Feasibility of correlation mapping optical coherence tomography (cmOCT) for anti-spoof sub-surface fingerprinting

Azhar Zam, Roshan Dsouza, Hrebesh M. Subhash, Marie Louise O'Connell, Joey Enfield, Kirill Larin, Martin J. Leahy

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We propose the use of correlation mapping optical coherence tomography (cmOCT) to deliver additional biometrics associated with the finger that could complement existing fingerprint technology for law enforcement applications. The current study extends the existing fingerprint paradigm by measuring additional biometrics associated with sub-surface finger tissue such as sub-surface fingerprints, sweat glands, and the pattern of the capillary bed to yield a user-friendly cost effective and anti-spoof multi-mode biometric solution associated with the finger. To our knowledge no other method has been able to capture sub-surface fingerprint, papillary pattern and horizontal vessel pattern in a single scan or to show the correspondence between these patterns in live adult human fingertip. Unlike many current technologies this approach incorporates 'liveness' testing by default. The ultimate output is a biometric module which is difficult to defeat and complements fingerprint scanners that currently are used in border control and law enforcement applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)663-667
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biophotonics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • 3D imaging
  • AFIS
  • Biometrics
  • Fingerprint
  • Forensic imaging
  • Liveness
  • Optical coherence tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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