Welcome to the Real World!

The true test of any biometrics technology is not how it behaves in the lab or how it behaves under ideal conditions, but how it performs in the real world. For many years now, the promise of biometrics has not been fully realized in large part because performance in the lab is not representative of performance in the field.

When biometrics fail, for whatever reason, the technology becomes more of a barrier than an aide. The net result is user frustration, resistance to adoption, and an inability to justify costs. Regardless of which biometric technology is chosen, it must work reliably under real world conditions. The real world is not always ideal. The real world is wet, it is dry, it is not always clean and users are not all young office workers with great skin experienced at using the technology.

  • Wet Fingers The Real World is Wet - It is typical for people going through security to be nervous — and to have sweaty hands. Multispectral imaging technology captures high-quality images even in wet conditions.
  • Diversity The Real World is Diverse - Biometrics work because people are unique — and yet diverse user populations are difficult for many fingerprint biometrics systems to handle. Multispectral imaging from Lumidigm is up to the challenge.
  • Petroglyph The Real World is Dry - Dry fingertips are common, caused by anything from climate conditions or natural skin characteristics to frequent hand-washing or air travel. Multispectral imaging technology captures high-quality images even when fingers are dry.
  • Workers hands with chalk The Real World is Rough - People don’t have time to wash and lotion their hands when they use a fingerprint sensor. Multispectral sensors take you as you are — at the office, auto shop, or construction site.

  Real World Evaluation: Avoiding Pitfalls of Fingerprint System Deployments (98.2 KiB)
This whitepaper discusses the importance of evaluating prospective sensor technologies under the conditions of the target application.