What are the basics of photos and standards?

Photos are a critical element of the Veonics® Portal and are considered “independent” entities.  They exist independently from data and are “traceable” through each photo status.


  • From the moment photos are brought into the Veonics® Portal, they are “marked” with a secured cryptographic signature to ensure authenticity.

Photo Status in Record Manager

  • To be considered suitable for printing in the Record Manager, the photo in the card record must be validated against appropriate photo Standards with an Accepted status.
  • Status Types
    • Missing Photo
      • No photo is attached to the Record
    • Accepted
      • The photo has been checked against the standard and found to be in compliance
      • All the rules in the standard must be met
    • Pending Validation
      • There is a photo, but it has not yet been validated against the standard
    • Unacceptable
      • The photo has been checked against the standard and can not be made compliant
      • At least one of the rules was not met
      • And it is not possible to manipulate the image to make it acceptable
      • A new photo must be provided to replace this

Photo Standards

  • Photo standards are simply a collection of rules that the photo must comply with to be considered suitable
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  • Some rules may be automatically or semi-automatically enforced
    • Aspect Ratio: this is a mandatory rule
    • Coverage: determines the expected size and position of the face in the image
      • This is a “complex” rule, explained below
    • Minimum/maximum resolution
      • A low-resolution results in a “grainy” printout
      • A high resolution wastes storage space and makes processing slower
  • Other rules are “informational” and must be manually verified by a qualified user
    • Organizations may have their own “private” standards
    • Light-colored solid background
      • 75% Full face with no cut-off facial features
      • No hats, visors, or scarves
      • , “background of a specific color”
  • New standards may be “cloned” and modified from existing ones

Photo Coverage

  • The coverage rule determines the position and relative size of the face in the photo
    • Depends on the aspect ratio (Height by Width), which is hard set within the Standard
  • This rule governs the green circular overlay in the photo validation tool and the automatic cropping tool

Photo Coverage Attributes

  • A coverage rule is composed of the following attributes
    • % horizontal coverage: what percentage of the entire image width must be covered by the face itself (ear to ear)
    • % vertical coverage: what percentage of the entire image height must be covered by the face itself (chin to top of head)
    • % horizontal center (default, 50%): position of the horizontal center of the face, relative to the entire image
    • % vertical center (default, 50%): position of the vertical center of the face, relative to the entire image
      • Typically, in portrait-oriented photos, this will be less than 50%, to allow for the neck and upper part of the body to show
    • % tolerance: this determines the space between the concentric ovals in the validation tool, and how much the photo may be “nudged” in order to bring it to compliance when processing automatically
    • % eyeline (default, 50%, and generally should match the % vertical center): determines the vertical position of the eyes in the photo
    • % H/V center mark: this is the blue cross on the overlay, useful to do a one-click center around a particular facial feature (typically, the tip of the nose)