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Non-destructive forensic latent fingerprint acquisition with chromatic white light sensors
Author(s): Marcus Leich; Stefan Kiltz; Jana Dittmann; Claus Vielhauer
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Paper Abstract

Non-destructive latent fingerprint acquisition is an emerging field of research, which, unlike traditional methods, makes latent fingerprints available for additional verification or further analysis like tests for substance abuse or age estimation. In this paper a series of tests is performed to investigate the overall suitability of a high resolution off-the-shelf chromatic white light sensor for the contact-less and non-destructive latent fingerprint acquisition. Our paper focuses on scanning previously determined regions with exemplary acquisition parameter settings. 3D height field and reflection data of five different latent fingerprints on six different types of surfaces (HDD platter, brushed metal, painted car body (metallic and non-metallic finish), blued metal, veneered plywood) are experimentally studied. Pre-processing is performed by removing low-frequency gradients. The quality of the results is assessed subjectively; no automated feature extraction is performed. Additionally, the degradation of the fingerprint during the acquisition period is observed. While the quality of the acquired data is highly dependent on surface structure, the sensor is capable of detecting the fingerprint on all sample surfaces. On blued metal the residual material is detected; however, the ridge line structure dissolves within minutes after fingerprint placement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 February 2011
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7880, Media Watermarking, Security, and Forensics III, 78800S (10 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.872331
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Marcus Leich, Otto-von-Guericke-Univ. Magdeburg (Germany)
Stefan Kiltz, Otto-von-Guericke-Univ. Magdeburg (Germany)
Jana Dittmann, Otto-von-Guericke-Univ. Magdeburg (Germany)
Claus Vielhauer, Fachhochschule Brandenburg (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7880:
Media Watermarking, Security, and Forensics III
Nasir D. Memon; Jana Dittmann; Adnan M. Alattar; Edward J. Delp, Editor(s)

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