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Optical Engineering

Quality and matching performance analysis of three-dimensional unraveled fingerprints
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Paper Abstract

The use of fingerprints as a biometric is both the oldest mode of computer-aided personal identification and the most-relied-on technology in use today. However, current acquisition methods have some challenging and peculiar difficulties. For higher performance fingerprint data acquisition and verification, a novel noncontact 3-D fingerprint scanner is investigated, where both the detailed 3-D and albedo information of the finger is obtained. The obtained high-resolution 3-D prints are further converted into 3-D unraveled prints, to be compatible with traditional 2-D automatic fingerprint identification systems. As a result, many limitations imposed on conventional fingerprint capture and processing can be reduced by the unobtrusiveness of this approach and the extra depth information acquired. To compare the quality and matching performances of 3-D unraveled with traditional 2-D plain fingerprints, we collect both 3-D prints and their 2-D plain counterparts. The print quality and matching performances are evaluated and analyzed by using National Institute of Standard Technology fingerprint software. Experimental results show that the 3-D unraveled print outperforms the 2-D print in both quality and matching performances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Opt. Eng. 49(7) 077202 doi: 10.1117/1.3465571
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 49, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
Yongchang Wang, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
Qi Hao, The Univ. of Alabama (United States)
Abhishika Fatehpuria, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
Laurence Hassebrook, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
Daniel L. Lau, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)

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