STTR Phase I: Software-Based Liveness to Prevent Spoofing Fingerprint Biometric Scanners

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$147,326.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
0740601
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
NSF 07-551
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
0740601
Solicitation Topic Code:
EO
Small Business Information
NexID Biometrics, LLC
886 Chestnut Ridge Road, Morgantown, WV, 26506
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
800758638
Principal Investigator
 Aaron Lewicke
 DPhil
 (315) 386-3042
 lewickat@clarkson.edu
Business Contact
 Aaron Lewicke
Title: DPhil
Phone: (315) 386-3042
Email: lewickat@clarkson.edu
Research Institution
 Clarkson University
 Stephanie Schuckers
 8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY, 13699
 (315) 386-3042
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I research project is the development of liveness confirmation for fingerprint systems to reduce vulnerability to spoofing. Biometrics systems, authentication through physiologic characteristics such as fingerprints, have been suggested to improve security while increasing convenience. One limitation is that it can be 'stolen' and replicated to achieve authentication, termed spoofing. This project will develop a means to detect liveness through a software-only approach which can be integrated with any mainstream commercial fingerprint technology. This approach considers the moisture changes in one or more images directly measured by the existing scanner. It is anticipated that liveness is a critical technology in security to enable the maturity of biometric systems by minimizing its vulnerabilities and by increasing user confidence in the technology. This research will decrease biometric vulnerability and extend to other emerging biometric research areas. By developing liveness, one of the main vulnerabilities of biometric systems will be minimized, thus, enabling the technology to achieve its promise to increase trust in transactions that are increasingly electronic and remote. There is a need to link electronic identity to an individual in more reliable ways. Biometric authentication is growing industry with applications that include identification for government employees through a new biometrically-enabled identification card, electronic passports for border security (ePassport), and electronic payments systems, Pay by Touch, to reduce identity fraud.

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