Prospects of biometrics at-a-distance
Schulz, Robert H., Jr.
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The purpose of this thesis was to determine if biometric methods enabled users to collect biometric data from a subject, at-a-distance. The Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit (SEEK) and a 3D Wireless Facial Recognition Binoculars prototype were studied to determine if an at-a-distance capability existed and if such a capability would be useful to the tactical user. The SEEK was studied because of its current employment as a biometric collection system. The 3D binoculars were studied because they claim true at-a-distance capabilities. Experimentation with the SEEK provided no evidence supporting an at-a-distance capability, however, modifications to system configurations enabled the SEEK to transmit data captured on-site, to databases for identification over a Mobile Ad-hoc Network (MANET). This finding allowed users to collect and identify individuals on-site; eliminating the need to return to a hardwired location to upload data. The 3D facial recognition binocular system reviewed in this thesis is designed to enable users to conduct facial recognition at-a-distance to provide a covert, biometric collection method, at-a-distance, without the need for a cooperative subject. This technology could provide the at-a-distance capability needed by a tactical user.
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