Ballprints as an infant biometric: A first approach

Johannes Kotzerke, Arathi Arakala, Stephen Davis, Kathy J. Horadam, Jodie McVernon

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Abstract

There is an urgent need for a biometric that can be used for reliable identification of very young children (0 - 4 years of age), to fight child trafficking and improve vaccination uptake in the developing world. It remains unclear if the most common adult biometrics, such as face, fingerprint and iris, are stable during the first few years of life.

In this article we introduce the infant ballprint (the hallucal area under the big toe) as a novel infant biometric. We analysed 65 ballprint pairs captured at different ages (2 months and 6 months) and present data that suggests that on one hand the growth process is highly complex and hasn't yet been fully understood; but on the other hand that it can be reasonably well estimated with the assumption of being isotropic for the investigated time step of 4 months.

Finally we demonstrate in inter and intra age verification experiments that identification is possible, despite the challenging age difference, if growth is taken into account.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBIOMS 2014 - 2014 IEEE Workshop on Biometric Measurements and Systems for Security and Medical Applications, Proceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages36-43
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781479951758
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Workshop on Biometric Measurements and Systems for Security and Medical Applications (BIOMS) 2014 - University Roma Tre, Rome, Yemen
Duration: 17 Oct 201417 Oct 2014
Conference number: 5th

Workshop

WorkshopIEEE Workshop on Biometric Measurements and Systems for Security and Medical Applications (BIOMS) 2014
Abbreviated titleBIOMS 2014
CountryYemen
CityRome
Period17/10/1417/10/14

Cite this

Kotzerke, J., Arakala, A., Davis, S., Horadam, K. J., & McVernon, J. (2014). Ballprints as an infant biometric: A first approach. In BIOMS 2014 - 2014 IEEE Workshop on Biometric Measurements and Systems for Security and Medical Applications, Proceedings (pp. 36-43). IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/BIOMS.2014.6951533