Biometric Recognition of Newborns: Identification Using Palmprints

Provided by: Michigan State University Topic: Security Date Added: Aug 2011 Format: PDF
The authors present some results on newborn identification through high-resolution images of palmar surfaces. To their knowledge, there is no biometric system currently available that can be effectively used for newborn identification. The manual procedure of capturing inked footprints in practice for this purpose is limited for use inside hospitals and is not an effective solution for identification purposes. The use of friction ridge patterns on the hands of newborns is challenging due to both the small size of newborn's papillary ridges, which are, on average, 2.5 to 3 times smaller than the ridges in adult fingerprints, and their fragility, making them amenable to deformation.

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