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Obtaining cryptographic keys using feature level fusion of iris and face biometrics for secure user authentication

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3 Author(s)
Kanade, S. ; Dept. of Electron. & Phys., Inst. TELECOM: TELECOM SudParis, Evry, France ; Petrovska-Delacrétaz, D. ; Dorizzi, B.

Biometric traits are permanently associated with a user. Though this is an advantage from identity verification point of view, if such biometric data is compromised, it cannot be replaced by a new one and becomes unusable in the system. This limitation can be overcome by combining biometrics with cryptographic techniques to induce revocability in biometric systems. In this paper, a multi-biometrics based cryptographic key regeneration scheme is proposed which combines information from iris and face to obtain a long cryptographic key having high entropy. The biometric information fusion is carried in feature domain using weighted feature level fusion technique. With the proposed system, we obtain 210-bit keys with 183-bit entropy (which is significantly higher than the 83-bit entropy obtained for iris), at a False Acceptance Rate of 0% and a False Rejection Rate of 0.91%.

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Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW), 2010 IEEE Computer Society Conference on

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13-18 June 2010