Project description: Nowadays, biometric recognition represents an integral component of identity management systems. The aim of the BIO-INDEX subproject of CRISP to accelerate biometric systems operating in identification mode without decreasing the recognition accuracy of the overall system. This represents a challenging issues since generic biometric recognition systems do not provide the scalability needed for large-scale applications. Within the BIO-INDEX projects diverse techniques will be investigated and developed in order to provide real-time identification on large-scale biometric databases.