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Subject: BIAS v2.0 and WS-Biometric Services v1.0 from the Biometric Services TC are released for public review

OASIS members and other interested parties, 

The OASIS Biometric Services (BIOSERV) TC [1] members have recently approved two Committee Specification Drafts (CSD) and submitted them for 30-day public review:

Biometric Identity Assurance Services (BIAS) Soap Profile Version 2.0
Committee Specification Draft 02 / Public Review Draft 01
30 August 2016


WS-Biometric Devices Version 1.0
Committee Specification Draft 01 / Public Review Draft 01
23 September 2016

What are these specifications and why are they important? 

The Biometric Identity Assurance Services (BIAS) Soap Profile is a companion standard to ISO/IEC 30108-1:2015, Information technology — Biometric Identity Assurance Services. It specifies the design concepts and architecture, data model and data dictionary, message structure and rules, and error handling necessary to invoke SOAP-based services that implement BIAS operations.

Together, the BIAS standard and the BIAS profile provide an open framework for deploying and remotely invoking biometric-based identity assurance capabilities that can be readily accessed across an SOA infrastructure.

The emergence of web services as a common communications bus has “profound implications.” The next generation of biometric devices will not only need to be intelligent, secure, tamper-proof, and spoof resistant, they will also need to be interoperable.

Such devices will require a communications protocol that is secure, globally connected, and free from requirements on operating systems, device drivers, form factors, and low-level communications protocols. WS-Biometric Devices is a protocol designed in the interest of furthering this goal, with a specific focus on the single process shared by all biometric systems—acquisition

About the Technical Committee

The OASIS BIOSERV TC is chartered to define, enhance, and maintain open standards that facilitate the use of biometrics and biometric operations over a service-oriented architecture, such as web services. 

Membership in the BIOSERV TC is open to all OASIS members. 

Public Review Period:

The public review starts 20 October 2016 at 00:00 UTC and ends 18 November 2016 at 23:59 UTC. 

This is an open invitation to comment. OASIS solicits feedback from potential users, developers and others, whether OASIS members or not, for the sake of improving the interoperability and quality of its technical work.

Reviewers may provide comments directly from the comment-tag version of document. The files




contain the HTML version of the draft with a “[comment?]” link next to each section heading. Clicking on this link will launch your email application and begin a message to bioserv-comment@lists.oasis-open.org with the specific section number and title in the subject line. Simply enter your comment and click send.

Note that you must be subscribed to the comment mailing list before sending feedback. Instructions on how to subscribe can be found at https://www.oasis-open.org/committees/comments/index.php?wg_abbrev=bioserv.


The prose specification document and related files are available here:

- Biometric Identity Assurance Services (BIAS) Soap Profile Version 2.0

PDF (Authoritative):


HTML with inline commenting: 

Editable source:

XML schemas: 

- WS-Biometric Devices Version 1.0

PDF (Authoritative): 


HTML with inline commenting:

Editable source: 

XML schemas:

ZIP distribution file (complete):

For your convenience, OASIS provides a complete package of the prose document and related files in a ZIP distribution file. You can download the ZIP file here:

- Biometric Identity Assurance Services (BIAS) Soap Profile Version 2.0:

- WS-Biometric Devices Version 1.0:

Additional information about the specification and the Bioserv can be found at the TC's public home page:


Comments may be submitted to the TC by any person through the use of the OASIS TC Comment Facility which can be used by following the instructions on the TC's "Send A Comment" page, or directly at:


Comments submitted by TC non-members for this work and for other work of this TC are publicly archived and can be viewed at:


All comments submitted to OASIS are subject to the OASIS Feedback License, which ensures that the feedback you provide carries the same obligations at least as the obligations of the TC members. In connection with this public review of "Biometric Identity Assurance Services (BIAS) Soap Profile Version 2.0" and "WS-Biometric Devices Version 1.0", we call your attention to the OASIS IPR Policy [2] applicable especially [3] to the work of this technical committee. All members of the TC should be familiar with this document, which may create obligations regarding the disclosure and availability of a member's patent, copyright, trademark and license rights that read on an approved OASIS specification. 

OASIS invites any persons who know of any such claims to disclose these if they may be essential to the implementation of the above specification, so that notice of them may be posted to the notice page for this TC's work.

========== Additional references:

[1]OASIS Biometric Services (BIOSERV) TC

[2] http://www.oasis-open.org/who/intellectualproperty.php

[3] http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/bioserv/ipr.php


Chet Ensign
Director of Standards Development and TC Administration 
OASIS: Advancing open standards for the information society

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