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FBI compression standard for digitized fingerprint images
Author(s): Christopher M. Brislawn; Jonathan N. Bradley; Remigius J. Onyshczak; Thomas Hopper
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Paper Abstract

The FBI has formulated national standards for digitization and compression of gray-scale fingerprint images. The compression algorithm for the digitized images is based on adaptive uniform scalar quantization of a discrete wavelet transform subband decomposition, a technique referred to as the wavelet/scalar quantization method. The algorithm produces archival-quality images at compression ratios of around 15 to 1 and will allow the current database of paper fingerprint cards to be replaced by digital imagery. A compliance testing program is also being implemented to ensure high standards of image quality and interchangeability of data between different implementations. We will review the current status of the FBI standard, including the compliance testing process and the details of the first-generation encoder.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 November 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2847, Applications of Digital Image Processing XIX, (14 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.258243
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher M. Brislawn, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Jonathan N. Bradley, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Remigius J. Onyshczak, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Thomas Hopper, Federal Bureau of Investigation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2847:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XIX
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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