Nikon Integrates Identix' FaceIt Technology into Latest Digital Camera Offerings

Advanced Face Finding Capability From Identix Makes Nikon COOLPIX Cameras Smarter, Delivering Enhanced Usability and Customer Experience

MINNETONKA - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Feb. 16, 2005 - Identix(R) Incorporated (Nasdaq:IDNX), the world's leading multi-biometric technology company, announced today that its industry-leading FaceIt(R) technology has been integrated into Nikon Corporation's latest line of COOLPIX digital cameras.

Nikon and Identix worked in partnership to develop Face-priority AF (Autofocus), a state-of-the-art photography feature that uses the latest digital face finding technology from Identix to automatically detect human faces in the scene, and to automatically adjust camera settings - such as focus and gain - to produce optimal images of the faces irrespective of background, lighting or other viewing conditions. The Face-priority AF feature will initially be available with Nikon's COOLPIX 7900, COOLPIX 7600 and COOLPIX 5900 models. The licensing agreement between Identix and Nikon covers production for the entire COOLPIX camera line, which is expected by Nikon to be in the multimillions of camera units. According to Identix President & CEO Dr. Joseph J. Atick, this license by Identix to Nikon represents the largest deployment to-date of FaceIt technology in a commercial application.

The face finding technology works in real time and it is able to control the auto-focus even if the person moves or the photographer recomposes the picture. The feature works effectively for both horizontal and vertical positions or even if the camera is tilted. The end result is a smarter camera eliminating the need for the user to manually adjust the settings, making the camera more user-friendly, more fun and easier to use.

"As a photography enthusiast myself," Dr. Atick said, "I truly appreciate the value of the Face-Priority AF camera mode enabled by FaceIt. With this feature photographers are able to automatically adjust camera settings faster than any human capability allows, to capture that unique, split second expression on someone's face, resulting in the ability to consistently produce perfect human portraits. I am pleased to see Identix contributing to the historical list of innovations in photography alongside creative giants such as Nikon that provided so much technological leadership and helped define modern photography throughout the second half of the 20th century and up through today."

Nikon General Manager of Marketing Kazuyuki Kazami commented, "We are very happy to be the first to achieve the Face-priority AF function in collaboration with Identix. It is a truly innovative function that makes it simple for virtually anyone to take satisfyingly sharp portraits. It is also another successful step in our quest to make COOLPIX digital cameras ever more easy to use, and to make digital photography ever more enjoyable."

"We believe our agreement with Nikon, which will generate meaningful U.S. dollar royalties for Identix, represents the opening of an entirely new frontier - the licensing and integration of our enabling biometric technologies for mass market consumer applications," Dr. Atick said. "We expect to continue to see similar unique and totally new applications with commercial appeal begin to generate meaningful opportunities for the potential generation of material revenues in the commercial and consumer vertical sectors."

Identix FaceIt technology has numerous capabilities that can be integrated into a wide range of applications. The face finding capability of FaceIt is especially important since it serve as the initial step for a number of applications, including enrollment and matching. Face finding provides integrators with the highly accurate and hands off ability to locate faces in the field of view regardless of background, or lighting or viewing conditions, a benefit that has been embraced here by Nikon to deliver a unique new offering to the consumer market.

Identix and FaceIt are trademarks or registered trademarks of Identix Incorporated in the United States and other countries.

About Identix Incorporated

Identix Incorporated (Nasdaq:IDNX) is the world's leading multi-biometric technology company. Identix provides fingerprint, facial and skin biometric technologies, as well as systems, and critical system components that empower the identification of individuals in large-scale ID and ID management programs. The Company's offerings include live scan systems and services for biometric data capture, mobile systems for on-the-spot ID, and backend standards-based modules and software components for biometric matching and data mining. Identix products are used to conduct background checks, speed travel and commerce via secure identification documents, prevent identity fraud in large-scale government and civil ID programs, and control access to secure areas and networks. With a global network of partners, such as leading system integrators, defense prime contractors and OEMs, Identix serves a broad range of markets including government, law enforcement, gaming, finance, travel, transportation, corporate enterprise and healthcare.

More information on Identix can be accessed via the Company web site at