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Course Name Biometric Systems
Course Code 15ECE326
Program B. Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Introduction: Benefits of biometric versus traditional techniques – Key biometric terms and processes – Verification and identification – Enrollment and template creation – Biometric matching. Accuracy in biometric systems: False match rate – False non-match rate – Failure-to-enroll rate – Derived metrics – Equal error rate – Ability-to-verify rate

Unit 2

Physiological biometrics: Finger scan – Facial scan – Iris scan – Components – Working principles – Competing technologies – Strengths and weaknesses – Automated fingerprint Identification systems. Behavioural biometrics signature scan – Keystroke scan – Components – Working principles – Strengths and weaknesses.

Unit 3

Biometric applications: Categorizing biometric applications – Criminal identification – Citizen identification – Surveillance – PC/network access – Physical access/time and attendance – Customer facing applications – E-commerce/telephony – Retail/ ATM/point of sale applications. Biometric markets: Law enforcement – government sector – Financial sector – Healthcare – travel and immigration – Biometric standards.

Text Books

  1. Samir Nanavati, Michael Thieme, Raj Nanavati, “Biometrics – Identity Verification in a Networked World”, Wiley-dreamtech India Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, 2003.


  1. James Wayman, Anil Jain, David Maltoni, Dario Maio (Eds), “Biometric Systems”, Springer International Edition, 2004.
  2. Anil K Jain, Patrick Flynn, Arun A Ross, “Handbook of Biometrics”, Springer, 2008.
  3. John R Vacca, “Biometric Technologies and Verification Systems”, Elsevier Inc, 2007.
  4. Ruud M. Bolle, SharathPankanti, Nalini K. Ratha, Andrew W.Senior, Jonathan H. Connell, “Guide to Biometrics”, Springer, 2009.

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