National Physical Laboratory


These studies cover the assessment of biometrics for real-world application by testing the authentication performance.

Biometric authentication in the real world (PDF File PDF 63 KB)

Over recent years there has been considerable growth in interest in the use of biometric systems for personal authentication. By using biometrics, authentication is directly linked to the person, rather than their token or password. On the basis of media hype, you might conclude that biometrics will provide 100 percent identification. But what if actual performance is far less impressive? How and where biometric systems are deployed will depend on their real-life performance, which must therefore be appropriately measured.

Biometric Authentication Performance

MSCG has conducted a performance assessment of seven biometric authentication systems for the UK government Biometrics Working Group run by the Communication Electronics Security Group (CESG). The systems tested each used a different biometric technology: iris pattern, vein pattern, hand geometry, face image, fingerprint optical imaging, fingerprint capacitive chip imaging, and voice print.

Biometrics case studies

An international comparison of biometric techniques may lead to more robust and accurate recognition.


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