Biometrics Beyond the Visible Spectrum: Imaging Technologies and Applications

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Executive Summary

Human body images acquired at visible spectrum have inherent restrictions that hinder the performance of person recognition systems built using that kind of information (e.g. scene artefacts under varying illumination conditions). One promising approach for dealing with those limitations is using images acquired beyond the visible spectrum. This paper reviews some of the existing human body imaging technologies working beyond the visible spectrum (X-ray, Infrared, Millimeter and Sub-millimeter Wave imaging technologies). The benefits and drawbacks of each technology and their biometric applications are presented.

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