Interdigital palm region for biometric identification

Aythami Morales, Ajay Kumar Pathak, Miguel A. Ferrer

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The interdigital palm region represents about 30% of the palm area and is inherently acquired during palmprint imaging, nevertheless it has not yet attracted any noticeable attention in biometrics research. This paper investigates the ridge pattern characteristics of the interdigital palm region for its usage in biometric identification. An anatomical study of the interdigital area is initially carried out, leading to the establishment of five categories according to the distribution of the singularities and three regions of interest for biometrics. With the identified regions, our study analyzes the matching performance of the interdigital palm biometrics and its combination with the conventional palmprint matching approaches and presents comparative experimental results using four competing feature extraction methods. This study has been carried out with two publicly available databases. The first one consists of 2,080 images of 416 subjects acquired with a touchless low-cost imaging device focused on acquiring the interdigital palm area. The second database is the publicly available BiosecurID hand database which consists of 3,200 images from 400 users. The experimental results presented in this paper suggest that features from the interdigital palm region can be used to achieve competitive performances as well as offer significant improvements for conventional palmprint recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-133
Number of pages9
JournalComputer Vision and Image Understanding
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Biometrics
  • Forensics
  • Indexing
  • Palmprint
  • Person recognition
  • Taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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