Contactless Fingerprinting Promises ‘Wave Your Hand, Unlock A Door’




“So-called contactless fingerprinting is faster and more hygienic than ink and paper or digital touchpads, proponents say.

At the same time, the idea of agencies collecting biometric data without physical contact has sparked some concerns about too-easy surveillance.

Today, biometrics company MorphoTrak is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the FBIto certify a touchless system for taking prints suitable for employee ID badges. More than 72 percent of computer users governmentwide now need biometric smart cards to access agency systems, in the wake of the Office of Personnel Management breach.

Scott Swann, MorphoTrak senior director of innovation, said “the FBI is willing now to allow devices with contactless technology” to be evaluated for capturing prints for these IDcards, among other things. On Sept. 4, his company submitted documentation and fingerprint images to the bureau to prove its system meets image quality requirements for the…

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