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On Mixing Fingerprints

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2 Author(s)
Othman, A. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Electr. Eng., West Virginia Univ., Morgantown, WV, USA ; Ross, A.

This work explores the possibility of mixing two different fingerprints, pertaining to two different fingers, at the image level in order to generate a new fingerprint. To mix two fingerprints, each fingerprint pattern is decomposed into two different components, viz., the continuous and spiral components. After prealigning the components of each fingerprint, the continuous component of one fingerprint is combined with the spiral component of the other fingerprint. Experiments on the West Virginia University (WVU) and FVC2002 datasets show that mixing fingerprints has several benefits: (a) it can be used to generate virtual identities from two different fingers; (b) it can be used to obscure the information present in an individual's fingerprint image prior to storing it in a central database; and (c) it can be used to generate a cancelable fingerprint template, i.e., the template can be reset if the mixed fingerprint is compromised.

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Information Forensics and Security, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 1 )
Biometrics Compendium, IEEE