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Biometric Smart Card User Verification
KTH, Superseded Departments, Teleinformatics. (CCSlab)
1999 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Smart cards are, among other things, used together with public-key infrastructures to provide electronic identification of individuals. Misuse of the cards enables impersonation and fraud. A personal identification number (PIN) is commonly used to prevent anyone but the owner of the card to use it. PINs have several disadvantages and are inherently non-personal.

Biometrics is the use of a person's physical or behavioural characteristics to determine the person's identity. Using biometrics for smart card user verification has several advantages over PIN usage. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how biometrics can replace PINs and the aspects thereof.

First, an overview of different biometric techniques is presented. Fingerprints are then discussed in more detail. With focus on security, various aspects of the integration of a fingerprint reader and a smart card are examined. Example integration system configurations are presented and analysed.

A demo integration of a fingerprint reader and security application using smart cards was implemented. It was demonstrated at the RSA'99 security conference in California, January 1999.

The conclusion is that while the technique is promising, the combination with smart cards currently fails to provide a high-security solution in an open and distributed system. In a few years there will be smart cards with built-in fingerprint matching capabilities that will solve the major security issues.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1999. , 36 p.
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Communication Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-95434OAI: diva2:528307
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Master of Science in Engineering - Computer Science and Technology
1999-03-04, Seminar room "Telegrafen", Isafjordsgatan 22, Kista, 09:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2012-06-18 Created: 2012-05-24 Last updated: 2013-09-09Bibliographically approved

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