"The biggest change in the facial recognition community since the completion of the FERET program has been the introduction of facial recognition products to the commercial market. Open market competitiveness has driven numerous technological advances in automated face recognition since the FERET program and significantly lowered system costs. Today there are dozens of facial recognition systems available that have the potential to meet performance requirements for numerous applications. But which of these systems best meet the performance requirements for given applications? Repeated inquiries from numerous government agencies on the current state of facial recognition technology prompted the DoD Counterdrug Technology Development Program Office to establish a new set of evaluations. The Facial Recognition Vendor Test 2000 (FRVT 2000) was cosponsored by the DoD Counterdrug Technology Development Program Office, the National Institute of Justice and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and was administered in May and June 2000."
Biometrics Catalog: http://www.biometricscatalog.org