Automated region masking of latent overlapped fingerprints
21 Apr 2017-pp 1-6
TL;DR: In this article, the authors proposed a novel algorithm that is fully automated in its approach to region masking the overlapped fingerprint image, which recognizes a unique approach of using blurring, erosion and dilation in order to attain the desired automated region masks.
Abstract: Fingerprints have grown to be the most robust and efficient means of biometric identification. Latent fingerprints are commonly found at crime scenes. They are also of the overlapped kind making it harder for identification and thus the separation of overlapped fingerprints has been a conundrum to surpass. The usage of dedicated software has resulted in a manual approach to region masking of the two given overlapped fingerprints. The region masks are then further used to separate the fingerprints. This requires the user's physical concentration to acquire the separate region masks, which are found to be time-consuming. This paper proposes a novel algorithm that is fully automated in its approach to region masking the overlapped fingerprint image. The algorithm recognizes a unique approach of using blurring, erosion and dilation in order to attain the desired automated region masks. The experiments conducted visually demonstrate the effectiveness of the algorithm.
TL;DR: An extensive review of the work done by eminent researchers in the development of an automated latent fingerprint identification system is provided.