Fingerprint Capture Technology

Standard fingerprinting techniques require a fingerprint technician to grasp an individual's hand and roll each finger across a fingerprint card or scanner. This technique takes several minutes, requires a trained technician, and does not capture an imprint of the side of the hand or the palm — two areas of the hand from which investigators often find prints at crime scenes. NIJ has funded researchers to develop, evaluate, and improve the way fingerprints are taken to address these problems.

Research and Development Projects

Biometrics Research and Development Projects, 2005-10
Project Title Awardee Biometric Modalities Amount Award Number
West Virginia University Identification Technology Research and Transition Center (CITeR-TRAC) West Virginia University Research Corporation Various $1,000,000 2010-DD-BX-K037
Mobile Fingerprint Capture University of Massachusetts Lowell Fingerprint, Palmprint $456,992 2009-IJ-CX-K021
West Virginia University Identification Technology Research and Transition Center West Virginia University Research Corporation Various $1,000,000 2009-D1-BX-K105
Fast Capture Fingerprint Device Evaluation National Institute of Standards and Technology, Office of Law Enforcement Standards Fingerprint, Palmprint $500,000 2008-DN-R-121
Multimodal Biometric Fusion With Predictive Quality Metrics General Electric Company Multimodal Fusion $499,893 2007-MU-CX-K001
Automatic Fingerprint Matching Using Extended Feature Set (pdf, 66 pages) Michigan State University Fingerprint $393,168 2007-RG-CX-K183
Application of Level 3 Matching to Latent Finger and Palmprints Identix Incorporated, an L-1 Identity Solutions company Fingerprint, Palmprint $285,664 2007-RG-CX-K017
Efficient, Field-Optimized, Multimodal Biometric System International Biometric Group Multimodal Fusion $431,556 2005-IJ-CX-K059
Fast Fingerprint Capture Technology to Capture Up to 10 Roll-Equivalent Fingerprints Within 15 Seconds TBS North America, Inc. Fingerprint $3,576,535 2005-IJ-CX-K071
Handshot ID: A Fast 3-D Imaging System for Capturing Fingerprints, Palmprints and Hand Geometry Carnegie Mellon University Fingerprint, Palmprint, Hand Geometry $1,533,341 2005-IJ-CX-K046
Fast Capture Fingerprint and Palmprint Technology Smiths Detection, Inc. Fingerprint, Palmprint $1,800,597 2005-IJ-CX-K067
Sensors, Surveillance and Biometrics Center of Excellence Mantech Advanced Systems International, Inc. Various $2,000,000 2010-IJ-CX-K024
Date Modified: November 22, 2011