Identix Strengthens and Broadens Technology Portfolio

Wednesday 10 March 2004 08:59 CET | News

Identix has strengthened and broadened its multi-biometrics portfolio and its industry leadership with the acquisition of a new and innovative skin biometric technology.

The acquisition of the technology and assets of privately held Delean Vision Worldwide, Inc. (Delean Vision) expands Identixs multi-biometric leadership to include three separate and distinct biometrics: finger, face and skin. This technology acquisition also brings to Identix a new class of pattern recognition algorithms, known as Surface Texture Analysis (STA), which has broad applicability. When applied to human skin, the patent pending STA algorithms extract a unique characteristic of the skin structure known as the Skinprint. The Skinprint can be used on its own as a biometric identifier, or it can be fused together or incorporated with traditional facial or fingerprint biometric templates to deliver what the Company believes are unparalleled levels of accuracy and robustness for existing face and finger recognition applications. Technology and scenario evaluations at Identix have demonstrated that the fusion of the Companys current FaceIt facial recognition with STA technology produces performance results that exceed the accuracy of single fingerprint recognition in one-to-one authentication applications. Similarly, for identification (one-to-many) applications, the fused facial system demonstrates accuracy rates exceeding the highest levels of performance as measured in the latest US government Facial Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT 2002). Furthermore, Identix tests using STA have demonstrated that for the first time it is possible to use facial images to distinguish between identical twins. A Skinprint is a biometric since the dermal texture is unique to every individual (formed as a result of random tensions and stresses during fetal development). Skin is unique within the biometrics family since it is the substrate (or canvas) of faces, fingers, palms and many other parts of the human body. An individuals skin is imaged automatically when each of these biometrics are captured using standard cameras and sensors, which allows the Skinprint to be easily fused or incorporated with existing face and finger recognition templates.

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