Empirical Study of Light Source Selection for Palmprint Recognition



Most of the current palmprint recognition systems use an active light to acquire images, and the light source is a key component in the system. Although white light is the most widely used light source, little work has been done on investigating whether it is the best illumination for palmprint recognition . This study analyzes the palmprint recognition performance under seven different illuminations, including the white light. The experimental results on a large database show that white light is not the optimal illumination, while yellow or magenta light could achieve higher palmprint recognition accuracy than the white light.


Biometrics Palmprint recognition Illumination Orientation code 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biometrics Research CentreThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHung HomHong Kong SAR
  2. 2.Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Broadband Network & Multimedia, Graduate School at ShenzhenTsinghua UniversityShenzhenChina
  3. 3.University of Shanghai for Science and TechnologyShanghaiChina

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