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minutiae

Minutiae are the endings and branches of

the papillary lines of a fingerprint.

Identification of the minutiae in a fingerprint, Photo: GMD Darmstadt

Identification of the minutiae in a fingerprint, Photo: GMD Darmstadt

These characteristic points of the skin grooves are unique for each person and finger and cannot be changed and are therefore used for authentication by means of fingerprint recognition. The extraction of the minutiae is done by special algorithms from the fingerprint image provided by the fingerprint scanner

. This includes the precise position of the minutiae, which is recorded as well as the number of minutiae for each finger. For the authentication of persons, a predefined number of minutiae is compared with the existing reference data.

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Updated at: 11.01.2017
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