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A multimodal biometric system uses multiple applications to capture different types of biometrics. This allows the integration of two or more types of biometric recognition and verification systems in order to meet stringent performance requirements.
A multimodal system could be, for instance, a combination of fingerprint verification, face recognition, voice verification and smart-card or any other combination of biometrics. This enhanced structure takes advantage of the proficiency of each individual biometric and can be used to overcome some of the limitations of a single biometric.
A multimodal system can combine any number of independent biometrics and overcome some of the limitations presented by using just one biometric as your verification tool. For instance, it is estimated that 5% of the population does not have legible fingerprints, a voice could be altered by a cold and face recognition systems are susceptible to changes in ambient light and the pose of the subject. A multimodal system, which combines the conclusions made by a number of unrelated biometrics indicators, can overcome many of these restrictions.
Multimodals are generally much more vital to fraudulent technologies, because it is more difficult to forge multiple biometric characteristics than to forge a single biometric characteristic.
Integrating Faces and Fingerprints for Personal Identification :
An automatic personal identification system based solely on fingerprints or faces is often not able to meet the system performance requirements. Face recognition is fast but not reliable while fingerprint verification is reliable but inefficient in database retrieval. We have developed a prototype biometric system which integrates faces and fingerprints. The system overcomes the limitations of face recognition systems as well as fingerprint verification systems. The integrated prototype system operates in the identification mode with an admissible response time. The identity established by the system is more reliable than the identity established by a face recognition system. In addition, the proposed decision fusion schema enables performance improvement by integrating multiple cues with different confidence measures. Experimental results demonstrate that our system performs very well. It meets the response time as well as the accuracy requirements.
A Multimodal Biometric System Using Fingerprint, Face, and Speech:
A biometric system which relies only on a single biometric identifier in making a personal identification is often not able to meet the desired performance requirements. Identification based on multiple biometrics represents an emerging trend. We introduce a multimodal biometric system, which integrates face recognition, fingerprint verification, and speaker verification in making a personal identification. This system takes advantage of the capabilities of each individual biometric. It can be used to overcome some of the limitations of a single biometrics. Preliminary experimental results demonstrate that the identity established by such an integrated system is more reliable than the identity established by a face recognition system, a fingerprint verification system, and a speaker verification system.
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