Optical Coherence Tomography for Fingerprint Presentation Attack Detection

  • Yaseen MoollaEmail author
  • Luke Darlow
  • Ameeth Sharma
  • Ann Singh
  • Johan van der Merwe
Part of the Advances in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition book series (ACVPR)


New research in fingerprint biometrics uses optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology to acquire fingerprints from where they originate below the surface of the skin. The penetrative nature of this technology means that rich information is available regarding the structure of the skin. This access, in turn, enables new techniques in detecting spoofing attacks, and therefore also introduces mitigation steps against current presentation attack methods. These techniques include the ability to detect fake fingers; fake layers applied above the skin; differentiate between fakes and surface skin conditions; and liveness detection based on, among others, the analysis of eccrine glands and capillary blood flow from below the surface of the skin. Through advances in the OCT hardware and processing techniques, one has increased capabilities to capture large fingerprint volumes at a reasonable speed at the relevant necessary resolution to detect current known attempts at spoofing. The nature of OCT and the data it produces means that a truly high-security fingerprint acquisition system may exist in the future. This work serves to detail current research in this domain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yaseen Moolla
    • 1
    Email author
  • Luke Darlow
    • 1
  • Ameeth Sharma
    • 1
  • Ann Singh
    • 1
  • Johan van der Merwe
    • 1
  1. 1.Council for Scientific and Industrial ResearchPretoriaSouth Africa

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