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Reliable Biometrics Data Quality Measure for Multi-modality Biometrics Fusion

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-07-C-0022
Agency Tracking Number: A062-084-1914
Amount: $119,849.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-084
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Solicitation Year: 2006
Award Year: 2006
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2006-11-07
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2007-09-07
Small Business Information
800 Bradbury SE, Suite 213
Albuquerque, NM 87106
United States
DUNS: 114866952
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Rob Rowe
 VP Engineering & CTO
 (505) 272-7406
Business Contact
 Matthew Ennis
Title: Director of Business Development
Phone: (505) 246-6012
Research Institution

We propose to improve biometric authentication performance by incorporating multimodal data quality analysis into a commercially practical embodiment of an extremely high-performance multimodal biometric verification and/or identification solution. We will utilize our proven multispectral imaging platform to create a whole-hand sensor that incorporates four modalities: five fingerprints, a palmprint, chromatic texture, and handshape. Our proposal includes a unifying method for creating a quality metric independent of modality and a method for combining quality and match information into a single value for each modality. Because the single value has the same meaning across modalities, the values can be combined using any number of methods such as the sum or maximum value. Collecting multiple biometrics with a single insertion reduces the complexity of the hardware and software integration in addition to creating a simpler system for user interaction. A single method for creating quality metrics using data-driven techniques creates a unified method for assessing quality across biometric modalities. Fusion of the multiple biometrics with their respective quality metrics creates a more robust matching metric.

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