Do you know that fingerprints are one of the oldest biometric data to be used? They are easy to capture and verify. It was the French Professor Alphonse Bertillon, in 1882, who included in his access identification system on an anthropometric system the taking of fingerprints as a means of identifying a person.
How does fingerprinting work?
The biometric analysis of our fingerprints can distinguish two fingerprints. This analysis takes place at points called “minutiae”. We have over 16 types of minutiae, but the main ones used are bifurcations, islets, spikes, and ridge endings. The special arrangement of all these elements forms the lines in the form of papillary lines found on our fingers, thus automatically achieving endless combinations.
We use an optical sensor on which it is enough to place a finger. The sensor will make sure to sample your fingerprints and then the program contained in the sensor will allow you to perform the biometric analysis of your scanned finger. Once the scan is done, the program generates a reduced fingerprint or similarity index. This method works when you register a finger, but also when you want to compare a finger.
Our IDEMIA fingerprint sensors
At Biotime Biometrics, we distribute high performance optical fingerprint sensors from the world leader IDEMIA..
- For example the Morphosmart 300 is a family of high-end optical sensors, based on IDEMIA’s unrivalled experience in the fields of electro-optics and forensic quality fingerprint processing algorithms. The devices cover a wide range of applications: enrollment, authentication and identification in industrial/commercial and governmental environments.
- The MorphoSmart 1300 Series is a range of compact biometric USB devices. They use Morpho’s patented optical technology and fingerprint algorithms, both acknowledged worldwide for their high levels of performance and their exceptional robustness.