connect:ID 2019 Interview: i3's Richard Fenrich on fingerprint trends

25/04/19

Ahead of connect:ID 2019, Planet Biometrics took time out to speak to Richard Fenrich, president and chief technical officer of i3 (Identification International).

Please tell us a little about Identification International, Inc, or “i3”.

I started i3 in 2004 with the explicit intention to extend the state-of-the-art in forensic fingerprinting biometrics. While we have met this objective with several industry firsts, we continue to innovate with in that same original spirit.

Which i3 technology are you most excited about at the moment and why?

i3 is working on a high-resolution 3D fingerprint capture technology that we plan to begin selling by the end of the 3rd quarter 2019.  This technology is provably accurate and therefore can systematically address legal challenges in the courtroom. We anticipate it will enable significant improvements in reliable use of fingerprint biometrics as well as open new application avenues outside of biometrics.

When you say it will enable significant improvements in reliable use of fingerprint biometrics, what do you mean?

Because this level of 3D imagery is so innovative, it gives us many new opportunities to explore potential improvements in fingerprint processing.  As an example, we have data that indicate these 3D fingerprints will provide excellent anti-spoofing capabilities.  Using the 3D data for improved image quality assessments is also a very interesting area to investigate.

How does this new technology apply to critical trends in biometrics and security?

With this technology, we can capture fingerprints with feature depths being measured at resolutions roughly four orders of magnitude higher than existing livescan resolutions.  This new-found resolution will give us exceptional insights to improve performance rates of existing 2D approaches and, as a by-product, address some critical needs for biometrics and security applications.

How do you see the biometrics and digital identity industries evolving over the next five years?

What an exciting time in our industry!  Solutions to maintaining privacy of one’s biometrics are needed, and these must be supported by new and comprehensive privacy laws.   With all the benefits that biometrics and digital identities offer, we need to also carefully develop solutions for what happens when the underlying technologies are compromised.  Within the next five years, we will have much better answers to managing the downside risks and we will see dramatically improving usability.  As a result, our market will thrive.

For more information on attending or exhibiting at connect:ID 2019 see here.

 

 

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