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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
382125000 Extracting minutia such as ridge endings and bifurcations 64
382126000 With a guiding mechanism for positioning finger 12
382127000 With a prism 5
20110200237PATTERN MATCHING DEVICE AND PATTERN MATCHING METHOD - A pattern matching device 08-18-2011
20080273771APPARATUS FOR CAPTURING A HIGH QUALITY IMAGE OF A MOIST FINGER - An apparatus for capturing the image of a wet/moist fingerprint. The apparatus includes: a prism having an imaging plane on which a finger having valleys and ridges is place, a bottom plane parallel to the imaging plane and a reflective plane intercepting the imaging plane and intercepting the bottom plane at an angle α; a light source for generating a light with an incident angle of approximately 0° with respect to a surface normal of the imaging plane; and a lens for capturing light reflected from the reflective plane. The apparatus further includes an image sensor for generating an image of the valleys and ridges of the finger, wherein the reflective plane is arranged in such a way to meet the equation of α>45 +(a sin(n11-06-2008
20100183200Fingerprint Input Module - A fingerprint input module includes at least one prism sheet, an image-capturing unit, and a planar light source. The prism sheet has a micro-prism array. The image-capturing unit has a lens. The planar light source is disposed between the prism sheet and the image-capturing unit, and has a through hole in optical alignment with the lens for passage of light from the micro-prism array to the lens.07-22-2010
20080298650Optical finger print acquisition apparatus using a prism - An optical fingerprint acquisition apparatus using a prism, which can improve the quality of a fingerprint image acquired by an image sensor, is provided. The optical fingerprint acquisition apparatus using the prism includes a pentagon prism including an input face 12-04-2008
20120087555IMAGING DEVICE HAVING A PRISMATIC ELEMENT - An imaging device includes a transparent prismatic element having two contiguous inlet surfaces separated by a ridge. A lens and an image sensor make it possible to acquire images, each including a reproduction of a first pattern located against one of the inlet surfaces, and a reproduction of a second imaged pattern through the other inlet surface. Such a device can be used in a biometric detection apparatus for detecting both a skin print and the vein distribution of a user. The device can also be used in a reading terminal capable of detecting a skin print and a machine-readable tape.04-12-2012
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20080273768BIOMETRIC SENSOR APPARATUS AND METHOD - A biometric sensor apparatus uses an infra red light source and a CMOS image sensor. A platen receives a body part and the image sensor receives light transmitted through the body part. A processor determines from the detected through-transmitted light whether the body part is live or is a spoof body part. This determination is based upon a detected variation of the opacity of the body part due to blood flow through the body part. Digital processing of the collected image signal data is performed, such as by smoothing. The sensor may further function as a pattern (such as a fingerprint) sensor for detecting surface patterns on the presented body part and identifying an individual from those sensed patterns.11-06-2008
20090196468Method of switching operation modes of fingerprint sensor, electronic apparatus using the same and fingerprint sensor thereof - A switching method adopted by a fingerprint sensor operation mode for switching among the plurality of operation modes, the electronic apparatus using the same, and fingerprint sensor thereof are disclosed. The method comprises the following steps: activating the fingerprint sensor; switching based on a preset operation mode to one of the plurality of operation modes whereby regarded as the current operation mode of the fingerprint sensor; detecting an input signal from the fingerprint sensor; and switching to another one of the plurality of operation modes whereby regarded as the new operation mode of the fingerprint sensor when the input signal is a mode switching hotkey.08-06-2009
20080260215Fingerprint identification system - The invention discloses a fingerprint identification system including a communication network, a finger-scanning device and a server. The finger-scanning device includes a fingerprint sensor and a transmitting module. The fingerprint sensor is used for scanning a fingerprint, so as to generate a plurality of fingerprint image sections. The transmitting module is used for transmitting each of the fingerprint image sections through the communication network instantly when the fingerprint image section is generated. The server is used for receiving the fingerprint image sections from the communication network, reproducing the fingerprint, and performing identification according to the fingerprint.10-23-2008
20080260214Method and Device for Acquiring Biometric Data - The invention refers to a device for collecting biometric data, in particular fingerprints, the device having an optically active detector for recording the surfaces of body regions. In the beam path between the surface and the detector a mirror is provided.10-23-2008
20090123039Pixel Sensing Circuit with Common Mode Cancellation - An improved biometric data sensing circuit, for example adapted for fingerprint sensing, uses a charge subtraction technique at the input of the circuit integrator to cancel the so called “common mode” signal from the circuit output. The result is an output signal that is (a) linear, (b) free from any amplification effect due to the presence of the detected object (e.g. a finger), and (c) indicative of the detected object's fine surface geometry (i.e., indicative of the fingerprint's ridges and valleys).05-14-2009
20100158328FINGERPRINT-INITIATED NAVIGATING METHOD, METHOD FOR LINKING A FINGERPRINT AND A NAVIGATION DESTINATION, AND NAVIGATING DEVICE - A fingerprint-initiated navigating method is to be implemented using a navigating device, and includes the steps of: associating a k06-24-2010
20100046810FINGERPRINT IMAGE ACQUIRING DEVICE, FINGERPRINT AUTHENTICATING APPARATUS, FINGERPRINT IMAGE ACQUIRING METHOD, AND FINGERPRINT AUTHENTICATING METHOD - A fingerprint image acquiring device includes: a fingerprint image input unit to which fingerprint images are input consecutively; an image correlating unit to correlate a plurality of fingerprint images input from the fingerprint image input unit, the image correlating unit matching the input fingerprint images in position; a resolution enhancing determining unit to determine whether an area making resolution enhancing possible is present by detecting an area overlapping between fingerprint images as a result of image correlating and estimating similarity between the fingerprint images; an image synthesizing unit to synthesize the fingerprint images based on a result of the position matching by the image correlating unit; and a resolution enhancing unit to enhance a resolution of the area making resolution enhancing possible in the fingerprint image, wherein a fingerprint image is generated by partially enhancing the fingerprint image input to the fingerprint image input unit in resolution.02-25-2010
20100046811Using biometrics as an encryption key - An image of an biometric part is used as encryption or decryption key. The biometric part image is obtained, and items within the biometric part are analyzed. Relationships between those parts are determined, e.g. ratios between different parameters of different parts. Those ratios are then used to form the key. A sequence of biometric information can used in which case both the information itself and the sequence are used to form to the key.02-25-2010
20130034274FINGER BOARD - A finger board for a finger to press including a board layer and a micro-structure layer is disclosed. The board layer has a first refractive index, and has a first board surface and a second board surface opposite to each other. The first board surface is used for the finger to press. The micro-structure layer has a second refractive index different from the first refractive index, and is disposed on the second board surface. Therefore, a light ray emitted from the micro-structure layer to the first board surface can be reflected and scattered on the first board surface, so as to uniformly distribute energy.02-07-2013
20100104147SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING AN INDIVIDUAL - The present invention provides a system for identifying an individual provided with a portable communication device. In a system for identifying an individual using a portable communication device with a display, the display is a sensor-incorporated display, the sensor-incorporated display reads the biological information of a user, and, based on the read information, identifies an individual.04-29-2010
20100142771PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION DEVICE AND METHOD - A personal identification device including: an image pickup unit; a guide unit to set a finger to be imaged; a light source which emits light adapted to be transmitted through the set finger and incident on said image pickup unit; and an image operating unit which is adapted to generate a vein pattern for use in personal identification from an image picked up by said image pickup unit, wherein the image operating unit is adapted to detect a center of the veins from the image to generate the vein pattern.06-10-2010
20090304241Electronic Apparatus - According to one embodiment, an electronic apparatus includes a housing, a pad button section and a switch board. The housing includes a cover member including an opening part. One of a first switch board on which a fingerprint authentication unit is mounted, and a second switch board on which no fingerprint authentication units are mounted is selectively adopted as the switch board. One of a first pad button section including a fingerprint authentication cover between buttons, and a second pad button section in which a pair of buttons are adjacent to each other is selectively adopted as the pad button section. The cover member is identical in shape between a case where the first pad button section is adopted and a case where the second pad button section is adopted.12-10-2009
20090304240Notary enforcement - fraud prevention - A system for electronically capturing and recording the signature and identity of a Signor of a legal document includes an electronic pen for capturing the strokes of the signors signature and is communicatively connected to a computer. A fingerprint scanner is also communicatively connected to the computer for capturing the signor's fingerprint. The computer includes a feature identifier in communication with the fingerprint scanner to identify a plurality of fingerprint features of a scanned fingerprint. A converter converts the scanned fingerprint features into an electronic file for storage in the computer.12-10-2009
20120219194FAKE-FINGER DETERMINATION DEVICE, FAKE-FINGER DETERMINATION METHOD AND FAKE-FINGER DETERMINATION PROGRAM - The accuracy for determining a fake finger in which a thin film is attached to a surface of a finger is improved. A fake-finger determination device includes an imaging unit 08-30-2012
20120219193Media Controller with Fingerprint Recognition - A system and method for retaining, associating, and reloading a user's preferences in a video game system without requiring active participation from the user is provided. The system may include an object control mechanism for receiving a passive indication from the user to perform a fingerprint scan of the user's fingertip. A fingerprint scanner may be coupled to the object control mechanism for transparently performing the fingerprint scan to generate identifying data for the user. If the identifying data for the user matches identifying data for a preexisting user, then preferences associated with the preexisting user may be reloaded. If the identifying data for the user does not match identifying data for a preexisting user, then preferences of the user may retained and associated with the user's identifying data.08-30-2012
20090041313User validation of body worn device - A headset includes a detector providing an output indicating a donned or doffed condition, a memory storing a fingerprint data of an authorized headset user, and a fingerprint scanner for generating a fingerprint scan upon detecting a donned condition. The headset includes a finger pad on an exterior of the headset on which a fingerprint of a headset wearer is placed during a validation process and a processor for processing the fingerprint scan to validate the identity of a headset user.02-12-2009
20130070977STANDARD CALIBRATION TARGET FOR CONTACTLESS FINGERPRINT SCANNERS - A contactless, three-dimensional fingerprint scanner apparatus, method, and system are described. The contactless fingerprint scanner can provide either, or both, topographical contrast of three-dimensional fingerprint features and optical contrast of a three-dimensional fingerprint surface. Data captured from scanning of a target with known geometric features mimicking fingerprint features can be examined as images or surface plots and analyzed for fidelity against the known target feature specifications to evaluate or validate device capture performance as well as interoperability. The target can be used by scanner vendors and designers to validate their devices, as well as to perform type certification.03-21-2013
20130136321FINGERPRINT DETECTION SENSOR AND METHOD OF DETECTING FINGERPRINT - There is provided a fingerprint detection sensor and a method of detecting a fingerprint. The fingerprint detection sensor according to embodiments of the present invention includes a plurality of piezoelectric sensors arranged on a two-dimensional plane; and a fingerprint detection unit detecting a fingerprint by using ultrasonic signals discharged from the plurality of respective piezoelectric sensors, wherein the fingerprint detection unit determines whether the fingerprint is a forged fingerprint by detecting bloodstreams within a first region on the two-dimensional plane in which the ultrasonic signals discharged from the plurality of respective piezoelectric sensors overlap one another.05-30-2013
20090092296FINGER VEIN IMAGE INPUTTING DEVICE AND APPARATUS USING THE SAME - There is a need for providing a finger vein image inputting device that can miniaturize and thin a finger vein authentication apparatus and provide high authentication accuracy. The finger vein image inputting device according to the present invention includes a body, a band pass filter for transmitting only light of a specific wavelength, a light source for applying light to a finger placed over the band pass filter, and an imaging means for imaging transmitted light from the finger. A gradient index lens is provided between the band pass filter and the imaging means and causes refractive-index distribution around an optical axis. A polarizing filter is provided at least one of between the light source and the finger and between the finger and an imaging device.04-09-2009
20130058544Method for Detecting a Fake Finger for Fingerprint Acquisition Software - A method for detecting a fake finger for fingerprint acquisition software with improved performance, the method implementing a static analysis step including a calculation of a Gray Level Run Length matrix of an image of a finger. Optionally, but preferably, the static analysis and a dynamic analysis are combined so as to optimize the ability to detect fake fingers.03-07-2013
20110013814METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTHENTICATING BIOMETRIC SCANNERS - A method and apparatus for authenticating a biometric scanner involves estimating unique intrinsic characteristics of the scanner (scanner pattern), that are permanent over time, and can identify a scanner even among scanners of the same manufacturer and model. Image processing and analysis are used to extract a scanner pattern from images acquired with the scanner. The scanner pattern is used to verify whether the scanner that acquired a particular image is the same as the scanner that acquired one or several images during enrollment of the biometric information. Authenticating the scanner can prevent subsequent security attacks using counterfeited biometric information on the scanner, or on the user authentication system.01-20-2011
20110013813ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING AUTHENTICATION FUNCTION AND AUTHENTICATION METHOD - An electronic device includes a sensor for acquiring data which is input while a relative position of the living body with respect to the sensor is changed, a first authentication portion for obtaining a first detection pattern based on a group of data acquired by the sensor during a period from the start of the acquisition of the data to detection of a stopped state of the change, and for executing a first authentication process by using the first detection pattern, and a second authentication portion for obtaining a second detection pattern different from the first detection pattern, based on a group of data acquired by the sensor during a period from the start of the acquisition of the data to the end of the acquisition of the data after the detection of the stopped state, and for executing a second authentication process by using the second detection pattern.01-20-2011
20090067684Variable Resolution Biometric Sensor - A variable resolution biometric sensing device includes a sensor manufacture for sensing a biometric stimulus. The sensor device is configured to output data having a resolution selected from among at least two selectable output resolutions.03-12-2009
20090232367Identifying device by biometrics information - In an identifying device for performing personal identification using biometrics information such as an iris, face, blood vessel pattern, auricle, fingerprint, palm print, hand print or the like, in order to surely discriminate a living body from a non-living body and to surely preclude illegal use by impersonation using a forged fingerprint or the like, a biometrics information input section samples/inputs biometrics information for verification as image information from a living body portion relatively moving with respect to this biometrics information input section, and living-body detection surfaces in a living-body detecting means is arranged in contact with or in the proximity to the living body portion being moved with respect to the biometrics information input section so as to input the biometrics information for verification.09-17-2009
20090046903Biometric Detection Using Spatial, Temporal, And/Or Spectral Techniques - A biometric feature detection system is provided according to one embodiment. The system may include a target, an illumination source, a color filter array, a light detector, and a computational unit. The illumination source illuminates a portion of the target with monochromatic light at a large angle of incidence measured from the normal of the target surface. The light detector may be configured to receive light from the target through the color-filter array and provide an image of the target surface. Each pixel of the light detector may correspond to one of a plurality of color filter mosaics such that each pixel detects light associated with a corresponding color filter. The computational unit may be interfaced with at least the light detector. The computational unit may include instructions to monitor the levels of monochromatic light and make proximity, presence and segmentation determinations based on the detected levels of monochromatic light.02-19-2009
20090010502Vehicle Occupant Protection System - An occupant protection system or comfort system for a vehicle having a plurality of adaptive protection system or comfort system components which are assigned to one respective vehicle seat. The system components and which can be adjusted by a stored safety and/or comfort profile relating to a person when the person is identified by a person identifying device for detecting biometric identification features of parts of a vehicle occupant's body. The person identifying device has a biometric sensor for identifying the vehicle occupant, as well as an arrangement for unambiguously assigning the vehicle occupant to a vehicle seat.01-08-2009
20110044513METHOD FOR N-WISE REGISTRATION AND MOSAICING OF PARTIAL PRINTS - A method and system for synthesizing multiple fingerprint images into a single synthesized fingerprint template. Sets of features are extracted from each of three or more fingerprint images. Pair-wise comparisons identifying correspondences between sets of features are performed between each set of features and every other set of features. Transformations (translation and rotation) for each set of features are simultaneously calculated based on the pair-wise correspondences, and each set of features is transformed accordingly. A synthesized fingerprint template is generated by simultaneously registering the transformed sets of features.02-24-2011
20090097720BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION METHOD - A biometric access control and time and attendance system comprises an integrated network including one or more remote access devices in electronic communication with a computer database. Each remote access device comprises a silicon chip based system and preferably includes a biometric input device, a liquid crystal display (LCD), computer processing capabilities, and an electrical output for controlling a door lock or the like. A plurality of remote access devices is configured for communication with a primary computer database wherein data corresponding to biometric samples for all authorized users is stored. In an embodiment wherein the biometric input devices comprise fingerprint scanners, the devices are configured to facilitate fingerprint identification by incorporating an auto-targeting capability that enables the user to simply place his or her finger on the fingerprint scanner whereafter the system adjusts the scanned image by automatically shifting the scanned image data to a properly targeted position thereby enabling the system compare the scanned print to the biometric samples in the system's data storage memory. The present invention contemplates the use of auto-targeting with other biometric systems, such as facial recognition and/or retinal scanning systems, or any other biometric identification technology.04-16-2009
20080219521Method and Algorithm for Accurate Finger Motion Tracking - Enhanced accuracy finger position and motion sensors devices, algorithms, and methods are disclosed that can be used in a variety of different applications. The sensors can be used in conjunction with partial fingerprint imagers to produce improved fingerprint scanners. The finger motion sensors may also be used (either with or without a partial fingerprint imager) to produce highly accurate fingerprint images as well as to control electronic devices. Here improved signal analysis algorithms and methods are disclosed that enable finger position to be determined with higher levels of accuracy as the finger is swiped over finger position sensing arrays. These algorithms are particularly useful for deep finger penetrating radio frequency (RF) based sensing arrays.09-11-2008
20110026783PERSONAL AUTHENTICATION METHOD USING SUBCUTANEOUS BLOODSTREAM MEASUREMENT AND PERSONAL AUTHENTICATION DEVICE - In a personal authentication method using the subcutaneous bloodstream measurement where an expanded laser beam is irradiated onto a finger pad, light reflected from a subcutaneous blood vessel layer is imaged on an image sensor as a laser speckle using an optical system, a quantity that represents the rate of change with respect to time of the amount of light received for each pixel of the laser speckle is calculated, the values are used as a two-dimensional map to obtain a map showing the bloodstream of the finger pad, and the bloodstream map is comparison-checked against pre-registered data of individuals, the laser speckle is imaged on the image sensor using a region separate from a region irradiated by the laser beam as an observation region of the image sensor. A device for use in the method is also provided. Relating to a method and device for authentication using, e.g., a finger print pattern on the basis of the laser speckle, an improved technique capable of extracting, e.g., the finger print pattern accurately is provided.02-03-2011
20080285818Fingerprint verification system for computerized course attendance and performance testing - This “Fingerprint Verification System for Computerized Course Attendance and Performance Testing”, relates to a new, useful, and significant means and method of verifying the identity of a computerized or computer-based course enrollee, and verifying said enrollee's attendance throughout the computer-based course, and the enrollee's identity during test taking throughout the course. Such a computer-based course may be online or off-line, but in both sets of embodiments, fingerprint identification of the enrollee is required, and at times, periodic, random, or a combination thereof, specifically designed to reliably verify the identity of the enrollee, and to overcome counter-measures an enrollee may attempt to enter a false positive fingerprint identification.11-20-2008
20090087043Image Reading Apparatus and Image Reading Method - An image reading apparatus is disclosed that includes a light emitting unit that illuminates light on an object; an image capturing device that receives incident light from the object and generates an electrical signal according to the intensity of the received incident light; an object detecting unit that detects the object being positioned close to the image capturing device; a disturbance light intensity determining unit that turns off the light emitting unit when the object detecting unit detects the object being positioned close to the image capturing device, controls the image capturing device to acquire pixel data of a predetermined number of pixels by imaging the object, and determines a disturbance light intensity based on the acquired pixel data; and a light accumulating time setting unit that sets a light accumulating time of the image capturing device based on the disturbance light intensity determined by the disturbance light intensity determining unit.04-02-2009
20110299744System and method for fingerprint recognition and collection at points-of-sale and points-of-entry - A method of apprehending a criminal, including scanning fingerprint images from a contact area of at least one item at a point-of-sale (POS) location and/or point-of-entry (POE) location and transmitting the fingerprint images to a local or remote electronic device to identify the criminal is presented. A fingerprint recognition and collection device is also presented including a fingerprint scanner for scanning fingerprint images from a contact area of at least one item; a transmitting unit for transmitting the fingerprint images; a receiving unit for receiving the fingerprint images; and an analyzing unit for analyzing the fingerprint images to identify persons of interest. The fingerprint scanner operates concurrently with a price scanner and/or ticket scanner. The fingerprint scanner is fixedly secured at the POS location and/or the POE location and operates concurrently with the price scanner and/or ticket scanner.12-08-2011
20110286639FINGERPRINT SCANNING WITH A CAMERA - A photography subsystem is configured to be operated in fingerprint scanning mode and a normal mode. An autofocus module may be initialized to control a lens with an initial focal length set according to received instructions indicating one of the modes of operation. An image signal processor associated with the photography subsystem may process images received from the photography subsystem and, if necessary, process the images to form a candidate digital fingerprint for use in an authentication process.11-24-2011
20110286641Sensor System Having A Platen With A Dome-Shaped Contact Surface - A sensor system and a method for collecting information about a surface of an object are disclosed. The sensor has a plurality of detectors and a platen. The platen has a contact surface, at least part of which is dome-shaped. When the surface of an object is in contact with the contact surface, an energy signal may be sent to toward the contact surface, and the detectors may detect the reflected signal. The detected signal may be used to provide information about the object's surface, including an image of the surface.11-24-2011
20110286640ROLLED FINGERPRINT ACQUISITION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY DETECTING START AND END OF REGISTRATION AND SYNTHESIS - Provided are a rolled fingerprint acquisition apparatus and method for automatically detecting the start and end of registration and synthesis to acquire an accurate fingerprint. The rolled fingerprint acquisition apparatus compares at least one of fingerprint characteristic information and the amount of variation between the fingerprint characteristic information to reference fingerprint characteristic information to determine whether to start or end registration and synthesis, wherein the fingerprint characteristic information is information about fingerprints included in rolled fingerprint frames that are sequentially acquired, and registers and synthesizes the rolled fingerprint frames according to the result of the determination.11-24-2011
20090067686FINGER SENSING APPARATUS USING HYBRID MATCHING AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A finger sensing apparatus may include a finger sensor including an integrated circuit (IC) substrate, an array of finger sensing elements on the IC substrate, and match circuitry on the IC substrate for performing final finger matching. The finger sensing apparatus may also include a host platform cooperating with the array of finger sensing elements for performing at least one finger prematch function. In addition, the finger sensor and the host platform may implement at least one security function therebetween. The at least one security function may include a watermarking function, and/or an encryption/decryption function.03-12-2009
20080310689SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MOVEABLE BARRIER OPERATOR - The presence of a first human fingerprint at the fingerprint scanner. The first human fingerprint is analyzed to determine whether the first human fingerprint has been previously learned by the barrier movement operator. When the first human fingerprint is determined to be previously learned, a first command is sent to actuate a moveable barrier operator. Within a predetermined time period after the first human fingerprint has been determined to be previously learned, the presence of a second human fingerprint is sensed at the fingerprint scanner. Without analyzing the second fingerprint, a second command is sent to actuate the moveable barrier operator. The first fingerprint and the second fingerprint may be from the same or different users.12-18-2008
20080310690BIOMETRICAL FEATURE INPUTTING SYSTEM, IMAGE SYNTHESIZING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE SYNTHESIZING METHOD - A biometrical feature inputting system including: an imager placed in front of a finger, for imaging an image of a front face of the finger, and an image of either one of lateral faces of the finger; a reflector placed on at least one side of lateral faces of the figure, for reflecting an image of lateral faces of the finger to the imager; and a synthesizer for applying mirror inversion to an imaged image of lateral faces of the finger, and synthesizing a mirror-inverted image of lateral faces of the finger and an imaged image of a front face of the finger.12-18-2008
20100046809System and Method For Correlating Fingerprints For Automated Intelligence - A system and method for correlating fingerprints in an Information Technology (IT) infrastructure for automated intelligence, where a fingerprint provides an indication of the activity and operation of the IT infrastructure immediately preceding an event. It is determined whether a correlation exists between multiple fingerprints to determine whether such fingerprints separately indicate the occurrence of the event for the same reason. If a degree of match is found to exist between the rule sets of multiple fingerprints that exceeds a certain threshold, the fingerprints are determined to indicate the occurrence of the event for the same reason and the rule sets for those fingerprints can be merged together with the probabilities that such rules will indicate the occurrence of the event adjusted accordingly. In one or more embodiments, the fingerprint matching correlation procedures are implemented to account for time or phase shifts between the rule sets in two fingerprints.02-25-2010
20100008552APPARATUS FOR DISTINGUISHING LIVING BODY FINGERPRINT AND METHOD THEREOF - An apparatus for distinguishing living body fingerprint from artificial fingerprint and a method thereof are provided. A living body recognition unit determines whether fingerprint in question is living body fingerprint or not, based on the unique color of the living body fingerprint and a change of the fingerprint color which is caused due to a change of contact pressure when the living body fingerprint is contacted with the fingerprint input window. A fingerprint recognition apparatus computes color information from the fingerprint image acquired by the color image sensor, and color change information based on the change of contact pressure, and determines whether the fingerprint in question is the living body fingerprint by determining whether or not the computed color information meets a reference color range and/or if the color change information meets a reference condition.01-14-2010
20090290764System and Method for Media Fingerprint Indexing - A fingerprint and indexing service is implemented to receive a media object and generate a fingerprint corresponding to the media object. The fingerprint and indexing service may segment the fingerprint into frames and generate a confidence value for each bit within each frame. The confidence values may be added together and totaled, such that each frame has a corresponding confidence score. The frames may be ranked, according to their confidence scores. N of the top ranked frames may be selected as the index. Subsequently, a search component may determine the index values for a query media object. The database of media objects may be searched for matching index values for fingerprints with fingerprint lengths matching the query media object's length. Once a match is declared, the fingerprints of the query media object and the matching media objects within the database may be compared to determine if a match exists.11-26-2009
20090154779SYSTEM AND METHOD TO REMOVE ARTIFACTS FROM FINGERPRINT SENSOR SCANS - A method and device for removing common artifacts, such as stiction, from fingerprint scans created by partial fingerprint scanners. The partial fingerprint scanner data is assessed to determine if successive partial fingerprint images are overly similar to each other, which can occur during stiction. If this similarity exceeds a preset threshold, then at least some of the overly similar partial images will be removed (redacted) from the overall image dataset. The complete overall image is generated from the redacted data set. This method is particularly useful for creating “intelligent” low-cost, low power partial fingerprint scanners and scanner driver chips that can pre-process the partial fingerprint data that is generated during the course of a finger swipe, and remove stiction artifacts on a real-time or near-real time basis using relatively simple and low power on-chip processing circuits, and then send the corrected data to more sophisticated processors for subsequent fingerprint analysis.06-18-2009
20090190805SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FINGERPRINT RECOGNITION - A fingerprint recognition system for an electronic device includes an input module, a computational module, and a database. The input module receives initial and subsequent fingerprint templates, and a unique character code. The computational module calculates a unique key for the initial fingerprint template on the basis of the character code to establish security, and a check key for the subsequent fingerprint template on the basis of the character code. The computational module removes the security for the electronic device when the check key matches the unique key. The database stores the initial fingerprint template and the unique key. An electronic device including the fingerprint recognition system, and a fingerprint recognition method are also disclosed.07-30-2009
20100266169BIOMETRIC INFORMATION OBTAINMENT APPARATUS, BIOMETRIC INFORMATION OBTAINMENT METHOD, COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM ON OR IN WHICH BIOMETRIC INFORMATION OBTAINMENT PROGRAM IS RECORDED, AND BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS - A biometric information sensing apparatus, including a width detection device that detects a width of a biometric part in a biometric information image collected by a collection device that collects the biometric information image of the biometric part; a narrowing position detection device that detects a narrowing position of the biometric part in the biometric information image on the basis of the width; an orientation information obtainment device that obtains orientation information related to the biometric part in the biometric information image; and a determination device that determines a collection status of the biometric information image on the basis of the orientation information near the narrowing position.10-21-2010
20090310830Anonymous and Revocable Fingerprint Recognition - A biometric representation of a fingerprint from which the original biometric cannot be recovered (privacy) and which can be canceled and reissued. For example, based on an individual's token, the representation can be scrambled uniquely to the individual. From the scrambled biometric representation it is not feasible to reconstruct the biometric and if the representation is compromised, a new one is easily issued. In another aspect, if a biometric can be represented by some other one-dimensional structure, a distance or similarity measure is defined to compare biometrics. Verification decisions can be made based on the distance between or similarity of biometrics.12-17-2009
20120321149FINGERPRINT SENSORS - A sensor for detecting fingerprints is provided having first and second substrates, a two-dimensional array of sensing elements formed on the first substrate, and a plurality of thin-film transistors or TFTs for controlling the sensing elements at pixel location along the array. Each of the sensing elements detects one of electrical signals (e.g., capacitance, resistance, or impedance), temperature, or light via one of the first or second substrates representative of one or more fingerprints. The top of the second substrate or the bottom of the first substrate may provide a platen upon which one or more fingers can be disposed. The sensor may be utilized in a fingerprint scanner having one or more processors driving sensing elements or reading from sensing elements analog signals representative of one or more fingerprints, and generating an image representative of the one or more fingerprints from the analog signals.12-20-2012
20100119124System and Method for Improved Scanning of Fingerprint Edges - A fingerprint analysis method for partial fingerprint scanners that has an improved ability to resolve fingerprints from the tips of fingers, as well as an improved ability to cope with suboptimal finger swipes. The method uses various extrapolation methods to more accurately determine the position of a scanned fingertip is as the tip of the finger passes a partial fingerprint scanner. The method also monitors the image characteristics of the partial fingerprint image returned by the partial fingerprint scanner, and uses these image characteristics to determine exactly where the image of the fingertip itself is lost, and imaging of non-fingerprint data begins. By combining the most probable fingertip position as a function of time data obtained from extrapolated finger motion data, with image analyzed fingerprint images more precisely determined to be near the fingertip edges, superior fingerprint images extending closer to the edge of the fingerprint may be obtained.05-13-2010
20090208069Capacitive Fingerprint Sensor and the Panel Thereof - A capacitive fingerprint sensor comprises a fingerprint capacitor, an integrator, a first transistor, a second transistor and a multiplexer. The fingerprint capacitor has a capacitance that is either a valley capacitance C08-20-2009
20110200236System for Logging Biometric Data - A system for gathering and storing biometric data relating to a portable biometric device that is configured to scan and save the footprint image of an infant, while also automatically compartmentalizing the footprint image into a designated file that also includes an employee identification information of the footprint taker, biometric data of the parent, and both infant and mother wristband identification information. The data and images are collected at the same time, and then time and date stamped, to ensure that no mistakes are made.08-18-2011
20100098303Fingerprint detection device and method and associated touch control device with fingerprint detection - A fingerprint detection device and method and an associated touch control device with fingerprint detection are disclosed. The fingerprint detection device includes special detecting units for upgrading the accuracy of fingerprint detection. The fingerprint detection device comprises a plurality of detecting units, a driving circuit and a reading circuit. Each detecting unit includes a fingerprint electrode and a storage capacitor coupled to the fingerprint electrode. A sense capacitor can be formed between the fingerprint electrode and a finger, where the sense capacitor is parallel connected to the storage capacitor. The driving circuit is coupled to the detecting units and provides a charging signal to charge an equivalent capacitor of each detecting unit, where the capacitance of the equivalent capacitor is determined according to whether the sense capacitor is formed within the detecting unit. The reading circuit is coupled to the detecting units and reads the voltage of the storage capacitor after the equivalent capacitor is charged, so as to determine whether the detecting unit detects a portion of fingerprint and the detected portion is a furrow or ridge.04-22-2010
20090087044Finger Contact Detecting Apparatus, Finger Contact Detecting Method, Fingerprint Reading Apparatus and Fingerprint Reading Method - A finger contact detecting apparatus, which detects a finger being swept on a fingerprint sensor of the finger contact detecting apparatus, the finger contact detecting apparatus including, a pixel data averaging unit calculating an average value of pixel data collected by the fingerprint sensor; a deviation adding unit calculating, based on the average value and respective pixel data of predetermined pixels obtained by the fingerprint sensor, a summation of deviations of the respective pixel data of the predetermined pixels; and a finger contact detecting unit determining whether the finger is separated from the fingerprint sensor based on the summation of deviations and a predetermined threshold value.04-02-2009
20100080424FINGERPRINT AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM AND OPERATION METHOD - A fingerprint authentication system with a slide sensor provides guidance to help the user swipe his or her fingertip across the slide sensor at the ideal speed by modulating a pulse signal according to the swipe speed and converting the modulated pulse signal to an audible tone with a pitch that varies with the swipe speed, or to an equivalent visible display.04-01-2010
20120269406ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR COLLECTING FINGER DATA AND DISPLAYING A FINGER MOVEMENT TRACE AND RELATED METHODS - An electronic device may include a finger sensor, a display, and a controller coupled to the finger sensor and the display. The controller may be configured to collect finger data from multiple portions of a user's finger as the user's finger is moved around on the finger sensor along a finger travel path. The controller may also be configured to generate on the display a finger movement trace corresponding to the finger movement travel path.10-25-2012
20090141952Electronic seal apparatus, electronic seal system, and method for controlling the electronic seal apparatus - An electronic seal apparatus causes an image displaying/reading apparatus to display an electronic document. The electronic seal apparatus includes (i) a storage section for storing first identification information to be used for identifying a first digit of a user of the image displaying/reading apparatus and a first seal image of the user in association with each other, (ii) a digit identifying section for determining based on the first identification information whether or not a digit indicated on a subject image that is read by the image displaying/reading apparatus while the electronic document is displayed by the image displaying/reading apparatus is the first digit, and (iii) a sealing section for sealing onto the electronic document, in a case where the digit indicated on the subject image is determined to be the first digit, a seal image associated with the first identification information. This makes it possible to develop a system in which a seal image can be electronically sealed after finger authentication is performed even if a finger authentication scanner solely dedicated for reading an image from a digit is not provided.06-04-2009
20100098302APPARATUS FOR DISTINGUISHING FORGED FINGERPRINT AND METHOD THEREOF - An apparatus for distinguishing forged fingerprint and a method thereof are disclosed. A different threshold angle for total reflection is applied when forged fingerprint is touched on a fingerprint input surface of a prism, and the forged fingerprint distinguishing apparatus and method use the above fact. Accordingly, using a separate light source, from which a ray of light is emitted with a light axis at a predetermined range of incident angle, acquired fingerprint image is compared and it is determined whether the fingerprint image corresponds to authentic fingerprint or forged one.04-22-2010
20090279750Fingerprint reader - A fingerprint reader includes a base that is provided with a round concave which is roundly recessed along at least a predetermined direction in a part of a surface of the base; a projection section that is arranged in one end of the round concave in the predetermined direction, and that protrudes from a concave surface of the round concave; and a fingerprint sensor that has an operation surface on the projection section, and that detects a fingerprint of a finger which passes on the operation surface in the predetermined direction.11-12-2009
20090324027Fraud Detection in Seals - A method of verifying a carved seal includes detecting a pressure on a carved seal stamp is detected through pins extending from a face of the carved stamp steal. It is determined if the pressure indicates that the seal is being pressed. A fingerprint of a user of the seal is read when it is determined that the seal is being pressed. An image of an object being stamped by the seal is photographed if the pressure indicates that the seal is being pressed. A time that the seal is being pressed is determined if the pressure indicates that the seal is being pressed. A location of the seal is determined if the pressure indicates that the seal is being pressed. An audio note is recorded if the pressure indicates that the seal is being pressed. The fingerprint, time, and location is associated with the photograph of the image of the object being stamped by the seal. The information is encoded into a face of the seal to indicate that the fingerprint was determined to belong to an authorized user.12-31-2009
20090097719SECURE DATA STORAGE DEVICE AND METHOD OF STORING AND RETRIEVING USER DATA - In a portable and secure data storage device 04-16-2009
20110170750Pulse-Rate Detection Using a Fingerprint Sensor - Provided is a fingerprint sensor configured for detecting a pulse of a human or other mammal. A time series of fingerprint images is analyzed to identify time-based variations in spatial location and/or pressure from ridges of a finger, where the variations result from time-based variations in the flow of blood. Based on the analysis, a determination is made if the time-based variations are indicative of a pulse in a digit of the person, and if so, a determination is made as to the pulse rate based on the variations. Imaging sensitivity of the digit at the fingerprint sensor is optimized for determination of the pulse. The time series of fingerprint images is also analyzed to determine if there is bulk motion of the digit, in which case pulse rate analysis is temporarily suspended.07-14-2011
20090274346Fast Navigation Technique - Provided is a method for analyzing image slices. The method includes extracting first and second sub-slices from first and second image slices, respectively, and computing a shift between the first and second image slices based on the first and second sub-slices. The first and second sub-slices overlap.11-05-2009
20090279749Methods and Apparatus for Digit Swipe Sensor Data Streaming - Methods and apparatus for processing biometric digit data variously include scanning a digit in a transverse direction relative to an array of sensor elements, detecting the scanned digit and/or a predetermined characteristic of the scanned digit, outputting from individual sensor elements of the array of sensor elements respective continuous streams of biometric data associated with the scanned digit, discrete sampling the respective continuous streams of data, and reconstructing the discrete sampled data. The discrete sampled data may be directly reconstructed, e.g., in accordance with a reconstruction characteristic associated with detecting and/or discrete sampling the scanned digit, to form a biometric characteristic image associated with the digit. Optionally, the respective continuous streams of data may be stored for later discrete sampling, or discrete sampled data may be stored for later reconstruction to form a biometric characteristic image associated with the digit.11-12-2009
20090279748Method and system for multi-mode mechanical resonator - Provided is a fingerprint sensor including one or more mechanical devices for capturing the fingerprint. The resonators are configured to be mechanically damped based upon an applied load.11-12-2009
20090285458APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FINGERPRINT CAPTURE - A device and method for allowing secure self-capture of multifold fingerprint impressions. The device includes a strip of fingerprint labels wrapped about a tubular ergonomic roller. A subject inserts the thumb of a first hand into the ergonomic roller and grips the roller between his thumb and forefinger. The subject then rolls the inked tip of a finger on his second hand across a label in a first rotational direction while rotating the ergonomic roller in an opposite rotational direction. To prevent fraudulent substitution of fingerprinting materials that are distributed to a subject, the materials are marked with machine readable invisible barcodes that are associated with a unique identification number. After a subject captures his fingerprints and submits his materials to a trusted observer, the barcodes on the materials are compared to the identification number to determine whether the materials submitted are in-fact those that were distributed to the subject.11-19-2009
20090103787Sliding type thin fingerprint sensor package - A sliding type thin fingerprint sensor package defined as a sliding region and a conductive portion comprises a substrate, a fingerprint sensor chip and a metal plate. The fingerprint sensor chip is electrically connected with the substrate and a sensing region of the fingerprint sensor chip is exposed by a window of the dielectric layer. The metal plate is electrically connected with the substrate and a sliding surface of the metal plate is close to the sensing region of the fingerprint sensor chip. The sensing region and the sliding surface are exposed by the window of the dielectric layer. The sensing region of the fingerprint sensor chip and the sliding surface of the metal plate are located at the sliding region, and a plurality of external contact pads on a circuit layer of the substrate are located at the conductive portion.04-23-2009
20090296997Method and apparatus for securing a computer - A platform independent computer access system including a mounting apparatus, a proximity sensor, fingerprint sensor, and instruction set. The mounting apparatus is an adjustable, platform independent mounting solution for conveniently locating at least one security device. The proximity sensor defines an acceptable range, within which the user is able to maintain access to a computer. The fingerprint sensor enables the user to regain access to a computer on which a security program has been activated. Finally, the instruction set enables the system's operation and also allows a system administrator the ability to tailor system operating characteristics to the specific requirements of the application.12-03-2009
20100278397Authentication Device And Authentication Method - An authentication can be carried out with high accuracy even when there is a change in an amount of incident light, the air temperature, the body temperature, or a manner to place a finger on a scanner.11-04-2010
20090003664FINGER SENSING WITH ENHANCED MOUNTING AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A finger sensor may include a finger sensing integrated circuit (IC) having a finger sensing area, an IC carrier having a cavity receiving the finger sensing IC therein and having at least one beveled upper edge, and a frame surrounding at least a portion of an upper perimeter of the IC carrier and having at least one inclined surface corresponding to the at least one beveled upper edge of the IC carrier. The finger sensor may also include a biasing member for biasing the IC carrier into alignment within the frame. The biasing member may include at least one resilient body for biasing the IC carrier upward within the frame. In other embodiments, the finger sensor may include an IC carrier having a cavity receiving the finger sensing IC therein and having at least one laterally extending projection. The frame may surround at least a portion of an upper perimeter of the IC carrier and have at least one shoulder cooperating with the at least one laterally extending projection of the IC carrier to define at least one upward stop.01-01-2009
20100135542System and methods for biometric identification on smart devices using multos - Biometric enrollment and identification, including authorization and access, capability for integrated circuit chips (“ICCs”) using the multi-application operating system (“MULTOS”). The ICC of a smart device reviews biometric data to authenticate identity in order to grant or deny a user instant or real-time access to secured information. A match-on-chip (“MOC”) algorithm of the ICC performs a one-to-one correspondence for comparing a stored reference template of an individual biometric element and a live sample template.06-03-2010
20090169071Pseudo-Translucent Integrated Circuit Package - An integrated circuit (IC) package includes at least one light source disposed together with an IC structure within an encapsulation structure. The material forming the encapsulation structure is generally opaque. Accordingly, the light source and at least a portion of the IC are not visible to the unaided human eye. The thickness and geometry of the encapsulation are such that when the light source is caused to emit light, the encapsulation structure permits at least a portion of that light to be visible to a user. The IC may be a portion of a fingerprint sensor, exposed for receiving a fingertip of a user. The light source, or a plurality of such light sources, may be functional (e.g., providing visual indication of the of the condition or state of an item of hardware or software, assist the user in operation of a device), be primarily aesthetic, or a combination thereof.07-02-2009
20090169070Control of electronic device by using a person's fingerprints - The present invention can include systems and methods for controlling an electronic device by detecting and using a person's fingerprints. A device can store user input signatures, including fingerprint signatures. The user input signatures can, in turn, be associated with user-selectable commands. When a user provides user input (including fingerprints) to the electronic device that matches one of the stored user input signatures, the device can initiate the associated user-selectable command.07-02-2009
20090169069Apparatus for Inputting Optical Data Using Optical Fiber - Disclosed herein is an apparatus for inputting optical data. The optical data input apparatus includes an image sensor, a bundle of optical fibers, and a light emission device. One end surface of the bundle of optical fibers is arranged close to the image sensor, and the other end surface of the bundle of optical fibers is arranged close to an image acquisition surface. The light emission device radiates light onto the image acquisition surface. The end surface (light receiving surface) of the bundle of optical fibers, which is arranged close to the image acquisition surface, is spaced apart from the image acquisition surface. Optical signals radiated by the light emission device are radiated to a space between the image acquisition surface and the light receiving surface, are reflected or scattered on the image acquisition surface, and are received by the bundle of optical fibers.07-02-2009
20100266168FINGERPRINT MATCHING METHOD AND APPARATUS - Exemplary embodiments of method and apparatus for processing the images of fingerprints can be provided. For example, aligned images can be subjected to a tessellation process, whereas each image can be partitioned into a number of regions. Within each region at least one parameter associated with the ridges can be measured and stored. Such exemplary parameter can include, e.g., the prevailing ridge orientation, the average ridge separation and the phase of the ridges. The data can be projected and stored in a multidimensional coordinate system, whereas the representations of any two data can be separated by an amount corresponding to the dissimilarity of these data.10-21-2010
20080267464IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM RECORDED WITH PROGRAM THEREOF - The present invention provides a mechanism for re-registering a paper fingerprint that may change. A configuration for this includes: a extracting means that extracts a paper fingerprint of a sheet surface and coded information on the paper fingerprint; a means that decodes the coded information extracted by the extracting means; a matching means that matches paper fingerprint data decoded by the decoding means with data of the extracted paper fingerprint; and a re-registration prompting means that performs a display to prompt a re-registration based on a result of matching by the matching means.10-30-2008
20080267463FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION APPARATUS AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING SAME - A fingerprint identification apparatus includes an image pickup module and a digital camera module. The image pickup module including a beam splitter that includes a first surface, a second surface adjoining the first surface, a third surface opposite to the second surface; and a lighting module disposed facing towards the first surface and configured for emitting parallel light beams toward the first surface. The digital camera module is disposed facing towards the second surface and configured for capturing a fingerprint of a user or taking pictures; and a fingerprint identification module for distinguishing similarity between the captured fingerprint and a previously registered image.10-30-2008
20090123038OPTICAL BIOMETRIC ACQUISITION DEVICE WITH INFORMATION DISPLAY INTENDED FOR THE USER - The invention concerns a biometric capture optical device (05-14-2009
20100272329Fingerprint sensing assemblies and methods of making - A fingerprint sensing module includes a sensor substrate having a sensing side and a circuit side, an image sensor including conductive traces on the circuit side of the sensor substrate, and a sensor circuit including at least one integrated circuit mounted on the circuit side of the sensor substrate and electrically connected to the image sensor. The sensor substrate may be a flexible substrate. The module may include a velocity sensor on the sensor substrate or on a separate substrate. The module may further include a rigid substrate, and the sensor substrate may be affixed to the rigid substrate.10-28-2010
20080317301LOW POWER FINGERPRINT CAPTURE SYSTEM, APPARATUS, AND METHOD - The present invention provides a large format fingerprint capture apparatus, system and method that is low power, compact, and lightweight and has a platen area greater than 3.0 square inches. The present system is typically powered, controlled, and exchanges data over a single data/control/power connection to a host PC, e.g., a desk top computer, PDA, or laptop computer although the system can also be used in a wireless fashion with a power subsystem so no physical connections are required. In a preferred embodiment the large format fingerprint device is directly connected to a completely disconnected portable PC, such as a laptop having only a battery power source. The primary system components of the present invention combine to minimize power, size and weight and, thus, enhance portability and battery life. The system typically includes a light source, a prism, a camera (including the lens), and a case. Optional elements comprise holographic elements such as gratings and holographic optical elements (HOEs), a battery subsystem, magnetic stripe reader, barcode reader, platen heater, platen blower, and mirrors to divert the image beam.12-25-2008
20080317303Imaging device and apparatus installed with the same - An imaging device includes a light source layer having imaging light source units for radiating the imaging light containing a first wavelength on an object to be imaged, a detection layer having detection elements for detecting the light of the first wavelength radiated from the light source units, and a light-blocking unit interposed between the light source layer and the detection layer. The light source layer is held between the detection layer and the object to be imaged. The light-blocking unit is arranged in such a manner as to block the direct radiation of at least part of the light radiated from the light source units to the detection elements.12-25-2008
20080317299IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF - Even when multiple document-data images are imposed on a sheet, a paper fingerprint registration can be performed securely with single processing and collation processing can be performed also after cutting of the sheet. An image forming apparatus according to the present invention, the image forming apparatus including: a imposition information acquisition unit acquiring imposition information specified for a sheet to perform acquisition of paper fingerprint; a paper fingerprint acquisition region calculation unit that calculates a region for the paper fingerprint acquisition according to the imposition information acquired by the imposition information acquisition unit; and a paper fingerprint information acquisition unit that acquiring region of paper fingerprint according to the region calculated by the paper fingerprint acquisition region calculation unit.12-25-2008
20090028396Biometrics authentication system - A biometrics authentication system includes: a detection section; a light source section including a plurality of unit light sources capable of illuminating independently of one another; an image pickup device being arranged on the same side as a side where the light source section is arranged with respect to the detection section; a driving section driving the light source section so that the unit light sources periodically illuminate by time division, and driving the image pickup device so that while an image pickup operation by a first image pickup cell group positioned near each of illuminating unit light sources is suspended, an image pickup operation by a second image pickup cell group positioned farther from each of illuminating unit light sources than the first image pickup cell group is performed; an image processing section; and an authentication section.01-29-2009
20090161924ONE TIME PASSWORD GENERATING METHOD AND APPARATUS - The invention relates to a one-time password generating method and an apparatus. The method includes steps of collecting fingerprint images, extracting fingerprint feature data from those fingerprint images, and comparing the fingerprint feature data with one or more pre-stored fingerprint feature templates for authentication. After the authentication is passed, a one-time password is generated by the corresponding fingerprint feature template or a user's secret corresponding to the template. The invention also discloses a one-time password apparatus, including a fingerprint collecting unit, a fingerprint feature extracting unit, a storage unit, a comparison unit, a one-time password generating unit, a control unit, and an output unit. By adding fingerprint authentication function to a one-time password generating apparatus, the invention avoids disadvantages such as no user authentication in the present apparatus, only for a single user, and imitation of the apparatus by others when it is lost or theft, as a result, increases security of the apparatus.06-25-2009
20090185726IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTHENTICATION OF USER - The imaging apparatus for recognizing an image of the present invention determines for recognition a user by imaging a recognition pattern of a palm or a finger. The imaging apparatus for recognizing an image comprising a palm guide unit for guiding an imaging area of a palm, a finger guide unit for guiding an imaging area of a finger, and an imaging unit for imaging biometric data of the imaging areas of the palm and finger.07-23-2009
20090185724METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY RECOGNIZING FINGERPRINTS - The present invention relates to a method of automatically recognizing fingerprints, consisting in establishing a database by digitizing images of fingerprints of individuals, by detecting the corresponding minutiae, by selecting the most discriminating minutiae, by storing the characteristic parameters of these minutiae, then, in the step for recognizing prints of a given individual, in digitizing the fingerprints of this individual, in detecting the minutiae of these fingerprints, in storing their characteristic parameters, in comparing these parameters with those stored in the database, and it is characterized in that, on establishing the database and on taking prints of said given individual, for each print in the database and of the individual concerned, at least the spectra of the selected minutiae are stored as characteristic parameters of the minutiae, and in that, after comparison of the characteristic parameters of the prints of the individual with the corresponding parameters of the prints in the database, a score is deduced for each of the duly performed comparisons, and the decision is made07-23-2009
20080317304Electronic apparatus - An electoronic apparatus includes a first housing; a second housing that has a periphery having a first edge, and a second edge intersecting the first edge; and a coupling unit that has a first rotation axis in a direction intersecting with the surface of the first housing, and couples the first housing and the first edge of the second housing so that the second housing is rotatable about the first rotation axis with respect to the first housing. The electoronic apparatus further incldues; a fingerprint reading sensor provided on the first edge of the second housing; and an antenna that is incorporated into the second edge of the second housing.12-25-2008
20090324025Physical Access Control Using Dynamic Inputs from a Portable Communications Device - Methods and apparatus for controlling access to a secure facility are disclosed, wherein a determination of whether access is permitted is based at least in part on a digital image of one or more predetermined features of the secure facility. In an exemplary method, an image of a predetermined feature of the secure facility is captured by a user device and compared to stored security data corresponding to the secure facility. A determination of whether access to the secure facility is permitted is made, based on the results of the comparison. The predetermined feature may be a security mechanism attached to the secure facility, for example, or may be textual information, a graphical image, or a machine-readable code posted at the security facility.12-31-2009
20090067691AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS, REGISTRATION METHOD, COLLATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM - An authentication apparatus and authentication method which can improve the authentication accuracy are provided. The authentication apparatus consecutively picks up a biological authentication object of a predetermined biological part from different directions in series, and maps a plurality of images which are obtained as the consecutive image pickup result in series to a body of a figuration corresponding to the biological part with a point on the biological authentication object in the images being the criteria, and registers the respective images mapped to the body in a storage medium as information for collation with an image to be collated which is obtained by picking up an image from an arbitrary direction.03-12-2009
20090232368AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS - An authentication apparatus is provided. A forgery determination threshold is determined on the basis of two types of parameters, a forgery similarity and a forgery difficulty. If a calculated value for an object under test is lower than or equal to the forgery determination threshold, then, it is determined that the object is a biologic object. Thus, easiness in impersonation with a fake of a biologic object that is easy to forge may be reduced, and a false rejection due to a determination in which a biologic object is erroneously determined as a fake may be reduced.09-17-2009
20090208070DEVICE FOR ACQUIRING IMAGES OF PATTERNS FORMED BY FURROWS IN THE SKIN OF FINGERS OR THE PALM OF THE HAND - A device for acquiring images of a print of at least a portion of a user's hand, the device comprising a stand defining an acquisition zone extending substantially in a plane, an optical acquisition member that is fastened to the stand to have a field of view covering the acquisition zone, and a processor unit connected to the acquisition member to process an image signal coming therefrom, wherein: 08-20-2009
20090226050System and apparatus for securing an item using a biometric lock - A system and apparatus for securing an item using a biometric lock where a matching fingerprint allows a user access to the item secured. In one embodiment, the item is a container with an aperture. More specifically, the container is a handbag, luggage, briefcase, computer bag, storage container, shipping container or gun holster. In one embodiment, the biometric lock apparatus is self contained and is applied to the item being secured. More specifically, the self contained biometric lock is a padlock, bicycle lock, or an independent lock with a shackle applied to an item. In one embodiment, the biometric lock is divided into multiple components, one component being a biometric key containing a sensor where a user inserts the key into another component of the lock and applies a finger to the sensor to read a matching fingerprint and unlock the mechanism. In one embodiment, the systems and apparatuses include utilizing an unlocking apparatus that contains a generator whereby the swiping of a fingerprint over a sensor simultaneously moves a thumb roller which activates the generator to power the device, and a fingerprint is initially installed through the use of an external computer and a secondary power source.09-10-2009
20090252386Apparatus and Method for Reducing Parasitic Capacitive Coupling and Noise in Fingerprint Sensing Circuits - A fingerprint sensing circuit for reducing noise and parasitic capacitive coupling is disclosed in one embodiment of the invention as including a plurality of transmitting elements to sequentially emit a probing signal. A digital ground is provided to ground digital components in the fingerprint sensing circuit. A quiet ground, separate from and quieter than the digital ground, is provided to ground transmitting elements that are not transmitting the probing signal. Similarly, control logic is provided to connect, to the quiet ground, transmitting elements that are not transmitting the probing signal, while disconnecting, from the quiet ground, transmitting elements that are emitting the probing signal. The quiet ground helps to reduce the adverse effects of parasitic capacitive coupling and noise on the inactive transmitting elements.10-08-2009
20090245596AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS AND AUTHENTICATION METHOD - The present invention relates to authentication information using bio information such as fingerprints. Identification accuracy whether a living body or a forgery (non living body) is improved to prevent an authentication error The present invention particularly relates to an authentication apparatus (a fingerprint authentication apparatus), an authentication method, an authentication program and a recording medium. By detecting characteristics not shown in a living body that a forgery (non-living body) has, the characteristic such as uniform reducing feature by the passage of time of a gummy finger (a false finger) made like a bio finger, whether a living body or a forgery is determined, a determination error of a living body by a forgery is prevented, and authentication accuracy of a living body is enhanced.10-01-2009
20080260216Method for Encrypting and Identifying Fingerprint Image in Fingerprint-Identifying System - A method for fingerprint image encryption and recognition in the fingerprint recognition system includes: inputting a characteristic fingerprint image through a fingerprint acquisition device of the said system by a user as per a selected angle of imaging; extracting characteristic data from said characteristic fingerprint image; and storing said characteristic data in a form of data module to complete the encryption of the fingerprint image. A method of the present invention may change the data information of existing individual fingerprint characteristics by changing the angle of imaging when a fingerprint is input into the system so that the fingerprint image can be encrypted. Thus, the adverse consequences of a stolen fingerprint image can be avoided despite of objective openness of individual fingerprints. Methods of the invention minimize the security risks and protect users' interests.10-23-2008
20090252387IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR AUTHENTICATION OF USER - The imaging apparatus for authenticating a user can quickly perform matching step of the inputted biometric data. This apparatus for authenticating the user includes an imaging unit for imaging a guided finger and a guided palm, a matching data storing unit for storing the determined finger image and the determined palm image, and a matching unit for matching the imaged finger image and the imaged palm image with the stored finger image and the stored palm image. The matching unit selects the finger image having the similar feature amount based on the imaged finger image and authenticates a user based on the result of matching of the palm image corresponding to the selected finger image with the imaged palm image.10-08-2009
20090252385Apparatus and Method for Reducing Noise In Fingerprint Sensing Circuits - An apparatus for reducing noise in fingerprint sensing circuits is disclosed in one embodiment of the invention as including a fingerprint sensing area onto which a user can apply a fingerprint. An analog front end is coupled to the fingerprint sensing area and is configured to generate an analog response signal. An analog-to-digital converter (ADC) samples the analog response signal and converts the sample to a digital value, which may be received by a digital device such as a processor or CPU. To reduce the amount of the noise that is present in the analog response signal and therefore reflected in the digital value, the digital device may be shut down while the ADC is sampling the analog response signal.10-08-2009
20090252384Fingerprint Sensing Circuit Having Programmable Sensing Patterns - A fingerprint sensor with programmable sensing patterns is disclosed in one embodiment of the invention as including a fingerprint sensing circuit having multiple I/O interconnects. The I/O interconnects are configured to sequentially drive a plurality of fingerprint sensing elements. A memory device may be operably coupled to the fingerprint sensing circuit. A programmable data structure, such as a table, file, character string, numeric value, array, or the like may be stored in the memory device to designate a pattern for driving the fingerprint sensing elements. The fingerprint sensing circuit is configured to drive the fingerprint sensing elements according to the designated pattern. In selected embodiments, the fingerprint sensing elements may include transmitting elements, receiving elements, or a combination thereof.10-08-2009
20090252388Finger identification apparatus - An identification apparatus that keeps the conditions for imaging uniform among successive identifications and requires a user to perform only a series of simple maneuvers. An identification apparatus comprising a guide member, a light source, and an imaging unit. The guide member includes a pattern or a structure that inspires a user to position his/her finger thereon or to approach his/her specific finger region thereto. A contact member such as a button switch is preferably located at a position in the guide member at which a fingertip is to be positioned. An optical opening is formed at a position coincident with a position at which a portion of a finger to be imaged for identification should be placed. The light source radiates near-infrared light through the portion of the finger to be imaged. The imaging means acquires an image of the finger, and the apparatus compares the image to previously registered images. The apparatus may also include dual light sources power saving functionality, and means for limiting the interference of external light sources.10-08-2009
20120195476SENSOR FINGERPRINT MATCHING IN LARGE IMAGE AND VIDEO DATABASES - Several promising techniques have been recently proposed to bind an image or video to its source acquisition device. These techniques have been intensively studied to address performance issues, but the computational efficiency aspect has not been given due consideration. Considering very large databases, the efficiency of the sensor fingerprint based source device identification technique is described. Novel schemes that improve search complexity as compared to a conventional approach are described.08-02-2012
20100002914BIOMETRIC INFORMATION READING DEVICE AND BIOMETRIC INFORMATION READING METHOD - A biometric information reading device includes an image capturing unit that sequentially captures a plurality of partial images about biometric information, an image feature extracting unit that extracts an image feature from each of the partial images and a position of the image feature, a matching relative position detecting unit that determines whether a relative distance between two successive partial images among the partial images is equal to or smaller than a threshold value, based on the image feature of an overlapping region between the two successive partial images, and a partial image output determining unit that determines to output at least two successive partial images as one set, determines not to output a partial image that is input after the partial images as the one set when the matching relative position detecting unit determines that a relative distance of the partial image from one of the partial images as the one set is equal to or smaller than the threshold value, and determines to output at least two successive partial images as another set including a partial image that is input after the partial images as the one set when the matching relative position detecting unit determines that a relative distance of the partial image from one of the partial images as the one set is not equal to or smaller than the threshold value.01-07-2010
20090316963SOFTWARE BASED METHOD FOR FINGER SPOOF DETECTION AND RELATED DEVICES - A finger sensor may include a finger sensing area and a controller cooperating with the finger sensing area for storing enrollment data including finger feature locations. The controller may be for generating authentication data including finger feature locations based upon positioning of an object adjacent the finger sensing area. The controller may also be for performing aligning the authentication data and the enrollment data, matching between the aligned enrollment and authentication data, and spoof attempt detecting based upon corresponding pairs of finger features and their spatial locations in the aligned enrollment and authentication data. The controller may further be for performing an authentication decision based upon the matching and spoof detecting.12-24-2009
20080317302MAN-MACHINE INTERFACE FOR CONTROLLING ACCESS TO ELECTRONIC DEVICES - The invention disclosed herein describes a man-machine interface device for controlling access to electronic devices. The man-machine interface device comprises an electronic display unit including a transparent finger touch sensor region that is seated above the display apparatus, which is responsible for determining the presence and absence of a finger and for generating fingerprint images when a finger is detected. The man-machine interface device also includes a controller unit that is coupled to the display apparatus, the finger touch sensor region, and at least one electronic device. The method of the invention describes a process for authenticating individuals and verifying their security privileges to access sensitive data, based on a finger-touch selection of an icon presented on the display apparatus of the man-machine interface device.12-25-2008
20120195477FINGER VEIN AUTHENTICATION DEVICE - An authentication device including: a finger presenting unit to which a finger to be authenticated is presented; an opening formed on the finger presenting unit; a light source that irradiates light onto the finger; an image capture unit that captures a picture including a vein of the finger, by the light; and a finger placement table capable of placing a finger thereon, except the finger to be authenticated, wherein the finger placement table has a surface, a height of which is higher than the finger presenting unit, wherein the light source is placed inside the finger placement table, and wherein the finger placement table has a sidewall having a window that is used to allow an irradiation axis of the light from the light source upon the image capture unit.08-02-2012
20100189315USB FINGERPRINT SCANNER WITH TOUCH SENSOR - A fingerprint scanner is provided. The fingerprint scanner includes a control module for detecting and controlling the transmission of signals, an electrical connector coupled to the control module for connecting the fingerprint scanner to a periphery device, a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) indicators coupled to the control module to indicate operation status of the fingerprint scanner, and a fingerprint scanning module. The fingerprint scanning module is coupled to the control module to detect fingerprints and sense touches, and send fingerprint signals and touch signals to the control module. The fingerprint scanning module includes a touch sensor for sensing different touches that represent different command signals.07-29-2010
20100177940Apparatus and Method for Culling Substantially Redundant Data in Fingerprint Sensing Circuits - An apparatus for culling substantially redundant data in a fingerprint sensing circuit is disclosed in one embodiment of the invention as including an input module, a storage module, a comparator module, and a determination module. The input module may receive sets of data samples from an array of fingerprint sensing elements. The sets of data samples may be stored by the storage module. The comparator module may calculate a difference between each data sample from a first-received set, and a corresponding data sample from a second-received set. The determination module may count the number of difference values that exceed a predetermined difference limit, and identify the second set of data samples as redundant if the number of difference values counted is less than a pre-set count limit.07-15-2010
20100220900FINGERPRINT SENSING DEVICE - A fingerprint sensing module for a touch screen device. The fingerprint sensing module includes a sensor, a light source, a motion detector, and an image processor. The sensor sets to capture portions for a fingerprint image as a finger is slid over the sensor. The motion detector determines a rate of the finger movement as the finger is slide over the touch screen device. The image processor reads fingerprint images from the sensor and the fingerprint motion data from the motion detector. The image processor subsequently combines portions of the fingerprint images into a complete fingerprint in accordance with the rate of the finger's movement.09-02-2010
20100239132FINGERPRINT TEMPLATE GENERATION, VERIFICATION AND IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM - A system to generate a template of a fingerprint input image is described. The system provides for smoothing the input image, forming a binary image from it, and further processing the binary image to extract the minutia of the fingerprint. The minutiae are stored in the template, in the form of locations of each minutia in relation to all other minutiae. The system includes optional identification and verification steps, which compare the template generated according to the system with templates stored in a fingerprint database.09-23-2010
20100239133Piezoelectric Identification Device and Applications Thereof - Provided is a transducer having first and second surfaces including first electrode lines positioned along the first surface in a first direction and configured for grounding and second electrode lines positioned along the second surface in a direction orthogonal to the first direction. The second electrode lines are configured switching between receiving and transmitting in an interlaced manner.09-23-2010
20100142770IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS - An image pickup apparatus capable of improving the image quality of a picked-up image at the time of closely picking up an image is provided. In an image processing section 06-10-2010
20120140996STRIPED PATTERN IMAGE EXAMINATION SUPPORT DEVICE, STRIPED PATTERN IMAGE EXAMINATION SUPPORT METHOD AND PROGRAM - Provided are a striped pattern image examination support device, method, and program. The device includes: image transformation element for transforming at least one of two striped pattern images so as to cause coordinates of charting points, which are points that correspond across the two striped pattern images, to match in a plurality of pairs of the charting points which are included in the two striped pattern images; intersecting point extraction element for calculating coordinates of intersecting points of stripes in the striped pattern images and line segments each of which connects two of the charting points in the striped pattern images; charting diagram display element for displaying the two striped pattern images after transformation by the image transformation element, and displaying figures representing charting points at positions corresponding to coordinates after the transformations of each of the charting points on the two striped pattern images.06-07-2012
20110235872CONTACTLESS MULTISPECTRAL BIOMETRIC CAPTURE - A number of biometric systems and methods are disclosed. A system according to one embodiment includes an illumination subsystem, an imaging subsystem, and an analyzer. The illumination subsystem is disposed to illuminate a target space. The imaging subsystem is configured to image the target space under distinct optical conditions. The analyzer is provided in communication with the illumination subsystem, the imaging subsystem, and the three-dimensional subsystem. The analyzer also has instructions to operate the subsystems to collect substantially simultaneously a plurality of images of the object disposed at the predetermined spatial location under multispectral conditions.09-29-2011
20090074262MEDICAL INJECTOR WITH AUTOMATIC DOSAGE DETERMINATION AND ELECTRONIC MEANS FOR AUTHENTICATION OF USER - The invention relates to a medical injector, especially a syringe, with means (03-19-2009
20100195875FOSTER CARE MONITORING AND VERIFICATION DEVICE, METHOD AND SYSTEM - In some embodiments, system, devices and methods for monitoring and verifying foster care placement and processes are provided, the system and devices including a fingerprint scanner having a capability to associate fingerprint images within categories including clients, staff and providers, and also having the capability to group fingerprint images into visitation sets of data, and software for use in monitoring visitations by staff members with providers and clients using fingerprint images.08-05-2010
20090141951PROCESSING APPARATUS WITH TOUCH PANEL - When a user operates a processing apparatus through a touch panel, a fingerprint processing unit reads fingerprint information of the user's finger. Each time when the fingerprint processing unit reads fingerprint information, a CPU judges whether the read fingerprint information is identical to a fingerprint information of authenticated user. If being identical, the processing apparatus executes a process in accordance with an operation accepted through the touch panel. These two fingerprint information are identical each other if the operating user through the operation accepting panel is the authenticated user. It means that the processing apparatus judges whether the operating user is the authenticated user, each time when the user operates. If the user is the authenticated user, the process in accordance with the operation by this user is then executed.06-04-2009
20090185725FINGERPRINT DETECTION - A method of and apparatus (07-23-2009
20080273767ITERATIVE PRINT MATCHING METHOD AND SYSTEM - A print identification system performs the following: comparing a primary search print to each of a plurality of file print to generate a primary sorted match report having a first set of file IDs each associated with a first match score; applying a decision logic to the first match scores to determine a status of the corresponding file prints a strong match, a possible match or no match to the search print; for each file print identified as a strong match, compare that file print against file prints identified as a possible match or no match to generate a sub-match report including at least a portion of the first set of file IDs each associated with a second match score; and modifying the primary sorted match report based on at least one of the second match scores to generate a final sorted match report.11-06-2008
20130129162Method of Executing Software Functions Using Biometric Detection and Related Electronic Device - A method of executing software functions on an electronic device having biometric detection includes receiving touch input from one or more fingers of a user on a fingerprint sensor of the electronic device and recognizing one or more fingerprints and recognizing a gesture in the received touch input. The method further includes performing a fingerprint comparison to compare the one or more recognized fingerprints to contents of a database, performing a gesture comparison to compare the recognized gesture to contents of the database, determining a matching software function according to results of the fingerprint comparison and the gesture comparison, and executing the matching software function.05-23-2013
20130129163FINGERPRINT SENSOR AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME - There are a fingerprint sensor and a method of operating the same. The fingerprint sensor includes: a fingerprint sensing unit sensing a fingerprint coming into contact with one surface of a substrate; a light source provided at a first end of the substrate; and a light detection unit provided at a second end of the substrate and detecting light emitted from the light source, wherein the first and second ends correspond to both ends of the one surface of the substrate with which the fingerprint comes into contact, respectively, and bio-information of an object coming into contact with the one surface of the substrate is determined by using light detected by the light detection unit.05-23-2013
20130129164IDENTITY RECOGNITION SYSTEM AND METHOD BASED ON HYBRID BIOMETRICS - An identity recognition system and method capture an image of a subject that is projected by light of different wavelengths, extract various biometric informations from the image, analyze and compare for each of the biometric informations to generate a matching score, and determine an identity for the subject according to all of the matching scores. The system and method have higher recognition accuracy, lower false acceptance rate, lower false rejection rate, and higher flexibility.05-23-2013
20110129128BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS AND BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION METHOD - A biometric authentication apparatus for performing user authentication based on finger/palm print information representing a biological characteristic of fingerprint or palm print and vein information representing a biological characteristic of vein, comprises: 06-02-2011
20100303311FINGERPRINT RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF OF ACQUIRING FINGERPRINT DATA - A fingerprint recognition apparatus and a method thereof of acquiring fingerprint data are provided. The fingerprint recognition apparatus acquires a user's fingerprint image through a fingerprint sensor, extracts information regarding a fingerprint size, a fingerprint position, a degree of fingerprint contact and a condition of minutiae points, and displays a corresponding error message and guide information through a display unit to encourage a reinput of fingerprint, if determining that the extracted information is not within a predetermined range. As a result, the user is encouraged to input a best quality fingerprint to allow extraction of good print data for either fingerprint enrollment or authentication. The information provided to the user may practically include detailed error and guide information regarding the fingerprint size, a degree with which a fingerprint is pushed to a certain side, a degree of contact or humidity of a fingerprint.12-02-2010
20100303310HIGH-PERFORMANCE FINGERPRINT IMAGE-PROCESSING METHOD - The present invention is a high-performance fingerprint image-processing method that use a composite filtering approach to perform the image enhancement through a combination of linear filtering and rhombus filtering after obtaining the determination for the fingerprint direction of fingerprint instead of the image enhancement performed in the frequency domain of the prior art; and then a binarizing step will follow to demonstrate the minutiae for image enhancement, also, the composite filter applied in the present invention can truly perform the image enhancement and mend the broken lines mainly focusing on each point in different fingerprint direction; furthermore, the present invention can use a filtering mask with a very low mask coefficient; thus, the filtering time and memory space can be significantly saved while the time spent and storage space occupied for image enhancement can be lessened largely.12-02-2010
20110038513Fingerprint image reconstruction based on motion estimate across a narrow fringerprint sensor - A method for reconstructing a fingerprint image from a plurality of frames captured from swipe fingerprint sensor is disclosed. The method is based on a motion estimation between consecutive fingerprint frames. Only a portion of each frame is used to obtain the motion estimate to minimize system resources necessary for reconstructing the fingerprint image.02-17-2011
20110007951SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFICATION OF FINGERPRINTS AND MAPPING OF BLOOD VESSELS IN A FINGER - In accordance with an embodiment of the invention, there is provided an apparatus for characterizing and identifying a human. The apparatus comprises a light imaging device that images topography of a surface of a portion of human anatomy, and an infrared imaging device that images infrared radiation of the same portion of human anatomy. The light imaging device and the infrared imaging device are rotatable about at least one axis, each of the at least one axis extending through the portion of the anatomy.01-13-2011
20090067690Fingerprint Sensor with Bump Packaging - A biometric sensing device includes a sensor manufacture for sensing a biometric stimulus. The sensor manufacture includes a transitional segment between a side wall and an upper plateau. The transitional segment reduces deformation of a swiped finger, providing a tolerance in the positioning of the sensor device relative to a swiping platform.03-12-2009
20090067689FINGER SENSING APPARATUS PERFORMING SECURE SOFTWARE UPDATE AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A finger sensing apparatus may include a finger sensor having an integrated circuit (IC) substrate, an array of finger sensing elements on the IC substrate, and secure software update circuitry on the IC substrate. In addition, the finger sensing apparatus may include a host platform external from the finger sensor and hosting software associated with the finger sensor. The host platform may cooperate with the secure software update circuitry to authorize an attempted software update.03-12-2009
20090067687FINGER SENSING APPARATUS USING IMAGE WATERMARKING AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A finger sensing device may include an integrated circuit (IC) substrate, an array of finger sensing elements on the IC substrate, and image watermark circuitry on the IC substrate and cooperating with the array of finger sensing elements for generating finger image data with an image watermark embedded therein. The finger sensing apparatus may also include match circuitry on the IC substrate for performing finger matching based at least upon the image watermark. The array of finger sensing elements may include an array of finger sensing pixels. The image watermark circuitry may distort values from the array of finger sensing pixels to generate the finger image data with the image watermark embedded therein. The watermark circuitry may distort position values from the array of finger sensing pixels.03-12-2009
20090067685FINGER SENSING APPARATUS USING TEMPLATE WATERMARKING AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A finger sensing apparatus may include an integrated circuit (IC) substrate, an array of finger sensing elements on the IC substrate, match circuitry on the IC substrate, and a host platform external from the IC substrate and cooperating with the array of finger sensing elements for generating finger template data with a template watermark embedded therein. The host platform may also generate a match score based on the finger template data with the template watermark embedded therein for use by the match circuitry.03-12-2009
20090067688FINGER SENSING APPARATUS WITH CREDENTIAL RELEASE AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A finger sensing apparatus may include an integrated circuit (IC) substrate, an array of finger sensing elements on the IC substrate, match circuitry on the IC substrate for performing finger matching, and credential release circuitry on the IC substrate. The credential release circuitry may cooperate with the match circuitry for releasing at least one user credential based upon finger matching for enabling another device to perform at least one protected operation. Accordingly, the user may use a single finger match to securely have one or more protected operations performed. The at least one user credential may include at least one of a user password, passphrase, username, certificate, and key data, for example.03-12-2009
20090034807Comparison of Data Signals Using Characteristic Electronic Thumbprints Extracted Therefrom - A characteristic thumbprint is extracted from a data signal, the thumbprint based on statistics relating to the data signal. The data signal can be compared indirectly by matching this thumbprint against one or more reference thumbprints. The data signal may be any type of signal, including streaming digitized audio or obtained from static files. A database may contain a number of these characteristic thumbprints, and the database can be searched for a particular thumbprint.02-05-2009
20110044514AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION OF FINGERPRINT INPAINTING TARGET AREAS - A system and method for inpainting areas in a fingerprint image is provided. The method includes the steps of dividing a fingerprint image into a plurality of image blocks (02-24-2011
20090080717METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING FINGERPRINT SPOOFING - A system to detect fingerprint spoofing. In response to detecting a finger on a scanner plate, the finger is scanned to produce a scanned image of the finger. The scanned image of the finger is compared with a plurality of stored fingerprint images in a storage unit to validate an identity of a user. In response to determining that a match is found between the scanned image of the finger and one of the plurality of stored fingerprint images in the storage unit, a temperature around the scanner plate is regulated to activate sweat glands in the finger. The finger is rescanned after a predetermined period of time to produce a second scanned image of the finger. In response to determining that a sweat pattern is found in the second scanned image of the finger, access is authorized to a secure object and a message is displayed to the user.03-26-2009
20110243400IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND STORAGE MEDIUM - According to the present invention, authenticities of paper fingerprint information and of document information are collectively determined through formation of an original that is given an encoded image in which both paper fingerprint information and document information are encoded. By collectively guaranteeing identities of the paper form and of the document, it becomes possible to realize the more reliable authenticity guarantee.10-06-2011
20090324026SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FINDING A PICTURE IMAGE IN AN IMAGE COLLECTION USING LOCALIZED TWO-DIMENSIONAL VISUAL FINGERPRINTS - An image management method and system provides for storing, indexing, searching and/or retrieving image data. The content of an image collection is pre-processed to identify stable and repeatable keypoints for each image in the collection. Fingerprint information is computed from local groups of keypoints, and the resulting fingerprint information is stored in a compact fingerprint database. The computing of the fingerprint information is based on combinations of a subgroup of the strongest keypoints in an image, called anchor keypoints, in addition to a number of non-anchor keypoints. For each fingerprint in the compact fingerprint database, a sequence of candidate fingerprint combinations is generated and stored in a Fan Tree and/or hashtable and a corresponding fingerprint data structure. The sequence of fingerprint combinations allows several non-anchor keypoints to be missing, while still allowing the system and method to correctly detect fingerprints with high accuracy. A realtime image query is performed by identifying keypoints and computing fingerprints from the query image and matching the query fingerprints to the existing Fan Tree and/or hashtable fingerprint data to determine the best matching image or set of images within the collection. At least one target image is retrieved based on the determining operation, and the retrieved target image is displayed, printed, stored and/or transmitted.12-31-2009
20090097718DIGITAL CAMERA WITH FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION FUNCTION - A digital camera includes a fingerprint input interface, a fingerprint sensor, a fingerprint information storage unit, and a fingerprint identification module. The fingerprint input interface is for a current user to input the current user's fingerprint. The fingerprint sensor is for reading the current user's fingerprint and getting characteristics of the current user's fingerprint. The fingerprint information storage unit is for storing predefined characteristics of authorized users' fingerprints and access privilege settings of different users. The fingerprint identification module is for an administrator of the digital camera to set access privileges of different users according to the users' fingerprints, and authorizing the current user to access operations of the digital camera, and restricting access to operations of the digital camera according to whether the characteristics of the current user's fingerprint match the predefined characteristics of the authorized users' fingerprints.04-16-2009
20110085711FINGER IDENTIFICATION METHOD AND APPARATUS - An image pickup scheme capable of always providing an optimum quality of a blood vessel pattern, in image pickup of a blood vessel pattern of a finger using transmitted light, without being affected by a difference, if any, in an external environment. A personal identification apparatus includes light sources for irradiating light to be transmitted by a finger, an image pickup unit for picking up an image using light transmitted by the finger, finger detection unit for detecting that the finger exists in a predetermined position, finger region extraction unit for extracting a region occupied by the finger from an image picked up by the image pickup unit, and gain changing unit for changing an amplification factor of image pickup elements in the image pickup unit on the basis of a picture quality of a specific region within the extracted region.04-14-2011
20100260388Hand-held Electronics Device for Aggregation of and Management of Personal Electronic Data - A hand-held electronics device for aggregation of and management of personal electronic data useable for identification and, or transacting business includes a digital medium for storing data and software, a card reading/writing interface, a display screen, a biometric scanner, a user interface application stored on and executable from the digital medium and a docking bay for docking a readable and rewriteable internal card blank.10-14-2010
20100254580SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING LONG MATCHES OF DATA IN A COMPRESSION HISTORY - Systems and methods of storing previously transmitted data and using it to reduce bandwidth usage and accelerate future communications are described. By using algorithms to identify long compression history matches, a network device may improve compression efficiently and speed. A network device may also use application specific parsing to improve the length and number of compression history matches. Further, by sharing compression histories, compression history indexes and caches across multiple devices, devices can utilize data previously transmitted to other devices to compress network traffic. Any combination of the systems and methods may be used to efficiently find long matches to stored data, synchronize the storage of previously sent data, and share previously sent data among one or more other devices.10-07-2010
20090052752PATTERN INFORMATION REGISTRATION DEVICE, PATTERN INFORMATION REGISTRATION METHOD, PATTERN INFORMATION REGISTRATION PROGRAM AND PATTERN COLLATION SYSTEM - A pattern information registration device for selecting and registering pattern information data as an object for determination of registration for use in pattern collation includes unit which forms arbitrary pattern information data having a feature point of the same number as pattern information data of an object for determination, unit which calculates an identification accuracy value indicative of the degree of coincidence between the pattern information data as an object for determination and the arbitrary pattern information data and determines whether the pattern information data as an object for determination is adequate or not based on the identification accuracy value.02-26-2009
20100054551USE OF FINGERPRINT RECOGNITION EQUIPMENT FOR THE AUTHENTICATION OF SHEET-LIKE ITEMS - The invention discloses the use of biometric fingerprint sensing equipment and corresponding data processing algorithms for the authentication of printed documents or products, in particular intaglio printed indicia on banknotes, value, or identity documents. A corresponding authentication device is also disclosed.03-04-2010
20100054552Real-Time Remote Image Capture System - Systems for remotely verifying the identity of an image include an identity capture device adapted to communicate with a computing device and a database. The identity capture device captures an image, and the computing device searches the database for information to authenticate and verify the image. For remotely connected computing devices, a communications network provides communication between the computing devices and the database. Other systems and methods are also provided.03-04-2010
20090028395Apparatus, method, computer program and user interface for enabling access to functions - An apparatus comprising: a memory for storing information associating a fingerprint input with a function of the apparatus; a user input device comprising a device for detecting a multi-fingerprint input, the multi-fingerprint input comprising a plurality of fingerprints where each fingerprint is associated with a different function of the apparatus; and a processor configured to identify the plurality of fingerprints within the multi-fingerprint input and, in response to the identification of the plurality of fingerprints, determine a function associated with the multi-fingerprint input and enable access to that function, wherein the function associated with the multi-fingerprint input is a combination of the functions associated with the plurality of fingerprints within the multi-fingerprint input.01-29-2009
20110150303STANDOFF AND MOBILE FINGERPRINT COLLECTION - A method, a biometric identifier collection device, and a set of instructions are disclosed. A memory 06-23-2011
20110150304PERSONAL AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS AND MOBILE COMMUNICATION TERMINAL - A personal authentication apparatus, being small/thin and also enabling to position a vital body with high accuracy, comprises: a first light source and a second light source, each of which is configured to irradiate infrared rays; and detector portion, which is configured to detect the infrared rays irradiated from the first and second light sources upon a vital body, whereby detecting a picture having characteristic information of the vital body from the infrared rays detected by the detector portion and executing a personal authentication, wherein irradiation is made from the first and second light sources upon the vital body, and position information of the vital body is detected from the infrared rays detected by the detector portion, thereby executing non-contacting positioning of the vital body.06-23-2011
20100098304FINGER VEIN AUTHENTICATION DEVICE - A compact and highly accurate downward irradiation type finger vein authentication device achieved by providing a structure that stabilizes the finger and also prevents adverse effects caused by the left and right fingers. The finger vein authentication device comprises a center finger stand for mounting the finger for authentication; a light source for irradiating infrared light onto the finger; an image capture unit for capturing an image of the finger veins by way of light from a light source; an aperture to open in the image capture direction of the image capture unit; a storage device to store the finger biological information; an authentication processor unit to extract the features from the image captured by the image capture unit and match the features with the biological information stored in the storage device; and a left and right finger stand for the fingers on the left and right of the finger for authentication. This left and right finger stand is installed at a position somewhat higher than the center finger stand. This left and right finger stand is also made from a light blocking member and a light source is installed in the lower section.04-22-2010
20080247614BIOMETRIC INFORMATION OBTAINING APPARATUS - The apparatus enables a user to recognize the way he is moving his finger with respect to, for example, a sweep-type fingerprint sensor so that the user can easily and surely learn an appropriate way the finger (body part) should be moved. A velocity detecting means detects a velocity at which the body part moves with respect to a sensor, and an image generating means generates an arbitrary pattern, of which a portion corresponding to a position where the body part is located when the movement velocity is detected is altered according to the detected movement velocity, and the generated pattern is shown on a display.10-09-2008
20080247613FINGERPRINT IDENTIFICATION APPARATUS AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING SAME - A fingerprint identification apparatus includes at least three light sources, a light guide, a camera module and a processor. The light guide has a top and a bottom surfaces and at least three side surfaces. The top surface serves as a fingerprint contacting surface, each of the side surfaces has a first curved portion, the bottom surface has a second curved portion. Each of the first curved portions is opposite to the respective light sources and configured for converging the light beams emitted from thereof onto the top surface for illuminating a fingerprint thereon. The camera module aligns and cooperates with the second curved portion for capturing and converting an optical image of the fingerprint into electronic image associated with the fingerprint. The processor is configured for receiving and comparing the electronic image associated with the fingerprint with pre-stored electronic images of fingerprints to verify the fingerprint.10-09-2008
20080253624AUTHENTICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME - An authentication apparatus is for authenticating a fingerprint to power up an electronic device. The authentication apparatus includes a fingerprint sensor, and a power manager. The fingerprint sensor includes a memory for storing predetermined fingerprints, a sampling module for sampling the fingerprint, and an authenticating module for comparing the fingerprint with the predetermined fingerprints to generate an electronic device power-up command. The power manager is for powering up the electronic device according to the electronic device power-up command. An electronic device using the authentication apparatus and an authentication method are also disclosed.10-16-2008
20080267462Apparatus and method for protecting fingerprint sensing circuitry from electrostatic discharge - A fingerprint sensor in accordance with the invention includes a non-conductive substrate providing a first surface onto which a user can apply a fingerprint to be sensed. A sensor circuit is applied to a second surface of the non-conductive substrate opposite the first surface to sense a fingerprint when juxtaposed proximally thereto. An electrostatic discharge conductor is applied to the non-conductive surface and is located between an area where a fingerprint is swiped and the sensor circuit. The electrostatic discharge conductor discharges electrostatic charge resulting from a user swiping a fingerprint across the first surface.10-30-2008
20080205713Image reading device, image reading method, and fingerprint reading device - An image reading device is disclosed. The image reading device includes an image reading unit which reads an image of an object to be read, and an image reading control unit which adjusts a reading period of the image by the image reading unit to one of predetermined values based on intensity of light input to the image reading unit after setting the reading period of the image by the image reading unit to be a minimum value.08-28-2008
20100284578METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SEARCHING BIOMETRIC IMAGE DATA - A method for matching biometric data is disclosed. A biometric information source is sensed to provide an image thereof. The image is then analysed to extract features therefrom. A feature is selected as a first feature and a plurality of polygons are generated with a location of the first feature as a vertex of each. The polygons are then used to search a lookup table in order to determine an orientation and translation of the image relative to stored reference data.11-11-2010
20120148122APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR REDUCING NOISE IN FINGERPRINT SENSING CIRCUITS - An apparatus for reducing noise in fingerprint sensing circuits is disclosed in one embodiment of the invention as including a fingerprint sensing area onto which a user can apply a fingerprint. An analog front end is coupled to the fingerprint sensing area and is configured to generate an analog response signal. An analog-to-digital converter (ADC) samples the analog response signal and converts the sample to a digital value, which may be received by a digital device such as a processor or CPU. To reduce the amount of the noise that is present in the analog response signal and therefore reflected in the digital value, the digital device may be shut down while the ADC is sampling the analog response signal.06-14-2012
20080219522FINGER SENSOR USING POLARIZED LIGHT AND ASSOCIATED METHODS - A multi-biometric finger sensor may include an integrated circuit (IC) substrate for receiving a user's finger. The multi-biometric finger sensor may also include an optical source for projecting light of a known polarization angle onto the user's finger and at least one optical sensing pixel on the IC substrate for detecting a relative depolarization angle of the light reflected from the user's finger. The multi-biometric finger sensor may also include at least one other biometric finger sensing pixel on the IC substrate for sensing at least one other biometric characteristic from the user's finger.09-11-2008
20110096962Method for Identifying Fingerprint Image - A method for identifying a fingerprint image includes inputting a fingerprint image captured by an electronic device, calculating an amount of valid ridge pixels in an amount of total ridge pixels of the fingerprint image to generate a first ratio, calculating an amount of successive ridge pixels in an amount of total ridge pixels of the fingerprint image to generate a second ration when the first ratio is identified within a first predetermined range, and determining the fingerprint image as a valid fingerprint image when the second ratio is identified within a second predetermined range.04-28-2011
20100215224FINGERPRINT RECOGNITION FOR LOW COMPUTING POWER APPLICATIONS - A method and apparatus are provided for improved fingerprint recognition. A fingerprint image associated with an authorized user can be captured with a sensor. Direction vectors for a plurality of pixels of the first fingerprint image are then calculated. Next, characteristic points of the fingerprint image are located in a first coordinate system. The fingerprint central nucleus is determined based on the calculated direction vectors, and is expressed in the first coordinate system. Subsequently, a second coordinate system having an origin located relative to the fingerprint central nucleus is determined. Thereafter, the characteristic points of the fingerprint image are mapped to the second coordinate system. Finally, the fingerprint central nucleus and fingerprint characteristic points expressed in the second coordinate system are saved as a fingerprint template.08-26-2010
20110052015METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NAVIGATING AN ELECTRONIC MAGNIFIER OVER A TARGET DOCUMENT - A method for electronically magnifying a target object with an imaging device. The method includes obtaining a full view image of the target object, where the full view image is focused. The method further includes moving the imaging device in proximity to a portion of the target object and obtaining a key image of the portion of the target object. The method further includes matching the key image to a corresponding portion of the full view image. The method further includes magnifying the corresponding portion of the full view image and displaying the magnified portion of the full view image.03-03-2011
20100158327APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR SEQUENCED BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION - An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for multi-factor authentication using a biometric scanner. The apparatus includes an input module that receives a biometric scan and a verification sequence that are entered by a user using a biometric reader. The verification sequence may be a fingerprint scanned at multiple angles, or can be a series of symbols entered using the biometric scanner. A matching module compares the biometric scan with authenticated biometric scans stored in a data store and determines whether or not there is a matching authenticated biometric scan. The matching module also compares the verification sequence with an authenticated verification sequence that is stored in the data store. If both the biometric scan and the verification sequence match, an authentication module authenticates the user to the system. The user may enter the verification sequence by linearly or angularly displacing his finger on the biometric reader.06-24-2010
20090279747Method and System for Acoustic Impediography Biometric Sensing - Provided is a method for analyzing a fingerprint, including storing a captured fingerprint in a memory; and analyzing the stored fingerprint using acoustic sensing principles.11-12-2009
20110188714System and Method for Hyperspectral Imaging of Treated Fingerprints - The present disclosure provides for a method for analyzing treated fingerprints on a document. A sample document is provided. A digital image of the sample document is obtained. The sample document is treated with a reagent and a hyperspectral image of the document is obtained. The hyperspectral image of the document is analyzed to determine a region of interest and a hyperspectal image is obtained of the region of interest. The present disclosure also provides for a system comprising a carrier frame, an imaging station for obtaining a digital image of the sample document, a first processing station for treating the document and a second processing station for developing the treated document, a second imaging station for obtaining a hyperspectral image of at least one of the document and a region of interest of the document, and a robotic subsystem for transporting the document through the system.08-04-2011
20100027854MULTI-PURPOSE DETECTOR-BASED INPUT FEATURE FOR A COMPUTING DEVICE - An input feature is provided for a computing device. The input feature is multi-dimensional in ability to detect position information, applied pressure and/biometric characteristics about the user or finger. The input feature may also include a haptic feedback mechanism.02-04-2010
20100021023DETECTION OF LATENT PRINTS BY RAMAN IMAGING - The present invention relates to a method for detecting a print on a surface, the method comprising: (a) contacting the print with a Raman surface-enhancing agent to produce a Raman-enhanced print; and (b) detecting the Raman-enhanced print using a Raman spectroscopic method. The invention is particularly directed to the imaging of latent fingerprints.01-28-2010
20100021024FINGER IDENTIFICATION METHOD AND APPARATUS - An image pickup scheme capable of always providing an optimum quality of a blood vessel pattern, in image pickup of a blood vessel pattern of a finger using transmitted light, without being affected by a difference, if any, in an external environment. A personal identification apparatus includes light sources for irradiating light to be transmitted by a finger, an image pickup unit for picking up an image using light transmitted by the finger, finger detection unit for detecting that the finger exists in a predetermined position, finger region extraction unit for extracting a region occupied by the finger from an image picked up by the image pickup unit, and gain changing unit for changing an amplification factor of image pickup elements in the image pickup unit on the basis of a picture quality of a specific region within the extracted region.01-28-2010
20120308092METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FINGERPRINT IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION - Enhanced accuracy finger position and motion sensors devices, algorithms, and methods are disclosed that can be used in a variety of different applications. The sensors can be used in conjunction with partial fingerprint imagers to produce improved fingerprint scanners. Such improved scanners can use image analysis techniques, such as interpolation between partial fingerprint images to correct for missing data, or discarding redundant partial fingerprint image data, to produce adequate fingerprint images even when the finger has not been applied to the sensor using an optimum technique.12-06-2012
20100061602Fingerprint authentication device, fingerprint authentication program, and fingerprint authentication method - It is judged whether a fingerprint authentication process has successfully been performed, based on a result obtained by comparing input fingerprint information generated from a fingerprint image input through a fingerprint sensor with registered fingerprint information registered in advance. In the case where a result indicating that the authentication process has failed has been obtained, an overlapping area size corresponding to the time when the input fingerprint information and the registered fingerprint information overlap each other the most is obtained. By using the overlapping area size and a similarity level indicating a matching degree between the input fingerprint information and the registered fingerprint information corresponding to the time when these images overlap each other the most, it is judged whether a re-input of an input fingerprint image should be requested. In the case where the judgment result is in the affirmative, the re-input of an input fingerprint image will be requested.03-11-2010
20080232654FINGERPRINT REPRESENTATION USING LOCALIZED TEXTURE FEATURE - A system and method for processing fingerprints includes representing each minutiae in a fingerprint by determining quantized Gabor coefficients to represent texture content of the minutiae. A distance is computed between represented minutiae and stored minutiae. The minutiae matches are ranked based on the distance to identify the fingerprint.09-25-2008
20110064282METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTACTLESS FINGERPRINT DETECTION AND VERIFICATION - This invention provides a method for contactless fingerprint detection and verification comprising illuminating a fingerprint and directing a reflected light through an imaging system using liquid crystal panels and birefringent elements to polarize the light. A plurality of polarized images are captured and used to calculate the depth of structural features on the fingertip. A means to generate a two-dimensional rolled equivalent image of the fingerprint is also provided which may then be used for verification and authentication. The invention also provides an imaging system for carrying out the method.03-17-2011
20110317886INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS - According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes a housing, a fingerprint sensor, a finger detecting module, an authenticating module, and an activating module. The fingerprint sensor is provided in a top surface of the housing and configured to take a fingerprint image. The finger detecting module is spaced from the fingerprint sensor by a certain distance and is configured to detect a finger. The authenticating module is configured to cause the fingerprint sensor to take a fingerprint image when the finger detecting module detects a finger. The authenticating module is also configured to determine whether authentication has succeeded or failed based on fingerprint data obtained from the fingerprint image. The activating module is configured to boot the information processing apparatus if the authenticating module determines that the authentication has succeeded.12-29-2011
20090103788HIGH PERFORMANCE MULTI-MODE PALMPRINT AND FINGERPRINT SCANNING DEVICE AND SYSTEM - Systems, devices and methods for providing rolled fingerprint capture and palm capture capability in a device having reduced size are provided. In certain embodiments, the systems and methods provide capture of rolled fingerprints, slap fingerprints and palm prints in one continuous workflow in a compact device. In certain embodiments, moisture discriminating optics and/or enhanced definition image formation previously achieved only in devices designed for capturing only fingerprints are provided. In certain embodiments, the systems employ a single scanning device to capture 500 ppi and/or 1000 ppi palm and fingerprint images.04-23-2009
20120014570BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION DEVICE AND BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION METHOD - A biometric authentication device includes: a biometric information acquiring unit which acquires a user's biometric information and generates a biometric image representing the biometric information; a storage unit which stores data concerning registered biometric information of at least one registered user; and a processing unit. The processing unit detects from the biometric image a moderately blurred region having a first degree of blurring and a highly blurred region having a second degree of blurring which is higher than the first degree of blurring, identifies the cause of the occurrence of the highly blurred region and the moderately blurred region, and presents to the user a warning message corresponding to the cause of the occurrence of the blurred regions.01-19-2012
20120014569METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SLIM TYPE FINGERPRINT RECOGNITION DEVICE - A mobile slim type fingerprint recognition device has a hand held housing and a light emitting sensor operatively connected to the housing. The light emitting sensor has a transparent insulating layer. A transparent electrode layer overlays the transparent insulating layer. A luminescence layer overlays the transparent electrode layer and a stray light shield layer overlays the luminescence layer. The luminescence layer and the electrode layer are configured such that an electric field can be generated between an object to be imaged and the transparent electrode layer.01-19-2012
20120250954BIOMETRIC INFORMATION PROCESSING DEVICE , BIOMETRIC INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND COMPUTER-READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING A BIOMETRIC INFORMATION PROCESSING PROGRAM - A biometric information processing device includes, a biometric sensor configured to acquire a plurality of different biometric information elements; an authentication feature extracting unit configured to extract an authentication feature for use in authentication for each of the plurality of different biometric information elements acquired by the biometric sensor; a supplemental feature extracting unit configured to extract a supplemental feature relating to the authentication feature for each of the plurality of different biometric information elements; and a combined feature extracting unit configured to extract a combined feature in which a plurality of the supplemental features extracted by the supplemental feature extracting unit are reflected.10-04-2012
20120250955AUTOMATED BIOMETRIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (ABIS) AND METHOD - A program for uploading images or direct scans of fingerprints into a computer system where they are then input into proper forms used in searching common databases. The system develops and saves files into types that are typically used in the biometric search industry, and these files are submitted to national fingerprint databases. This entire process is streamlined and reduces the amount of work and input required by the end user to a minimum. The program will reduce the user's amount of work necessary to submit a fingerprint search to national databases by simplifying the formatting of the submittal page for such national databases, resulting in a more efficient manner of preparing fingerprint search documents in appropriate formats. The program is fully customizable and can be used to satisfy the requirements of any national fingerprint database.10-04-2012
20120155721Fingerprint Identification Data Card and Electronic Device - A fingerprint identification data card and an electronic device are provided. The data card includes a case, a circuit board located in the case, an interface, and a fingerprint identifier. The case has a hole, the interface passes through the hole and the interface is connected with the circuit board, and the fingerprint identifier is disposed in the case and is connected with a processor on the circuit board in the case. It can be seen that, before using the data card, a user is required to input a fingerprint through the fingerprint identifier, and the user can use the data card only after passing authentication.06-21-2012
20120300994Method and System for Managing Working Hours Using Post-Factum Fingerprint Registration - A method for managing working hours using post-factum fingerprint registration according to one embodiment of the present invention comprises the steps of: acquiring the working hours of a user in response to an ID inputted from the user and each of a plurality of fingerprint images corresponding to the ID; storing the ID, the fingerprint images, and the working hours; selecting the post-factum registration fingerprint image for ID from the fingerprint images; and comparing the post-factum registration fingerprint image with the remaining fingerprint images.11-29-2012
20120300993SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING LONG MATCHES OF DATA IN A COMPRESSION HISTORY - Systems and methods of storing previously transmitted data and using it to reduce bandwidth usage and accelerate future communications are described. By using algorithms to identify long compression history matches, a network device may improve compression efficiently and speed. A network device may also use application specific parsing to improve the length and number of compression history matches. Further, by sharing compression histories, compression history indexes and caches across multiple devices, devices can utilize data previously transmitted to other devices to compress network traffic. Any combination of the systems and methods may be used to efficiently find long matches to stored data, synchronize the storage of previously sent data, and share previously sent data among one or more other devices.11-29-2012
20120300992METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTHENTICATING SWIPE BIOMETRIC SCANNERS - Methods and apparatuses for authenticating a biometric scanner, such as swipe type finger print scanners, involves estimating unique intrinsic characteristics of the scanner (scanner pattern), that are permanent over time, and can identify a scanner even among scanners of the same manufacturer and model. Image processing and analysis are used to extract a scanner pattern from images acquired with the scanner. The scanner pattern is used to verify whether the scanner that acquired a particular image is the same as the scanner that acquired one or several images during enrollment of the biometric information. Authenticating the scanner can prevent subsequent security attacks using counterfeit biometric information on the scanner, or on the user authentication system.11-29-2012
20100189314LIVE FINGER DETECTION - A live finger detection system and method includes a drive plate configured to inject radio frequency signals into an object proximate the drive plate. The injected radio frequency energy causes the object to radiate an electric field. A pickup plate is configured to detect an intensity associated with the electric field radiated by the object. A sensor coupled to the pickup plate is configured to determine whether the object is a live finger based on the detected intensity of the electric field radiated by the object.07-29-2010
20100172552Fingerprint indentifying system - A fingerprint identifying system includes a finger press plate, an image-capturing unit, a light-diffusion member, at least one microstructure layer, and a light source. The light-diffusion member is disposed below the finger press plate and above the image-capturing unit, and has a through hole in alignment with the image-capturing unit. The microstructure layer is disposed on the light-diffusion member. The light source is disposed below the light-diffusion member and around the image-capturing unit.07-08-2010
20100092047BIOMETRICS AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM - A low-profile biometrics authentication system capable of achieving high security level authentication is provided. A biometrics authentication system 04-15-2010
20100208952Fingerprint indentifying system - A fingerprint identifying system includes a light-transmissive finger press plate, a light source, a beam-splitter, and an image-capturing unit. The light-transmissive finger press plate has a top face adapted to contact a finger. The light source emits a light beam adapted to interact with the finger on the top face. The beam-splitter is disposed below the finger press plate and splits the light beam into a transmission light beam and a reflection light beam. The image-capturing unit receives at least one of the transmission light beam and the reflection light beam from the beam-splitter.08-19-2010
20100208953Illuminated Fingerprint Sensor and Method - A fingerprint sensing device includes a fingerprint sensor and a light source proximate the fingerprint sensor. The light source is capable of providing multiple illumination formats. Each of the multiple illumination formats is associated with an operating status of the fingerprint sensor. The light source is positioned to emit light through the fingerprint sensor.08-19-2010
20110182488SURFACE SENSOR - The invention relates to a sensor for measuring structures in a surface, e.g. a fingerprint sensor comprising a chosen number of sensor elements at chosen positions for coupling to a finger surface having a size less or comparable to the size of the structures in the finger surface, and a processing unit including interrogation electrodes coupled to said sensor elements for providing impedance measurements at said finger surface, the processing unit being mounted on one side of a substrate and the sensor elements being positioned on the opposite side of said substrate, the substrate including through going first conducting leads between said sensor elements and said interrogation electrodes. The substrate is made from a semiconductor material such as silicon and said first conducting leads are constituted by through going substrate sections of a chosen size surrounded by an insulating dielectric separating them from the substrate.07-28-2011
20110182487Apparatus and Method of Input and Fingerprint Recognition on a Handheld Electronic Device - An apparatus for input and fingerprint recognition comprises a touch surface, a processor coupled to the touch surface, and instructions stored on the apparatus. The touch surface comprises a first region and a second region. The first region has a first sensor resolution, and the second region has a second sensor resolution that is greater than the first sensor resolution. The instructions configure the processor to selectively operate the touch surface in one of a touch input mode and a fingerprint mode. In the touch input mode, the processor detects a touch input anywhere on the touch surface by sampling the first and second regions at the first sensor resolution. In the fingerprint mode, the processor reads a fingerprint on the second region by sampling the second region at the second sensor resolution.07-28-2011
20110182486SEQUENTIAL IMAGE ALIGNMENT - A method for reading fingerprints is disclosed. The method comprises acquiring images of a fingerprint from a finger upon relative movement between the finger and an image sensor; selecting lines from said acquired images representing a new area of said fingerprint; determining composition parameters for each selected line: and storing said composition parameters and said selected lines such that a composite image comprising said selected lines is composabte. A corresponding fingerprint reading apparatus, a device, and a computer program are also disclosed.07-28-2011
20120134549Biometric Image Sensing - An novel sensor is provided having a plurality of substantially parallel drive lines configured to transmit a signal into a surface of a proximally located object, and also a plurality of substantially parallel pickup lines oriented proximate the drive lines and electrically separated from the pickup lines to form intrinsic electrode pairs that are impedance sensitive at each of the drive and pickup proximal locations.05-31-2012
20120230555AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM USING BIOMETRIC INFORMATION AND AUTHENTICATION DEVICE - It is provided an authentication system comprising: an input device; an image pickup device for picking up an image of the living body; an image processing unit for processing the image picked up by the image pickup device; a storage device for storing a plurality of pieces of first feature data and a plurality of pieces of second feature data; and a matching processing unit for checking input data, which indicates features of a living body picked up by the image pickup device, against each of the plurality of pieces of first feature data and each of the plurality of pieces of second feature data. Each of the plurality of pieces of second feature data is data that is smaller in size than each of the plurality of pieces of first feature data and that includes at least a part of the features of the living body.09-13-2012
20120170819Fingerprint Image Sensor without Residual Image - The Problems07-05-2012
20090046904FINGERPRINT RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND METHOD - Provided are a fingerprint recognition apparatus and method which are capable of protecting registered fingerprint data and recognizing a fingerprint more quickly and accurately. In the fingerprint recognition apparatus, a fingerprint image generator generates fingerprint image data of an input fingerprint, and a memory stores registration fingerprint data for authentication. In a registration mode, a fingerprint recognition processor transforms the fingerprint image data into the irreversible registration fingerprint data using a specific transformation scheme, and stores the transformed registration fingerprint data. In an authentication mode, the fingerprint recognition processor transforms the fingerprint image data into comparison fingerprint data using the specific transformation scheme, compares whether the comparison fingerprint data is identical to the registration fingerprint data, and controls the authentication process according to the comparison result.02-19-2009
20120076369SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTACTLESS MULTI-FINGERPRINT COLLECTION - A system and method for contactless multi-fingerprint collection is disclosed. The contactless multi-fingerprint collection system includes an imaging volume, a user interface configured to provide feedback to the subject regarding a proximity of a hand to a desired imaging location within the imaging volume, and at least one image capture device to capture images of each of the plurality of fingerprints at each of at least two different depths from the fingerprints. The contactless multi-fingerprint collection system also includes a processor coupled to the at least one image capture device that is programmed to generate a composite image and a contour map of each of the plurality of fingerprints from the images captured at the at least two different depths and generate a two-dimensional rolled equivalent image of each of the plurality of fingerprints from the composite image and the contour map.03-29-2012
20120314918FOREIGN OBJECT DETERMINATION DEVICE, FOREIGN OBJECT DETERMINATION METHOD AND FOREIGN OBJECT DETERMINATION PROGRAM - To improve the accuracy of fingerprint authentication, the foreign object determination device of the present invention includes an image acquisition unit 12-13-2012
20120177257BIOMETRIC SENSOR AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A THREE-DIMENSIONAL REPRESENTATION OF A PORTION OF A FINGER - One embodiment includes a biometric sensor for generating a three-dimensional representation of a portion of a finger, the finger comprising a three-dimensional structure including a surface tissue layer and a subsurface tissue layer, the biometric sensor comprising: a platen; a first transducer; a drive system; a controller; and a software module. The platen is configured to receive the finger. The first transducer is arranged about the platen, configured to scan at least a portion of the finger by transmitting ultrasound waves toward the finger and receiving the ultrasound waves after the waves reflect off of the finger, and further configured to output signals based upon the received ultrasound waves. The drive system is configured to motivate the set of transducers arcuately about a central axis substantially parallel to the length of the finger to be scanned. The controller is configured to control the motion of the drive system. The software module is configured to receive a form of the signals from the first transducer and to compose the form of the signals into a three-dimensional representation of at least a portion of the surface tissue layer of the finger.07-12-2012
20080317300Fingerprint Sensing Circuit - A fingerprint sensing circuit for detecting a fingerprint of a user, including a signal source, at least a sensing unit, a resistor, an electrode, and a detecting circuit. The signal source provides a reference signal. The electrode is coupled to a reference level. The sensing unit generates a sensed value according to the electrode and the fingerprint of the user. The resistor is coupled between the signal source and the output node. The detecting circuit is coupled to the output node. The resistor, the sensing unit, and the electrode constitute a filter circuit to the signal source. At least a first signal is generated to the output node according to the reference signal and the sensed value, and the detecting circuit detects the first signal to generate a corresponding detected result indicative of the fingerprint.12-25-2008
20090060296Sensor Security - The disclosure herein relates to biometric sensor device security. The biometric integrity of a stimulus; e.g., a finger, that is applied to a biometric sensor can be verified by the biometric sensor. Biometric data related to the stimulus can then be received from the biometric sensor. In order to be more resistant to spoofing techniques, the biometric sensor can monitor for an application continuity of the stimulus during the verifying and receiving steps.03-05-2009
20120257802APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR GENERATING REPRESENTATIVE FINGERPRINT TEMPLATE - An apparatus for generating a representative fingerprint template is provided. The apparatus includes a calculation unit configured to calculate levels of similarity between N fingerprint templates; and a selection unit configured to select at least one fingerprint template from among the N fingerprint templates as a representative fingerprint template.10-11-2012
20120189172SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION WITH DUAL LINE SCANNER USING LINE COUNTS - A fingerprint scanning and image reconstruction system and method including a fingerprint scanner providing a first scan line and a second scan line separated by a line separation distance in a scanning direction. The system includes an image reconstruction module accumulating scan lines including at least the first scan line and the second scan line over a time period t. The image reconstruction module a value for decimation (t) necessary to produce a selected y axis resolution in the scanning direction based at least in part on (line count(t)/line separation distance)*a selected y resolution, where line count(t) is the number of lines accumulated in time t, and decimation(t) indicates of whether the line count(t) is greater than or less than the number of lines accumulated as a function of the time period t that will result in a selected reconstructed image y resolution in the scanning direction.07-26-2012
20120263355FAKE FINGER DETERMINATION DEVICE - Provided is fake finger determination technology capable of improving the determination accuracy of a fake finger. A fake finger determination device comprises acquisition means for acquiring line width information related to a line width of a ridge or a line width of a valley line of a finger as a determination object, and determination means for determining whether or not the finger as the determination object is a real finger or a fake finger based on the line width information.10-18-2012
20120257803IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM - An image processing apparatus includes a central-portion extracting unit, a classifying unit and a determining unit. The central-portion extracting unit extracts edges from an image area and extracts a plurality of central portions of areas each of which is sandwiched between the edges. The classifying unit groups the central portions by classifying adjacent central portions that have no edge therebetween into a single group. The determining unit determines an area of finger, the area of finger being surrounded by the central portions classified into a group by the classifying unit and peripheral edges of the central portion, the area of finger being an area where a ratio of a luminance gradient in a short side direction to a luminance gradient in a long side direction is within a predetermined threshold.10-11-2012
20090016578Biometric image pickup apparatus - A biometric image pickup apparatus with a simple configuration capable of reducing light amount variations in a picked-up image. The biometric image pickup apparatus includes: a light source applying light to a living organism; a detection section for placing the living organism thereon; an image pickup lens section condensing light from the living organism; an image pickup device obtaining image pickup data on the basis of the light condensed by the image pickup lens section; and a transmittance distribution filter arranged between the detection section and the image pickup device, in which the transmittance distribution filter has a transmittance distribution in which the transmittance is higher in a region far from the light source than in a region near the light source.01-15-2009
20100254579Apparatus and method for determining the acceptability of a fingerprint image to be analyzed - A method of determining acceptability of an image of a fingerprint to be analyzed, includes dividing the image into a plurality of blocks, determining a focus for each block, determining a validity of a block, the block being valid if the focus is sufficient, otherwise the block being invalid, totaling a number of valid blocks in the image, and determining a validity of the image, the image being valid if a number of valid blocks is sufficient.10-07-2010
20080298647System and Method for Identifying an Enrolled User Utilizing a Biometric Identifier - A system and method for obtaining a first alphanumeric identifier from a user, obtaining a first fingerprint scan image of a first finger from the user, comparing the first fingerprint scan image to a first image associated with the first alphanumeric identifier stored in a database at a first threshold level and, comparing the first fingerprint scan image to the first image stored in the database associated with the first alphanumeric identifier at a second threshold level lower than the first threshold level if a match is not made at the first threshold level. The system can include a computer or other similar terminal or device and a fingerprint scanner connected to the computer.12-04-2008
20080298646Method and Device for Improved Fingerprint Matching - A fingerprint sample input apparatus, a fingerprint verification device, a method for aligning fingerprint samples, and a method for fingerprint verification are disclosed. The fingerprint sample input apparatus comprises fingerprint reader, receiver for public part of fingerprint template, alignment matcher, matrix generator, and transmitter. The fingerprint verification device comprises memory, transmitter, receiver, processor, matrix comparator, and threshold comparator. The method for aligning fingerprint sample comprises reading fingerprint sample, receiving a public part of fingerprint template, searching for and determining a matching position between the sample and template, generating an aligned spectral data matrix, and sending it to a fingerprint verification device. The method for fingerprint verification comprises sending a public part of template, receiving an aligned spectral data matrix, determining matrix difference between a spectral template matrix and the aligned spectral data matrix, comparing the matrix difference with a threshold, and outputting a result.12-04-2008
20120237091FAKE-FINGER DETERMINATION DEVICE - Fingerprint images that are required for fake-finger determination can be acquired with a single input operation, and the user-friendliness and the determination accuracy of a fake-finger are improved. This device has moving means for moving a sensor surface, on which a finger as a determination object is placed, relatively to the finger, sensing means for acquiring fingerprint images of the finger before and after the sensor surface is moved, derivation means for obtaining a deformation level of the fingerprint before and after the sensor surface is moved based on two types of fingerprint images obtained by the sensing means, storage means for storing a deformation threshold related to the deformation level of the fingerprint to determine whether the finger on the sensor surface is a real finger or a fake-finger, and determination means for determining whether the finger placed on the sensor surface is a real finger or a fake-finger based on comparison results of the deformation level of the fingerprint obtained by the derivation means and the deformation threshold.09-20-2012
20090110249Finger Vein Authentication Device - The invention provides a finger vein authentication device using plural fingers that enables the plural fingers to be easily presented while maintaining high authentication precision. A finger vein authentication device according to an embodiment of the invention includes light sources that irradiate light onto fingers; imaging elements that photograph light transmitted through the fingers; and an image processing unit that processes the obtained images. The finger vein authentication device further includes a finger placement table that defines a presentation location of the first finger in an anteroposterior direction and other finger placement tables that define locations of all the fingers in a horizontal direction.04-30-2009
20110235871TEXTURED PATTERN SENSING USING PARTIAL-COHERENCE SPECKLE INTERFEROMETRY - A system for imaging a textured surface includes a light source that is configured to project an electromagnetic radiation beam onto the textured surface, wherein the projected beam generates first radiation reflected from a first portion of the textured surface to form a speckle pattern, and second radiation reflected from a second portion of the textured surface which is substantially uniform in intensity. The reflected first and second reflected radiation is received by an optical detector, and may be processed to generate an image of the textured surface from the first and second reflected radiation. Methods for textured surface sensing are also disclosed.09-29-2011
20120321148MULTIPLE CHARGE-COUPLED BIOMETRIC SENSOR ARRAY - Embodiments of the present invention relate to fingerprint scanning. Specifically, the present invention relates to a multi-sided fingerprint scanning device on a card (e.g., credit card, smart card, etc.), an associated energy-efficient method for attaining accurate fingerprint information using a multiple charge-coupled biometric sensor array. In a typical embodiment, a scanning device will be provided that includes a scanning area comprised of a set (e.g., at least one) of imaging pixel electrodes (e.g., arranged adjacent to one another in a grid-like or other fashion). As a user presses his/her finger against the scanning area, a portion of the finger will contact a plurality of electrodes. When this occurs, a voltage source of the device will apply a first voltage to each of the plurality of electrodes. A meter of the device will take a first electrical measurement (e.g., resistance and/or charged skin voltage) of the plurality of electrodes. The voltage source of the device will apply a second voltage to the plurality of electrodes. The meter of the device will take a second electrical measurement (e.g., resistance and/or charged skin voltage) of the plurality of electrodes. The voltage level difference between the first electrical measurement and second electrical measurement is calculated. The voltage level difference provides accurate fingerprint information.12-20-2012
20120087553MULTI-RESOLUTIONAL TEXTURE ANALYSIS FINGERPRINT LIVENESS SYSTEMS AND METHODS - Various systems, methods, and programs embodied in computer-readable mediums are provided for fingerprint liveness detection. In one embodiment, a method for determining fingerprint liveness is provided that comprises receiving a plurality of image analysis data of a fingerprint image; condensing the plurality of image analysis data; and determining liveness of the fingerprint image based upon the condensed data.04-12-2012
20120328171MOBILE IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD - A mobile application stored within the mobile device allows for file collection, transfer, and display on a smart device with G3, G4, EDGE, or similar data communication capabilities. The software is used in conjunction with information collection devices synced to a smart device via blue tooth technology, such as a fingerprinting device. The device will transfer a file to the smart device running the mobile application. The application will then encrypt the file and encode the file that is then packaged into a proprietary format. The file is then sent to a web location using the data transmission capability of the mobile device. The device will then monitor a file location of a web address for a return response. It will then get the file from the web location in a standard NIST approved format, extract information and images from the file, displaying them in a GUI.12-27-2012
20120321150Apparatus and Method for a Virtual Keypad Using Phalanges in the Finger - An apparatus is provided that includes a fingerprint reader and a communication device, where the glove is configured to be worn on one of a finger or a thumb of a hand and where the fingerprint reader is configured to read fingerprint data from each of the fingerprints of the fingers on the hand. The apparatus may also include a processing device, wherein the processing device is configured to associate fingerprint data read from a first fingerprint with a first function. The communication device may be configured to provide for transmission of the first function. The processing device may also be configured to associate fingerprint data read from a second fingerprint with a second function. The communication device may also be configured to provide for transmission of the fingerprint data.12-20-2012
20120328170FINGERPRINT RECOGNITION DEVICE - A fingerprint recognition device, applicable to retrieving a fingerprint image, includes a light guiding plate, a finger plate, an imaging piece, and at least one light source. The light guiding plate has a first surface and a second surface opposite to each other and a sidewall surface connected between the first surface and the second surface.12-27-2012
20120288169MULTI-SIDED CARD HAVING A RESISTIVE FINGERPRINT IMAGING ARRAY - Embodiments of the present invention provide an adaptive and intelligent fingerprint scanning device and approach for a multi-sided card. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention utilize DC resistive image scanning to reduce overall scanning time and energy consumption (e.g., by identifying a targeted scanning area). In a typical embodiment, a scanning device will be provided that includes a scanning area comprised of a set (e.g., at least one) of imaging pixel electrodes (e.g., arranged adjacent to one another in a grid-like or other fashion). As a user presses his/her finger against the scanning area, a first portion of the finger will contact a first electrode while a second portion of the finger will contact a second electrode. When this occurs, a voltage source of the device will apply an initial voltage across the first and second finger portions. A meter of the device will take an electrical measurement (e.g., resistance and/or charged skin voltage) across the two finger portions. Based on the electrical measurement, a location of the finger on the device will be identified, and the fingerprint will be scanned accordingly. Thus, the entire scanning surface need not be scanned, only the portions thereof where the finger was detected.11-15-2012
20130022247APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CAPTURING ROLLED FINGERPRINT IMAGE - A method and apparatus for capturing rolled fingerprint images are provided. The method for capturing rolled fingerprint image acquires elemental image frames from a fingerprint that touches and rolls on a fingerprint input window, acquires improved image frames through preprocessing by removing an image that does not overlap between adjacent elemental image frames, extracts main data of adjacent improved image frames to acquire main data image frames, and merges images of the main data image frames to acquire a rolled fingerprint image.01-24-2013
20130022248BIOMETRICS BASED ON LOCALLY CONSISTENT FEATURES - Systems, devices, methods, and software are described for biometric sensors that permit a reduction in the size of the sensing area without significant reduction in biometric functionality of the sensor. A skin site of an individual is illuminated, and light scattered from the skin site is received. An image of a locally consistent feature of the skin site is formed from the received light. The locally consistent feature is analyzed to perform a biometric function.01-24-2013
20080240521COLLATING SYSTEM AND METHOD AND PROGRAM - A collating system includes a storage section configured to store a reference fingers and palm print data of a reference fingerprint data and a reference palm print data, and a collating unit configured to collate the target fingers and palm print data and the reference fingers and palm print data. The reference fingers and palm print data have a same data configuration as that of a target fingers and palm print data.10-02-2008
20080232653BIOMETRICS BASED ON LOCALLY CONSISTENT FEATURES - Systems, devices, methods, and software are described for biometric sensors that permit a reduction in the size of the sensing area without significant reduction in biometric functionality of the sensor. A skin site of an individual is illuminated, and light scattered from the skin site is received. An image of a locally consistent feature of the skin site is formed from the received light. The locally consistent feature is analyzed to perform a biometric function.09-25-2008
20080226142SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR CUSTOMER-MANAGED DEVICE-BASED AUTHENTICATION - A system and methods for customer-managed device-based authentication are disclosed. Embodiments of the invention provide a user interface that allows a customer with an on-line account to access and manage device fingerprint information that can be used to control or regulate the customer's access. Such a system can collect user input regarding device preferences related to specified devices to be used to access or to be prohibited or restricted from accessing an account. Information regarding these devices is stored in a database. The system can then assay a device fingerprint for a device to authenticate access by the device to the account based on the device preferences. In some embodiments, input can also be collected regarding alert preferences related to alerts connected with accessing the account from specified devices.09-18-2008
20080226141Digital Encoding of Images of Skin-Covered Body Parts - Methods and apparatus for obtaining a digital code representative of a skin-covered body part (fingertip or other). An image of the body part is acquired, where the image includes a plurality of pixels, each pixel having an associated shade value. A plurality of subsets of pixels from the plurality of pixels is identified, with each subset including at least two pixels having a common one of a plurality of designated shade values. For each of a plurality of combinations of pixels taken from the pixels in the subsets of pixels, a geometric measure of the pixels in that combination is determined and then the geometric measures are encoded into a digital code for the skin-covered body part. In this way, a unique code is obtained that does not contain information about the structure of the body part, thereby alleviating privacy concerns in applications such as access control and offender supervision.09-18-2008
20130129161System and Method for Using Fingerprint Sequences for Secured Identity Verification - According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, a method includes receiving session information including first fingerprint data corresponding to each of one or more fingers presented by an individual in a sequence on a sensor. The method also includes comparing the session information to stored information associated with the individual. The method further includes determining whether the identity of the individual is verified based on the session information and the sequence.05-23-2013
20130177220Methods and Devices for Capacitive Image Sensing - A sensing circuit and method is disclosed, which may comprise a plurality of transmitting or receiving elements each defining a pixel location defined by a gap between the respective one of the plurality of transmitting or receiving elements and a single element of the opposing type to the respective transmitting or receiving element, and a controller configured to provide or receive a probing signal to or from a group of at least two of the plurality of transmitting or receiving elements, at the same time, thereby increasing the effective area providing the transmitting of or the receiving of the probing signal for each pixel location imaged. The group of transmitting or receiving elements may form a symmetric pattern, which may be centered on the pixel location. The plurality of transmitting or receiving elements may form at least one linear pixel array with the respective single receiving or transmitting element.07-11-2013
20130177221System and method for three-dimensional biometric data feature detection and recognition - The system includes a 3D feature detection module and 3D recognition module 07-11-2013
20130142403FINGERPRINT RECOGNITION APPARATUS AND METHOD THEREOF - The present invention provides a fingerprint recognition apparatus and a fingerprint recognition method adapted for the apparatus. The method includes steps of: performing an image processing function for fingerprints of a user and generating an image formed by a number of ridges; scanning the image according to a scanning frequency and selecting a number of scanning lines; acquiring a cross point formed between each ridge of fingerprint and each scanning line; acquiring a tangent line; generating a graph between each cross point and each corresponding slope value; determining whether the graph is similar to one of the stored at least one graph to obtain a determination result; and outputting a recognition result of the fingerprints of the user associated with the determination result.06-06-2013
20080219520SENSOR MONITORING - State data in a sensor device is generated based on data that defines sensor operating states. The state data is monitored to determine if the sensor device is operating in a predetermined operating state.09-11-2008
20130094723SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FINGERPRINT RECOGNITION AND COLLECTION AT POINTS-OF-SALE AND POINTS-OF-ENTRY - A method of apprehending a criminal, including scanning fingerprint images from a contact area of at least one item at a point-of-sale (POS) location and/or point-of-entry (POE) location and transmitting the fingerprint images to a local or remote electronic device to identify the criminal is presented. A fingerprint recognition and collection device is also presented including a fingerprint scanner for scanning fingerprint images from a contact area of at least one item; a transmitting unit for transmitting the fingerprint images; a receiving unit for receiving the fingerprint images; and an analyzing unit for analyzing the fingerprint images to identify persons of interest. The fingerprint scanner operates concurrently with a price scanner and/or ticket scanner. The fingerprint scanner is fixedly secured at the POS location and/or the POE location and operates concurrently with the price scanner and/or ticket scanner.04-18-2013
20130101184SIMULTANEOUS ACQUISITION OF BIOMETRIC DATA AND NUCLEIC ACID - Systems, methods, and kits are disclosed for collection, labeling and analyzing biological samples containing nucleic acid in conjunction with collecting at least one ridge and valley signature of an individual. Such devices and methods are used in forensic, human identification, access control and screening technologies to rapidly process an individual's identity or determine the identity of an individual.04-25-2013
20130101185System and Method for Identifying a User Through an Object Held in a Hand - A system and method for identifying a user through an object held by a hand of the user, according to an image of the skin surface print of a portion of the hand of the user, which is optionally the skin surface print of at least a portion of the hand between the metacarpophalangeal joint and a distal interphalangeal joint of one or more fingers. Optionally, the image only includes the skin surface print of at least a portion of the hand between the metacarpophalangeal joint and a distal interphalangeal joint of one or more fingers. The method for identifying the user may also optionally only use selected portions of this image as described herein. Related apparatus and methods are also described04-25-2013
20130121542AUTHENTICATION DEVICE INCLUDING TEMPLATE VALIDATION AND RELATED METHODS - An authentication device may include a housing and a finger sensor carried by the housing and including first processing circuitry and a finger sensing area coupled thereto. The first processing circuitry may be configured to generate finger image data based upon a finger positioned adjacent the finger sensing area, and generate and store a first template based upon the finger image data. The authentication device may include second processing circuitry carried by the housing and configured to obtain the finger image data from the first processing circuitry. The second processing circuitry may be configured to generate a second template based upon the finger image data. The first processing circuitry may further be configured to obtain the second template from second processing circuitry, and validate the second template against the first template.05-16-2013
20130142404Methods, Systems, Devices, and Products for Authenticating Users - Enhanced biometric authentication is achieved by combining a user's inherent biometric data with the user's knowledge of a secret glyph. In one embodiment, a touchpad is provided on which the user may use a finger to indicate a plurality of strokes that form a distinct glyph. Image stabilization may be used to extract a readable fingerprint from the strokes, and the glyph and finger print are matched to a stored profile. The glyph may be one or more alphanumeric characters that represent a password. The user can then enter the password on the touch pad with his finger. If the fingerprint and password both match, the user is authenticated.06-06-2013
20130142405BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION DEVICE, BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION, AND BIOMETRIC INFORMATION REGISTRATION DEVICE - A biometric authentication device including: a biometric information acquiring unit which generates a biometric input image representing user's biometric input information; and a processing unit. The processing unit extracts, for each block obtained by dividing the biometric input image, a local feature representing the geometric feature of the biometric input information; classifies the plurality of blocks into a plurality of groups by blocks with a similar local feature; extracts a second group feature representing feature of biometric input information for each group; calculates the degree of difference between each of registered biometric information and the biometric input information based on a first group feature for each group set for a registered biometric image representing the registered biometric information and the second group feature; selects a prescribed number of registered biometric information based on the degree of the difference; and matches the selected registered biometric information with the biometric input information.06-06-2013
20110249873FINGER/PALM-PRINT IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, FINGER/PALM-PRINT IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM IN WHICH FINGER/PALM-PRINT IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM HAS BEEN RECORDED - A finger/palm-print image processing apparatus comprises: an image converting means that converts finger/palm-print images to conversion images consisting of first and second sets of elements; and an area detecting means that detects, from the conversion images as converted by the image converting means, an area where the number of the first set of elements is equal to or greater than a predetermined number. The first and second sets of elements herein are the elements of sets each of which consists of elements of the finger/palm-print images. The first set of elements have those degrees of change in color information which meet a predetermined criterion, while the second set of elements have those degrees of change in color information which do not meet the predetermined criterion.10-13-2011
20120275669ADAPTIVE FINGERPRINT SCANNING - Embodiments of the present invention provide an adaptive and intelligent fingerprint scanning device and approach. Specifically, embodiments of the present invention utilize DC resistive image scanning to reduce overall scanning time and energy consumption (e.g., by identifying a targeted scanning area). In a typical embodiment, a scanning device will be provided that includes a scanning area comprised of a set (e.g., at least one) of imaging pixel electrodes (e.g., arranged adjacent to one another in a grid- like or other fashion). As a user presses his/her finger against the scanning area, a first portion of the finger will contact a first electrode while a second portion of the finger will contact a second electrode. When this occurs, a voltage source of the device will apply an initial voltage across the first and second finger portions. A meter of the device will take an electrical measurement (e.g., resistance and/or charged skin voltage) across the two finger portions. Based on the electrical measurement, a location of the finger on the device will be identified, and the fingerprint will be scanned accordingly. Thus, the entire scanning surface need not be scanned, only the portions thereof where the finger was detected.11-01-2012
20100310137IMAGE SENSING DEVICE ADAPTED TO FLAT SURFACE DESIGN - An image sensing device adapted to a flat surface design includes a carrier and an image sensing structure. The carrier has carrier input pads and carrier output pads respectively electrically connected to the carrier input pads. The image sensing structure has signal input pads and signal output pads respectively electrically connected to the signal input pads. The signal output pads are respectively electrically connected to the carrier input pads. The image sensing structure includes a sensing chip having image sensing members and a processing circuit. The signal input pads and the image sensing members are electrically connected to the processing circuit. The image sensing members sense an image of an object and output sensed signals. The processing circuit processes the sensed signals into processed signals, which are transmitted to the carrier output pads through the signal input pads, the signal output pads and the carrier input pads.12-09-2010
20100310136DISTINGUISHING RIGHT-HAND INPUT AND LEFT-HAND INPUT BASED ON FINGER RECOGNITION - A device may include a first sensor for detecting a finger and a second sensor for capturing an image of the finger. In addition, the device may include a processor to obtain an image from the second sensor when the first sensor detects a finger, determine whether the detected finger belongs to a right hand or a left hand based on the image, perform a function associated with the right hand when the detected finger belongs to the right hand, and perform a function associated with the left hand when the detected finger belongs to the left hand.12-09-2010
20120281889Biometric fingerprint control safe - A biometric fingerprint control safe includes a cabinet, a lock mechanism, a fingerprint scanning mechanism, and a retention mechanism. The cabinet includes a box body and a top accessing panel folded between an opened position and a closed position. The lock mechanism is provided at the top accessing panel to releasably lock up the top accessing panel at the closed position. The fingerprint scanning mechanism is operatively linked to the lock mechanism for scanning a fingerprint in order to enable the top accessing panel being unlocked. The retention mechanism is provided between the box body and the top accessing panel for applying an upward force against the top accessing panel to retain the top accessing panel at the opened position, such that the top accessing panel must be intentionally pressed down for overcoming said upward force to close the top accessing panel.11-08-2012
20120070043DETERMINATION DEVICE, FINGERPRINT INPUT DEVICE, DETERMINATION METHOD, AND DETERMINATION PROGRAM - A device is not able to detect the forgery of a finger with high accuracy by the comparison of a reflected light image and a transmitted light image that are obtained from the same finger. A determination device is provided with an input element for receiving the reflected light image obtained by photographing a fingerprint of a finger with light reflected from the surface of the finger and the transmitted light image obtained by photographing the fingerprint of the finger with light transmitted through the finger, and a determination element for comparing the reflected light image and the transmitted light image, and outputting a real-forgery determination result of the fingerprint of the finger.03-22-2012

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