Engineering Minute

Engineering Minute – Biometric Fingerprinting Tool For Newborns

University of California San Diego researchers have created a new technology to accurately capture infant fingerprints, even on the day they are born. Current methods rely on paper identification which runs healthcare and security risks for the world's most vulnerable group of patients. This technology could also be used to reunite children with their families after being displaced by tumultuous governments, war, natural disasters, and human trafficking. The device, called ION, is an non-contact optical scanning technology that images the fingers and palm of the hand. The data from the scan is encrypted so it can be securely shared across multiple platforms. Further advancements on this technology show promising results for enhancing measurements in health biometrics, temperature, pulse, oxygen, and respiratory rate. Learn more about the biometric fingerprinting tool for infants at University of California San Diego.

Researchers at UC San Diego have advanced the science of biometric identification, creating a novel technology that can capture the fingerprints of infants and children, even on the first day of birth.