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FAQ - Hand Geometry

What is Hand Geometry?

Hand Geometry biometrics is based on the geometric shape of the hand - size of the palm, length and width of the fingers, distance between the knuckles, etc

What are advantages and disadvantages of Hand Geometry?

Advantages of Hand Geometry Biometrics:
  • Simple, relatively easy to use and inexpensive
  • Hand geometry data is easier to collect, unlike the fingerprints where a good frictional skin is required by imaging systems, and retinal data where special lighting is required
  • Environmental factors, such as, dry weather that causes the drying of the skin is not an issue
  • Usually considered less intrusive than fingerprints, retinal, etc

Disadvantages of Hand Geometry Biometrics:

  • The hand geometry is not unique and cannot be used in identification systems
  • Not ideal for growing children
  • Jewelry (rings, etc), limited dexterity (arthritis, etc) etc may pose a challenge in extracting the hand geometry information
  • The data size of hand geometry biometrics is large and is not ideal for using it in embedded systems

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