[Fingerforce-devel] 0.4 release soon?
dsd at gentoo.org
Mon Nov 26 13:26:19 UTC 2007
Radek Bartoň wrote:
> I did't know about fprint project before I started working on FVS. How old is
> this project? I need to read deeply its wiki to get image about how are all
> these projects (FingerForce, aes2510 kernel driver, aes2501 usbrunner and
> FVS) related?
I've been working on it for almost 2 months but only released it
recently. Apologies for the earlier silence here, I am doing it as an
academic project too and had to implement the fundamentals myself before
opening it to the community. At this point I am running it like a
standard open source project and will happily take reasonable contributions.
As for relationships with other projects:
- fprint replaces aes2510 kernel, aes2501 userspace, dpfp, thinkfinger,
and whatever other fingerprint projects there are. It includes it's
own userspace drivers internally and does not depend on any of those
- FingerForce is (I think) Debian's effort to integrate fingerprint
scanning into their distribution. fprint and it's subprojects will
hopefully reach the stage where it can fulfill those requirements
on it's own, and I hope they'll be considered as the Debian solution
here. I will also be working with other distros and upstreams to get
fprint integrated elsewhere.
- fprint includes NBIS which can be seen as a replacement for FVS.
I've experimented with both (but not your latest FVS work), and NBIS
is much much faster and more accurate. It is used in the USA in the
FBI and the DHS so it is quite proven too :)
That said, NBIS is not working out too well for dealing with images from
sensors which see smaller areas of the fingerprints. In other words, the
matching results are good-but-not-great for images with fewer minutiae
(whereas results are *excellent* for images with a decent amount of
minutiae). I'm confident that it will be possible to make improvements
to NBIS to increase accuracy for smaller images, but I'm not sure how
large this task would be. I don't really have much familiarity with the
NBIS internals yet.
Competition is always good in these areas and I would definitely
consider alternatives if something comparable to NBIS is developed, so
if you are interested I would encourage you to continue working on FVS.
Or, if NBIS sounds interesting to you, help working on the NBIS
internals is also much appreciated.
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