Encyclopedia of Biometrics

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

Fingerprint Databases and Evaluation

  • Fernando Alonso-Fernandez
  • Julian Fierrez
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-73003-5_61



Fingerprint databases are structured collections of fingerprint data mainly used for either evaluation or operational recognition purposes.

The fingerprints in databases for evaluation are usually detached from the identity of the corresponding individuals, are publicly available for research purposes, and usually consist of raw fingerprint images acquired with live-scan sensors or digitized from inked fingerprint impressions on paper. These databases are the basis for research in automatic fingerprint recognition, and together with specific experimental protocols, are the basis for a number of technology evaluations and benchmarks. This is the type of fingerprint databases further developed here.

On the other hand, fingerprint databases for operational recognition are typically proprietary, usually incorporate personal information about the enrolled people together with the fingerprint data, and can incorporate either...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Alonso-Fernandez
    • 1
  • Julian Fierrez
    • 1
  1. 1.Biometric Recognition Group – ATVS, Escuela Politecnica SuperiorUniversidad Autonoma de MadridCampus de CantoblancoSpain