Ocular biometrics has made significant strides over the past decade primarily due to the rapid advances in iris recognition. Recent literature has investigated the possibility of using conjunctival vasculature as an added ocular biometric. These patterns, observed on the sclera of the human eye, are especially significant when the iris is off-angle with respect to the acquisition device resulting in the exposure of the scleral surface. In this work, we design enhancement and registration methods to process and match conjunctival vasculature obtained under non-ideal conditions. The goal is to determine if conjunctival vasculature is a viable biometric in an operational environment. Initial results are promising and suggest the need for designing advanced image processing and registration schemes for furthering the utility of this novel biometric. However, we postulate that in an operational environment, conjunctival vasculature has to be used with the iris in a bimodal configuration.
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