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New Touchless 3D Fingerprinting System

A new non-contact, 3-D fingerprinting system could make catching the bad guys faster and easier, whether it’s at the border or the police precinct. By projecting patterns of light onto a finger and analyzing the image, researchers from the University of Kentucky are able to form a more precise print than those made with ink or sensor plates. The researchers say the system is more efficient than traditional fingerprinting and notably reduces the number of erroneous matches. Fingerprinting has been widely applied to identify criminals in forensic law enforcement and security applications.. But traditional techniques don’t make it easy to gather accurate, detailed prints. The device works by projecting a series of striped lines onto a finger, in a process called structured light illumination (SLI). A 1.4 megapixel camera repeatedly captures images of the lines as they wrap around the finger, at roughly 1,000 pixels per inch. That’s twice as much as the resolution required for a fingerprint in the FBI’s Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). By analyzing the way each line rises and falls, the software builds a 3-D model of the surface of the finger in less than a second, with each ridge and valley in its proper place. And unlike existing fingerprinting devices, the SLI system isn’t hampered by oily skin or a dry environment.

Fingerprinting With Light Shows Promise for Improved Crime-Fighting

Researchers in the United Kingdom are reporting development of a fast new fingerprinting method that shows promise for improving the collection and scrutiny of fingerprints from crime scenes. Standard methods for collecting fingerprints at crime scenes, such as dusting, can sometimes alter the prints and erase valuable forensic clues, including traces of chemicals that may be in the prints. In the new study, Sergei G. Kazarian of Imperial College London and colleagues used a special gelatin tape to collect fingerprints from several different surfaces including a door handle, a mug handle, a curved glass surface, and a computer screen. They exposed the imprinted gels to a highly sensitive instrument that used a beam of infrared light and an array detector to acquire images of the collected fingerprints. The method exposed valuable chemical information about the composition of the prints, potentially giving information about the individual depositing them (e.g. smoker, vegetarian), and the presence of contaminants within the prints, which could provide clues about what possible suspects had handled (e.g. foodstuffs, drugs) and, thus could be useful in identifying a criminal, the report said. In addition, the new method kept the original fingerprints intact and available for further analysis, the researchers added.

It’s Proven: 'The Eyes Have It' For ID Verification

A new report by computer scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) demonstrates that iris recognition algorithms can maintain their precision and interoperability with compressed images, affirming their potential for large-scale identity management applications such as the federal Personal Identity Verification program, cyber security and counterterrorism. After fingerprints, iris recognition has emerged in recent years as the second most widely sustained biometric trait. This marketplace rests largely on the ability of recognition algorithms to process standard images from the many cameras. This requires images to be captured in a standard format and organized so that they are compact enough for a smart card and for broadcast across global networks. The images also have to be identifiable by computer algorithms and interoperable with any iris-matcher product regardless of the manufacturer. NIST scientists are working with the international biometrics community to revise iris recognition standards and to advance iris images as the global interchange medium in this swiftly evolving field. NIST established the Iris Exchange IREX program as a NIST-industry collaboration to support development of iris recognition algorithms operating on images in compliance with the new ISO-IEC 19794-6 standard. The first IREX project, IREX I, provided quantitative support to the standard by conducting the largest independently administered test of iris recognition technology to date. The test attracted 19 recognition technologies from 10 different providers. This represents an order of magnitude expansion of the industry over the past five years.

You're in the checkout line and realize you left your wallet at home? No problem! Just hand the clerk your finger:

A growing number of customers in Germany are paying for their bills by fingerprint these days. With the touch of a digit to a light-sensitive pad, customers pay for their items, provided they have an account in the store's system that can be debited. A major supermarket chain, installed more than 80 fingerprint systems, across Germany and is planning to add additional systems soon. They became the first retailer in Germany to use the technology. Despite resistance from some, "pay by touch" technology continues to spread across the retail world, driven by growing security concerns and boosted by the falling price of scanners. From its origins as a crime-fighting tool, fingerprinting spread first to government agencies and commercial industry as a way to keep unauthorized people out of sensitive areas, like top-secret labs or vital computer servers. Then retail industry got interested. Piggly Wiggly, the U.S. grocery chain, which has more than 114 stores in South Carolina and Georgia, launched its biometric program in early 2005. It was one of the retail industry's largest commitments to biometrics and it has been closely watched from the beginning.

Face Recognition Software assists secure logins

Featuring original Windows® login and PasswordManager for all website logins, FaceAether Pro lets users login to windows as well as manage online email, facebook, and blog accounts via facial recognition software. It has been tested on Windows 7 and is compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer as well as Firefox browsers. Login is accomplished within 1 sec, and use of face for biometric identification enhances security while eradicating the requirement to remember codes or numbers.

Fingerprint Technology Beats World's Toughest Tests.

Thumbs Technology developed by the UOW that can identify partial, distorted, scratched, smudged, or otherwise warped fingerprints in just a few seconds has just scored top marks in the world's two toughest technical fingerprint tests. The technology is also being rapidly taken up by the UK building trade who are delighted to have fingerprint technology which can cope with the often worn and ravaged labourers’ thumbprints. The technology has intimidated more than just the construction industry. In the recent past the technology has been examined by two of the world's most esteemed technical fingerprint benchmarking tests. Tests by the National Physical Laboratory ranked Warwick Warp's fingerprint Technology best overall for accuracy. A test of 36 finger print technologies by the US's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) ranked Warwick 3rd overall