Encyclopedia of Biometrics

2009 Edition
| Editors: Stan Z. Li, Anil Jain

Fingerprint Templates

  • Wei-Yun Yau
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-73003-5_51



A fingerprint template is a set of stored fingerprint features extracted from the fingerprint of a user. It is stored during the enrollment process to represent the actual owner of the fingerprint. It is subsequently compared directly to the fingerprint features of the query fingerprint in order to establish whether the query fingerprint is obtained from the same person as the actual owner. It should be noted that the original fingerprint or its enhanced or compressed form is not a fingerprint template.


As discussed in the section on general biometrics, the operation of a fingerprint recognition system, just like any other biometric system, follows a common process flow as shown in Fig. 1.
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei-Yun Yau
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  1. 1.Institute for Infocomm Research, Agency for Science, Technology & Research Singapore