Idiap releases new biometric databases for palm-vein identification and anti-spoofing

March 30, 2015 - 

The Idiap research institute and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland jointly released new datasets for the VERA palm-vein and VERA spoofing palm-vein methods.

Idiap is sharing the datasets of VERA palm vein and VERA spoofing palm vein databases with the research community in an effort to improve the security of biometric systems.

Both finger-vein and palm-vein biometric systems have proved to be vulnerable to spoofing attacks under particular conditions, as demonstrated by the Tabula Rasa consortium in a video posted last year that shows how spoofing methods can be used to dupe a commercial finger vein recognition device.

The VERA Palm vein Database was produced at the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny and at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland in Sion.

The database consists of 2,200 images from 110 clients (40 women and 70 men whose ages are between 18 and 60 with an average at 33).

The recordings were done at two different locations, which were always performed inside buildings and under normal lightening conditions.

The VERA Spoofing Palm vein Database for direct attacks palm vein recognition is comprised of 1,000 images attempts to the 50 first clients from the Idiap Research Institute VERA Palm vein Database.

The dataset, which was produced at the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny, Switzerland, consists of all recorded attacks using the same open palm vein sensor used to record the Idiap Research Institute VERA Palm vein Database.

Previously reported, the Idiap Research Institute will host a tutorial on spoofing and anti-spoofing during the International Conference on Biometrics, held in Phuket, Thailand on May 19-22.

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