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Biometric Encryption using image processing
Author(s): Colin Soutar; Danny Roberge; Alex Stoianov; Rene Gilroy; Bhagavatula Vijaya Kumar
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Paper Abstract

Biometric EncryptionTM is an algorithm which has been developed to securely link and retrieve a digital key using the interaction of a biometric image, such as a fingerprint, with a secure block of data, known as a BioscryptTM. The key can be used, for example, as an encryption/decryption key. The BioscryptTM comprises a filter function, which is calculated using an image processing algorithm, and other information which is required to first retrieve, and then verify the validity of, the key. The key is retrieved using information from an output pattern formed via the interaction of the biometric image with the filter function. Therefore, the filter function must be designed so that it produces a consistent output pattern (and thus, key). The filter function must also be designed to be secure (i.e. information about the fingerprint cannot be retrieved from the filter function). The consistency of the output pattern and the security of the filter function are the two topics discussed in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3314, Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterrence Techniques II, (1 April 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.304705
Show Author Affiliations
Colin Soutar, Mytec Technologies Inc. (Canada)
Danny Roberge, Mytec Technologies Inc. (Canada)
Alex Stoianov, Mytec Technologies Inc. (Canada)
Rene Gilroy, Mytec Technologies Inc. (Canada)
Bhagavatula Vijaya Kumar, Carnegie Mellon Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3314:
Optical Security and Counterfeit Deterrence Techniques II
Rudolf L. van Renesse, Editor(s)

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