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BioID: A Multimodal Biometric Identification System
February 2000 (vol. 33 no. 2)
pp. 64-68

Biometric identification systems, which use physical features to check a person's identity, ensure much greater security than password and number systems. Biometric features such as the face or a fingerprint can be stored on a microchip in a credit card, for example. A single feature, however, sometimes fails to be exact enough for identification. Another disadvantage of using only one feature is that the chosen feature is not always readable.

Dialog Communication Systems (DCS AG) developed BioID, a multimodal identification system that uses three different features-face, voice, and lip movement-to identify people. With its three modalities, BioID achieves much greater accuracy than single-feature systems. Even if one modality is somehow disturbed-for example, if a noisy environment drowns out the voice-the other two modalities still lead to an accurate identification.

This article goes into detail about the system functions, explaining the data acquisition and preprocessing techniques for voice, facial, and lip imagery data. The authors also explain the classification principles used for optical features and the sensor fusion options (the combinations of the three results-face, voice, and lip movement-to obtain varying levels of security).

Citation:
Robert W. Frischholz, Ulrich Dieckmann, "BioID: A Multimodal Biometric Identification System," Computer, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 64-68, Feb. 2000, doi:10.1109/2.820041
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