Evolution and Evaluation of Biometric Systems

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Executive Summary

Biometric systems have evolved significantly over the past years: from single-sample fully-controlled verification matchers to a wide range of multi-sample multi-modal fully-automated person recognition systems working in a diverse range of unconstrained environments and behaviors. The methodology for biometric system evaluation however has remained practically unchanged, still being largely limited to reporting false match and non-match rates only and the tradeoff curves based thereon. Such methodology may no longer be sufficient and appropriate for investigating the performance of state-of-the-art systems. This paper addresses this gap by establishing taxonomy of biometric systems and proposing a baseline methodology that can be applied to the majority of contemporary biometric systems to obtain an all-inclusive description of their performance.

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