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A Large-Scale Study of Fingerprint Matching Systems for Sensor Interoperability Problem

College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh 11543, Saudi Arabia
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Sensors 2018, 18(4), 1008; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18041008
Received: 10 March 2018 / Revised: 24 March 2018 / Accepted: 26 March 2018 / Published: 28 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract

The fingerprint is a commonly used biometric modality that is widely employed for authentication by law enforcement agencies and commercial applications. The designs of existing fingerprint matching methods are based on the hypothesis that the same sensor is used to capture fingerprints during enrollment and verification. Advances in fingerprint sensor technology have raised the question about the usability of current methods when different sensors are employed for enrollment and verification; this is a fingerprint sensor interoperability problem. To provide insight into this problem and assess the status of state-of-the-art matching methods to tackle this problem, we first analyze the characteristics of fingerprints captured with different sensors, which makes cross-sensor matching a challenging problem. We demonstrate the importance of fingerprint enhancement methods for cross-sensor matching. Finally, we conduct a comparative study of state-of-the-art fingerprint recognition methods and provide insight into their abilities to address this problem. We performed experiments using a public database (FingerPass) that contains nine datasets captured with different sensors. We analyzed the effects of different sensors and found that cross-sensor matching performance deteriorates when different sensors are used for enrollment and verification. In view of our analysis, we propose future research directions for this problem. View Full-Text
Keywords: biometrics; fingerprint sensor interoperability; cross-sensor fingerprint matching; fingerprint enhancement biometrics; fingerprint sensor interoperability; cross-sensor fingerprint matching; fingerprint enhancement
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AlShehri, H.; Hussain, M.; AboAlSamh, H.; AlZuair, M. A Large-Scale Study of Fingerprint Matching Systems for Sensor Interoperability Problem. Sensors 2018, 18, 1008.

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