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Fingerprint Recognition for Children

This document is the final report of the Fingerprint Recognition Study of Children below the Age of 12 Years . The key findings of the study are: • Growth has limited influence on fingerprint recognition • Size (in terms of the dimensions of the relevant fingerprint characteristics) does not constitute any theoretical barrier for automated fingerprint recognition. • Image quality (in terms of low contrast and distortion effects) is the ultimate problem for child fingerprints, and image quality is strongly influenced by size. • Relevant quality metrics for fingerprints need revision with regard to the children case. • Isotropic growth model may serve as a good approximation to cover changes over time. • Alternative acquisition devices for fingerprints should be seriously considered in the future. Apart from these major findings, the report provides a number of recommendations to improve the process of acquiring fingerprints from children.