Newborn Recognition Using Multimodal Biometric

Newborn Recognition Using Multimodal Biometric

Shrikant Tiwari (Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), India), Santosh Kumar (Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), India), Sanjay Kumar Singh (Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), India), and Aruni Singh (Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), India)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch427
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The problem of missing children is a very serious issue throughout the world and seeing the importance of this issue, May 25 is observed as National Missing Children’s Day. Reliability and efficiency for newborn recognition are key to the stringent security requirements to control mixing, swapping, kidnapping and illegal adoption of newborn. The level of security is very crucial issue in maternity ward and the problem of missing and swapping of newborn is of prime concern to the persons involved and affected. There is a common perception in the society that nothing can be done to prevent this unfortunate tragedy. In comparison to developed nations the developing countries are facing more challenges because of overcrowding and scarcity of medical facilities in the hospital.

Recognition of newborns at birth is a critical issue for hospitals, birthing centers and other institutions where multiple births occur. With approximately 300,000 newborns born worldwide each day, a large hospital may experience over one hundred new births each day. A large hospital may see as many as a hundred new newborns each day. Correct recognition of newborns is essential to ensure that each mother travels home with her own child.

Situations like these could be avoided or considerably reduced, if reliable and fast methods of recognition for newborns were made available and used inside maternity ward, hospital, bus station and airports. The prime concern is that how the parents can be assured that their newborn will not be mixed up in hospital. The technique of the recognition procedure explained to identify newborn, hangs the peace of mind of the parents until such time as the newborn shows unmistakable evidences of its parentage.

Existing biometric and non-biometric methods fail to provide enough level of security and research done to solve this problem is very minimal. Biometrics is a technology which is expected to replace traditional authentication methods which are easy to be stolen, forgotten and duplicated. The use of biometrics may provide parents the peace of mind knowing that they now have a means of proving that the child, they are carrying home is their own child after the birth. But it is surprising that so little research for newborn recognition is reported, while biometric recognition of adults receives so much funding for research and development. Following are the strong reasons to study biometric technique for newborn personal authentication:

  • Every year 80-90 million newborn come into the world and the total population of newborn and young children at the age of 0-5 years is around 400-500 million (Wei et al., 2011). With such a large population, this group cannot be ignored by biometric researchers otherwise whole architecture of biometrics technique is incomplete.

  • According to study performed in United States by Gray et al. concluded that, out of 34 newborns that are admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit at any given day, there is 50% chance of incorrect recognition (Gray et al., 2006).

  • Switching and abduction of newborn babies are global challenges that are faced by hospitals across the world. It has been reported that in United States, every year around 1,00,000 - 5,00,000 newborn babies are switched by mistake1. Apart from incidental switching, there are instances of abduction of babies and illegal adoption.

The objective of our work is to demonstrate that biometric technique can be used to recognize newborn. To accomplish this objective we prepared a multimodal database of 280 newborn. The multimodal database includes face, ear, headprint and soft biometric. After preparation of multimodal newborn database we implemented several algorithms using unimodal and multimodal biometrics to recognize newborn. In case of unimodal we used face and ear for identification and headprint for verification. In order to increase the performance accuracy we perform fusion of face with soft biometrics, ear with soft biometrics and face with ear.



In real applications, the traits that are commonly measured in different systems are the face, fingerprints, hand geometry, palmprint, handwriting, iris, and voice etc (Jain, Ross, Prabhakar, 2004). Recently, some interesting biometrics systems have been developed by exploiting new traits including hand vein and finger-knuckle-print, etc (Kumar, Prathyusha, 2009; Kumar, Ravikanth, 2009; Zhang et al., 2010; Zhang et al., 2019; Zhang et al., 2019). However, most biometric systems mentioned above are developed for adults.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Biometric System: A pattern recognition system that recognizes a person by classifying the binary code of a uniquely specific biological or physical characteristic to the binary code of the stored characteristic.

Multi-Biometrics: An authentication technology using different biometric technologies such as fingerprints, facial features, and vein patterns in the identification and verification process. The use of Multi-Biometrics takes advantages of the capabilities of each biometric technology while overcoming the limitations of a single technology.

Multimodal Biometric: A system that uses more than one independent or weakly correlated biometric identifier taken from an individual (e.g., fingerprint and face of the same person, or fingerprints from two different fingers of a person).

Biometrics: A field of science that uses computer technology to identify people based on physical or behavioral characteristics, such as fingerprints or voice scans. The word “biometrics” is derived from the Greek words bio (life) and metric (to measure) and thus Biometrics is the science of measuring biological or behavioural properties of living beings.

Identification: The process of trying to find out a person’s identity by comparing the person who is present against a biometric pattern/template database.

Template: A digital reference of distinct characteristics that have been extracted from a biometric sample. Templates are used during the biometric authentication process.

Newborn/Infant: An infant (from the Latin word infans , meaning “unable to speak” or “speechless”) is the very young offspring of a human or other mammal. The term infant is typically applied to young children between the ages of 1 month and 12 months; however, definitions may vary between birth and 3 years of age. A newborn is an infant who is only hours, days, or up to a few weeks old. In medical contexts, newborn or neonate (from Latin, neonatus , newborn) refers to an infant in the first 28 days after birth.

Verification: A person’s identity is known and therefore claimed a priority to search against. The pattern that is being verified is compared with the person’s individual template only. Similar to identification, it is checked whether the similarity between pattern and template is sufficient enough to provide access to the secured system or area.

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