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Bringing Intelligence to Identity Solutions

 

Fingerprint Recognition

Fingerprint recognition identifies people by using the impressions made by the minute ridge formations or patterns found on the fingertips. Finger printing takes an image of a person's fingertips and records its characteristics - whorls, arches, and loops are recorded along with patterns of ridges, furrows, and minutiae. Information is processed as an image and further encoded as a computer algorithm.

It is one of the most developed biometrics, with more history, research, and design. Since the information in the database is encoded with a mathematical algorithm, recreation of a fingerprint is extremely difficult on even a limited scale with most modern systems. In most cases no image of the fingerprint is actually created, only a set of data that can be used for comparison. Over the years fingerprint recognition has become one of the most widely used biometric technology with a number of civil and criminal automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) in use across the world.

Fingerprint Identity Solutions

HRS over the last ten years has helped develop and deliver a range of fingerprint based identification solutions across both the public and private sector. Our team of biometric engineers have been at the forefront of developing large complex fingerprint solutions helping support national/local government and humanitarian identity solutions.

Fingerprint: Driving Innovation

Our team of engineers and business consultants are helping shape some of the most complex identity solutions across the world. As a vendor independent technology company HRS has an in-depth understanding of the technology and its commercial application. We have strategic partnerships with some of the leading names in the industry allowing us to benefit from the best in the market. Our team is helping develop a range of mobile fingerprint solutions helping governments, commerce and society benefit from increased identity assurance.

Fingerprinting, fingerprint recognition or finger recognition, takes an image of a person's fingertips and records its characteristics. Whorls, arches, and loops are recorded along with patterns of ridges, furrows, and minutiae. Information is processed or stored as an image or as an encoded computer algorithm.

In most cases no image of the fingerprint is actually created, only a set of data that can be used for comparison. A user presses his/her finger gently against a small reader surface (optical or silicon), the reader is attached to a computer and takes the information from the scan and sends it to the database.

Current Applications for Finger Printing

Fingerprint based biometrics has primarily been used to secure entry devices for building door locks and computer network access. A small number of banks use fingerprint readers for authorization at ATMs. Grocery stores are experimenting with a fingerprint scan checkout that automatically recognizes and bills a registered user's credit card or debit account. More recent applications of finger recognition include use of fingerprints for voter registration.

Advantages of using Finger Recognition

  • Fairly small storage space is required for the biometric template, reducing the size of the database required.
  • It is one of the most developed biometrics, with more history, research, and design.
  • Each and every fingerprint including all the fingers are unique, even identical twins have different fingerprints.
  • Sound potential for forensic use as most of the countries have existing fingerprint databases.
  • Relatively inexpensive and offers high levels of accuracy.
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