Explainer: Fingerprint Matching

Biometrics Research Group, Inc. defines fingerprint identification as an automated method of verifying a match between two human fingerprints. Over the years, fingerprint identification has become one of the most well-known and publicized biometric modalities. Because of their uniqueness and consistency over time, fingerprints have been used for identification for over a century. The first recorded use of fingerprints for identification was in 1858. With advances in computing capabilities by the 1960s, fingerprint identification is now a highly automated technique.