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An objective fingerprint quality grading system

NCJ Number
Forensic Science International Volume: 231 Issue: 1-3 Dated: September 2013 Pages: 204-207
Date Published
September 2013
4 pages

This article presents an objective, quantitative system for grading fingerprint quality.


The grading of fingerprint quality by fingerprint examiners as currently practiced is a subjective process. Therefore, an objective system was devised to remove the subjectivity. The devised grading system is quantitative and uses three separate, easily available, software packages to ultimately identify the portions of a fingerprint that correspond to low-, medium-, and high-quality definitive minutiae as defined on the Universal Latent Workstation of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. (Published Abstract Provided)

Date Published: September 1, 2013