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Novel spectroscopy-based technology for biometric and liveness verification
Author(s): Kristin A. Nixon; Robert K. Rowe; Jeffrey Allen; Steve Corcoran; Lu Fang; David Gabel; Damien Gonzales; Robert Harbour; Sarah Love; Rick McCaskill; Bob Ostrom; David Sidlauskas; Karen Unruh
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a new biometric technology based on the optical properties of skin. The new technology can perform both identity verification and sample authenticity based on the optical properties of human skin. When multiple wavelengths of light are used to illuminate skin, the resulting spectrum of the diffusely reflected light represents a complex interaction between the structural and chemical properties of the skin tissue. Research has shown that these spectral characteristics are distinct traits of human skin as compared to other materials. Furthermore, there are also distinct spectral differences from person to person. Personnel at Lumidigm have developed a small and rugged spectral sensor using solid-state optical components operating in the visible and very near infrared spectral region (400-940nm) that accurately measures diffusely reflected skin spectra. The sensors are used for both biometric determinations of identity as well as the determination of sample authenticity. This paper will discuss both applications of the technology with emphasis on the use of optical spectra to assure sample authenticity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5404, Biometric Technology for Human Identification, (25 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.543045
Show Author Affiliations
Kristin A. Nixon, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)
Robert K. Rowe, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)
Jeffrey Allen, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)
Steve Corcoran, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)
Lu Fang, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)
David Gabel, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)
Damien Gonzales, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)
Robert Harbour, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)
Sarah Love, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)
Rick McCaskill, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)
Bob Ostrom, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)
David Sidlauskas, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)
Karen Unruh, Lumidigm, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5404:
Biometric Technology for Human Identification
Anil K. Jain; Nalini K. Ratha, Editor(s)

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