Journal of Medical Systems

, 39:148 | Cite as

Human Identification Using Compressed ECG Signals

  • Carmen Camara
  • Pedro Peris-LopezEmail author
  • Juan E. Tapiador
Patient Facing Systems
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  1. Smart Living in Healthcare and Innovations


As a result of the increased demand for improved life styles and the increment of senior citizens over the age of 65, new home care services are demanded. Simultaneously, the medical sector is increasingly becoming the new target of cybercriminals due the potential value of users’ medical information. The use of biometrics seems an effective tool as a deterrent for many of such attacks. In this paper, we propose the use of electrocardiograms (ECGs) for the identification of individuals. For instance, for a telecare service, a user could be authenticated using the information extracted from her ECG signal. The majority of ECG-based biometrics systems extract information (fiducial features) from the characteristics points of an ECG wave. In this article, we propose the use of non-fiducial features via the Hadamard Transform (HT). We show how the use of highly compressed signals (only 24 coefficients of HT) is enough to unequivocally identify individuals with a high performance (classification accuracy of 0.97 and with identification system errors in the order of 10−2).


Healthcare Biometrics Human Identification and ECG 



This work was supported by the MINECO grant TIN2013-46469-R (SPINY: Security and Privacy in the Internet of You) and the CAM grant S2013/ICE-3095 (CIBERDINE: Cybersecurity, Data, and Risks).

Conflict of interests

The author declares that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmen Camara
    • 1
  • Pedro Peris-Lopez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Juan E. Tapiador
    • 1
  1. 1.COSEC Lab (Computer Science Department)Carlos III University of Madrid, Avda de la Universidad 30LeganesSpain

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