Encyclopedia of Biometrics

2015 Edition
| Editors: Stan Z. Li, Anil K. Jain

Quality Measures in Biometric Systems

  • Fernando Alonso-Fernandez
  • Julian Fierrez
  • Josef Bigun
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7488-4_9129


Quality assessment; Biometric quality; Quality-based processing


Since the establishment of biometrics as a specific research area in the late 1990s, the biometric community has focused its efforts in the development of accurate recognition algorithms [1]. Nowadays, biometric recognition is a mature technology that is used in many applications, offering greater security and convenience than traditional methods of personal recognition [2].

During the past few years, biometric quality measurement has become an important concern after a number of studies and technology benchmarks that demonstrate how performance of biometric systems is heavily affected by the quality of biometric signals [3]. This operationally important step has been nevertheless under-researched compared to the primary feature extraction and pattern recognition tasks [4]. One of the main challenges facing biometric technologies is performance degradation in less controlled situations, and the problem...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Alonso-Fernandez
    • 1
  • Julian Fierrez
    • 2
  • Josef Bigun
    • 3
  1. 1.Intelligent Systems Lab (IS-Lab/CAISR)Halmstad UniversityHalmstadSweden
  2. 2.Universidad Autonoma de MadridMadridSpain
  3. 3.Embedded Intelligent Systems CenterHalmstad University, IDEHalmstadSweden