Personal verification using palmprint and hand geometry biometric

Ajay Kumar Pathak, David C.M. Wong, Helen C. Shen, Anil K. Jain

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A new approach for the personal identification using hand images is presented. This paper attempts to improve the performance of palmprint-based verification system by integrating hand geometry features. Unlike other bimodal biometric systems, the users does not have to undergo the inconvenience of passing through two sensors since the palmprint and hand geometry features can be are acquired from the same image, using a digital camera, at the same time. Each of these gray level images are aligned and then used to extract palmprint and hand geometry features. These features are then examined for thenindividual and combined performance. The image acquisition setup used in this work was inherently simple and it does not employ any special illumination nor does it use any pegs to cause any inconvenience to the users. Our experimental results on the image dataset from 100 users confirm the utility of hand geometry features with those from palmprints and achieve promising results with a simple image acquisition setup.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)668-678
Number of pages11
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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