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Report on the State of International Privacy Laws and Application to Biometrics and Their Impact on the United States and the European Union and Select Countries (pdf file)



BIOMETRIC SOLUTIONS  Click below
Biometric Solutions Showcasing leading Industry products by type.
Fingerprint Iris Recognition Hand & Finger
Facial Recognition Voice/Speaker Consultants
Smart Cards/Multimodal Signature/Keystroke Vascular Pattern
Sensors Middleware/Software 2D Bar Codes


BIOMETRIC APPLICATIONS  Click below
Biometric Applications Showcasing leading Industry products by type.
Physical Access Logical Access Justice/Law Enforcement
Time and Attendance HIPAA Border Control/Airports
Financial/Transactional Integrators/Resellers Laptops, PDAs, Locks, Other




(These links take you to the website of Jean-Franзois Mainguet)

  • Introduction to biometrics
  • Applications of biometrics
  • How does it work? (identify)
  • What are the different types of biometrics? (fingerprint, face, iris, ...)
  • How choosing the right biometrics for your application? (issues)
  • Security and biometrics
  • Some more readings & links (references)
  • Movies and biometrics
  • Myths related to biometrics



  • Articles


    In information technology, biometric authentication refers to technologies that measure and analyze human physical and behavioural characteristics for authentication purposes. Examples of physical characteristics include fingerprints, eye retinas and irises, facial patterns and hand measurements, while examples of mostly behavioural characteristics include signature, gait and typing patterns. Voice is considered a mix of both physical and behavioural characteristics. However, it can be argued that all biometric traits share physical and behavioural aspects.   Biometrics   Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Imagine you're James Bond, and you have to get into a secret laboratory to disarm a deadly biological weapon and save the world. But first, you have to get past the security system. It requires more than just a key or a password -- you need to have the villain's irises, his voice and the shape of his hand to get inside. You might also encounter this scenario, minus the deadly biological weapon, during an average day on the job. Airports, hospitals, hotels, grocery stores and even Disney theme parks increasingly use biometrics -- technology that identifies you based on your physical or behavioral traits -- for added security.   How Biometrics Work  How Stuff Works

    Computerized fingerprint scanners have been a mainstay of spy thrillers for decades, but up until recently, they were pretty exotic technology in the real world. In the past few years, however, scanners have started popping up all over the place -- in police stations, high-security buildings and even on PC keyboards. You can pick up a personal USB fingerprint scanner for less than $100, and just like that, your computer's guarded by high-tech biometrics. Instead of, or in addition to, a password, you need your distinctive print to gain access.   How Fingerprint Scanners Work   How Stuff Works

    A ticket to Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa Bay, Florida, didn't just get you a seat at the biggest professional football game of the year. Those who attended the January 2000 event were also part of the largest police lineup ever conducted, although they may not have been aware of it at the time. The Tampa Police Department was testing out a new technology, called FaceIt, that allows snapshots of faces from the crowd to be compared to a database of criminal mugshots.   How Facial Recognition Systems Work   How Stuff Works

    Your voice is unique because of the shape of your vocal cavities and the way you move your mouth when you speak. To enroll in a voiceprint system, you either say the exact words or phrases that it requires, or you give an extended sample of your speech so that the computer can identify you no matter which words you say. When people think of voiceprints, they often think of the wave pattern they would see on an oscilloscope. But the data used in a voiceprint is a sound spectrogram, not a wave form. A spectrogram is basically a graph that shows a sound's frequency on the vertical axis and time on the horizontal axis. Different speech sounds create different shapes within the graph. Spectrograms also use colors or shades of grey to represent the acoustical qualities of sound. This tutorial has a lot more information on spectrograms and how to read them.   How Biometric Systems Work - More Biometric Systems  How Stuff Works




    Further Reading

    Advantages/Disadvantages of Iris
    Source:Daugman | Modality: Iris
    Biometrics for people with Disabilities
    Source:online listing | Modality: All
    Biometrics history
    Source: | Modality: All
    Biometrics Knowledge Center
    Source:WVU | Modality: All
    Biometrics Myths Explained
    Source: | Modality: All
    Biometrics Overview
    Source: | Modality: All
    Biometrics Overview
    Source: | Modality: All
    Biometrics Overview
    Source: | Modality: All
    Biometrics Overview for Application in Courts
    Source:National Center for State Courts | Modality: All
    Center for AutoID
    Source:Ohio U | Modality: bar coding, magnetic stripe and radio frequency identification, voice data entry (other)
    Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors
    Source:University of Buffalo | Modality: All
    CITeR
    Source:WVU | Modality: Multimodal, Fingerprint
    Daugman Main
    Source:Daugman | Modality: Iris
    Face Location
    Source:MSU | Modality: Face
    Face Recognition
    Source:Online listing | Modality: Face
    Facial Analysis
    Source: | Modality: Face
    Facial Expression Analysis
    Source:USC | Modality: Face
    FBI FP Compression
    Source: | Modality: Fingerprint
    Fingerprint Overview
    Source:Jain | Modality: Fingerprint
    FPVTE
    Source:NIST | Modality: Fingerprint
    FRVT
    Source: | Modality: Face
    Glossary
    Source:European Biometric Forum | Modality: All
    Hand geometry Feature Extraction
    Source:MSU | Modality: Hand Geometry
    Hand geometry methods
    Source:MSU | Modality: Hand Geometry
    Hand geometry Overview
    Source:Jain/Ross | Modality: Hand Geometry
    History of Fingerprints
    Source: | Modality: Fingerprint
    how Iris Recognition Works
    Source:Daugman | Modality: Iris
    IAFIS
    Source:FBI | Modality: Fingerprint
    Introduction to Biometrics
    Source:BC | Modality: All
    Introduction to Iris Recognition
    Source:Daugman | Modality: Iris
    Iris Patterns
    Source:Daugman | Modality: Iris
    Iris Recognition
    Source:Daugman | Modality: Iris
    Iris Recognition Homepage
    Source: | Modality: Iris
    Michigan State
    Source:MSU | Modality: All
    MSU Projects
    Source:MSU | Modality: All
    Mulitbiometrics
    Source:MSU | Modality: Face, Fingerprint, Voice
    Multiple Biometrics
    Source:Daugman | Modality: Multimodal
    National Biometric Test Center
    Source:collected works (San Jose) | Modality: Fingerprint, Face
    NIST About Biometrics
    Source:NIST | Modality: All
    NIST Background in Biometrics
    Source:NIST | Modality: Face and Fingerprint
    NIST Main
    Source:NIST | Modality: All
    NIST Standards
    Source:NIST | Modality: All
    Overview of Biometrics
    Source:MSU | Modality: All
    Overview of Fingerprint
    Source:IBM | Modality: Fingerprint
    Performance Improvement from multiple biometrics
    Source:MSU | Modality: Multimodal
    Publications and Periodicals
    Source:BC | Modality: All
    Rutgers Speech Recognition Group
    Source:Rutgers | Modality: speech, audio and video coding
    San Jose State University
    Source:San Jose | Modality: Face, Fingerprint, Voice, Iris
    Speech Recognition
    Source:Online listing: Rutgers | Modality: Speech
    Speech Research
    Source: | Modality: Speech
    University of Bologna Biometric Systems Lab
    Source:University of Bologna | Modality: fingerprint, face, hand
    Vision and Modeling Group
    Source:MIT | Modality: vision modeling (other)
    Why Biometrics?
    Source:TBF | Modality: All
    WVU Program
    Source:WVU | Modality: All





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