Reported by the Examiner.com -- Electronic Fingerprint IDs Astound Scientists

Published by admin on 2013-10-29

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Optics giving way to electronic identification of fingerprints, to be featured at The IEEE International Conference on Homeland Security in Boston

DALLAS (Oct. 28, 2013) – Although our very latest devices rely on fingerprint detection technology, replacing the need for passwords, they will shortly be obsolete as detection by optics is replaced with ultimately reliable electronic pick-up.

As demands for user fingerprint IDs applications grow—for everything from firearms, smart phones, safe area access—the use of optics to ensure accuracy will be replaced with incredibly sensitive electronic detection. “The different variations on your finger is enough to get capacitance valley changes depending on the distance between the two ridges,” Says Pranav N. Koundinya, one of four scientist at the University of Houston working on the method. He wants to be known as Pranav and explained further how “the fingerprint ridges and valleys are enough variations—has a small difference even though it is a micrometer difference—that is enough to form two different capacitors. So basically this is an electronic way of recording and reproducing fingerprints.”

Pranav spoke by phone from the University of Houston on the ScienceNews Radio Network program, the Promise of Tomorrow with Colonel Mason. The program originates in Dallas, Texas, and can now be heard Webcast and archived for its world audience. The other three scientists on the program with Pranav were Dr. Weidong (Larry) Shi, Mr. Tao Feng, and Dr. Xi Zhao.

Their revolutionary technology will be presented at the IEEE Homeland Security Technology Conference HST ‘13 held at the Westin Waltham Boston Hotel in Waltham, Mass., USA, 12-14 November 2013.

HST ’13 will bring together global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation and showcase peer-reviewed technical papers highlighting emerging technologies in:

  • Cyber Security
  • Attack & Disaster Preparation, Recovery & Response
  • Land & Maritime Border Security
  • Biometrics & Forensics

HST ‘13 is produced by IEEE with technical support from Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology, IEEE Biometrics Council, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and IEEE-USA. MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon and MITRE are providing organizational support.

IEEE (www.ieee.org) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE-USA (www.ieeeusa.org) advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 206,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE.