Using AI To Automatically Check Fingerprints

Fingerprints have been used as evidence in criminal trials for over 100 years now, with the first case in the United States taking place in 1911.  Whilst for much of those 100 or so years the fingerprint has been seen as a pretty infallible item of evidence, cracks have begun to appear in recent times.

A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University have developed an algorithm to automatically check fingerprints in an attempt to remove the potential for errors.

“We know that when humans analyze a crime scene fingerprint, the process is inherently subjective,” the authors say in a recently published paper. “By reducing the human subjectivity, we can make fingerprint analysis more reliable and more efficient.”

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