What is a biometric engine?
A biometric engine is the core program that controls the various hardware and components of a biometric system. The biometric engine controls the registration, acquisition, extraction, comparison and reconciliation of biometric data from a user.
It is based on a number of algorithms that facilitate the steps in the recognition process, as well as the intermediate processes such as image enhancement, quality determination and extraction of distinguishing features.
Different software or firmware can run the different hardware of the biometric system, but there is a core system that ties them all together. When connected together, they form the biometric machine. It is the efficiency of this engine that determines the quality of the system. Even if the biometric machine is not up to date, the system will receive many errors and incorrect values or identifications.
The biometric engine is the core program that controls the entire biometric system. This includes the extraction of biometric data during registration, the extraction of distinguishing features from the collected biometric data, as well as the matching and authentication levels. The biometric engine will also enhance the recorded data, enhance images and remove noise so that clear data is left. Thus, the data can be easily adapted if a participant needs to be authenticated.
Standardized biometric systems have their own biometric motors, but more powerful and proprietary biometric motors are required for greater security and accuracy. These engines must be specifically designed for the organization that needs them. In addition, they should have a special way of handling scans to reduce false positives and impersonator access.