The Potential of Ear Biometrics The potential for using the ear's appearance as a means of personal identification was recognized and advocated as early as 1890 by the French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon (Saleh, Fadel and Abbott 311; Abaza 106). Bertillon recognized the potential of ear recognition for a number of reasons. Foremost, ear recognition is a non-invasive method that is not affected by environmental factors. The ear, in other words, does not change its appearance with mood fluctuations, health, clothing, and other variables. And moreover, the appearance of the auricle (outer ear) is not affected by aging which makes it better suited for long-term identification when compared with other non-invasive techniques such as face...The end:
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