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Usability Testing of Ten-Print Fingerprint Capture



Mary Theofanos, Brian Stanton, Shahram Orandi, Ross J. Micheals, Nien F. Zhang


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program are migrating from a two print capture process (left and right index fingers) to a ten-print slap fingerprint capture process (all fingers on both hands). The NIST Biometrics Usability group performed a usability test to evaluate the time required to acquire a 10 print slap fingerprint image. Users accustomed with leaving two index fingerprints at US-VISIT may not be familiar with the ten slap fingerprint capture process. Thus, in addition to measuring the time necessary to acquire the 10 print slap, the study also evaluated various methods of providing instructional information to the users. This report presents the results of a study that examined the 10-print collection process. The study was designed to answer three questions: 1.How long does it take to capture a 10-print image? 2.What is the impact of instructional mode (poster, verbal or video) on user performance? 3.What are the frequency and nature of the errors that occur in this process?
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7403
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biometrics, usability, instructional mode


Theofanos, M. , Stanton, B. , Orandi, S. , Micheals, R. and Zhang, N. (2007), Usability Testing of Ten-Print Fingerprint Capture, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 22, 2024)


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Created March 12, 2007, Updated October 12, 2021