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Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge: Prize Analysis



Gregory P. Fiumara, Elham Tabassi, Patricia A. Flanagan, John D. Grantham, Kenneth Ko, Karen Marshall, Matthew Schwarz, Bryan Woodgate, Christopher Boehnen


In September 2017, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity held a fingerprint data collection as part of the Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge. Participating Challengers deployed devices designed to collect an image of the full nail to nail surface area of a fingerprint – equivalent to a rolled fingerprint – from an unacclimated user without assistance from a trained device operator. Images captured from these devices were searched against a set of traditionally- captured operator-assisted rolled fingerprints. Thousands of latent fingerprints were also searched against the images.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8210
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acquisition, biometrics, capture devices, data, fingerprints, latent, prototypes, rolled, sensors


Fiumara, G. , Tabassi, E. , Flanagan, P. , Grantham, J. , Ko, K. , Marshall, K. , Schwarz, M. , Woodgate, B. and Boehnen, C. (2018), Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge: Prize Analysis, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created May 3, 2018, Updated November 10, 2018