Distal-interphalangeal-crease-based user authentication system

Feng Liu, Dapeng Zhang, Zhenhua Guo

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Touchless-based fingerprint recognition technology is thought to be an alternative to touch-based systems to solve problems of hygienic, latent fingerprints, and maintenance. However, there are few studies about touchless fingerprint recognition systems due to the lack of a large database and the intrinsic drawback of low ridge-valley contrast of touchless fingerprint images. This paper proposes an end-to-end solution for user authentication systems based on touchless fingerprint images in which a multiview strategy is adopted to collect images and the robust fingerprint feature of touchless image is extracted for matching with high recognition accuracy. More specifically, a touchless multiview fingerprint capture device is designed to generate three views of raw images followed by preprocessing steps including region of interest (ROI) extraction and image correction. The distal interphalangeal crease (DIP)-based feature is then extracted and matched to recognize the human's identity in which part selection is introduced to improve matching efficiency. Experiments are conducted on two sessions of touchless multiview fingerprint image database with 541 fingers acquired about two weeks apart. An EER of ∼ 1.7% can be achieved by using the proposed DIP-based feature, which is much better than touchless fingerprint recognition by using scale invariant feature transformation (SIFT) and minutiae features. The given fusion results show that it is effective to combine the DIP-based feature, minutiae, and SIFT feature for touchless fingerprint recognition systems. The EER is as low as sim0.5%.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6563102
Pages (from-to)1446-1455
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2013


  • Competitive coding scheme
  • distal interphalangeal crease (DIP)
  • finger width
  • multiview images
  • touchless fingerprint recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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