    – Minutiae pair mating
    – Annotation of final decision
  • Latent match charting
    – Assists in courtroom presentation of match results

AwareABIS can be equipped with Aware’s NIST-tested Nexa|Fingerprint™, Nexa|Face™, and Nexa|Iris™ algorithms for biometric search using fingerprint, facial, and iris.  Multiple modalities can be fused for substantially improved performance.

Unlike other ABIS, AwareABIS™ can utilize biometric algorithms from other suppliers.

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