Expected Results and Impact

The major impact of INGRESS is to develop innovative technologies for looking and acquiring additional biometrics linked to the finger that will complement existing techniques.

The solutions proposed in the project offer major improvement in the way of acquiring biometrics. They mainly address the issue of superficial skin disorders by developing hardware and software solutions while also supporting anti-spoofing detection. The developed technology will greatly enhance image quality and preserve privacy. The current very low quality of fingerprint images, in particular as regards damaged fingers, will be overcome by the use of sub-surfacing techniques that will be the main asset for enhancing image quality. This complementarity will permit to deliver high-quality fingerprint images that will still be compliant with programs and applications currently using digital fingerprints as a mean of authentication or identification (EU-Passport, EURODAC, VIS, Entry/Exit, Registered Traveller Program or other European and national applications).

The work on high quality image generation as well as the assessment of image quality that we propose in INGRESS will to warranty that fingerprint quality will be improved during this project, but also to guarantee that images generated will be in accordance with existing projects that will benefit from such a work. Moreover INGRESS intends to deliver with new sensors equivalent image quality as with traditional optical or capacitive sensors. The performance measured during the on-the-field implementation, in terms of ergonomics, speed, error rates and recognition accuracy, will be a good way to determine how relevant the technologies developed throughout the project are and which one will best fit for purpose in border control and law enforcement applications. A combination of technologies (existing and/or developed) to fulfil objectives is not excluded, and will perhaps be necessary to address the issues we will cope with.

At the end of the project, a roadmap will allow an evaluation of the cost and time needed for the production of innovative sensors among the technologies studied. Different levels of maturity allowing a mid-term and long-term planning will then have been reached for the techniques developed, which will make possible the introduction of products on the market on a wider scale. These products will deliver high-quality image under specific constraints defined during the project, with a specific focus on border control and law enforcement applications while being compatible with on-going European programs like EU-Passport or VIS, MS ID cards, EU VIS or EURODAC.

Thanks to INGRESS, more efficient and accurate fingerprint live scanners will have an impact on the quality of life for the citizen who will be able to spend less time in identity checking. Biometrics sub-surface sensors will enable to use eID documents more often and will democratise their use thanks to the very low failure to acquire induced by these sensors. In a broader view, this will make possible to use fingerprints more easily in many areas: electronic identity documents of course, but also credit cards, loyalty cards or future e-documents including fingerprints. The majority of users already see biometrics as convenient With these innovative sensors, it is to be available everywhere for everyone.