Web Biometric Enrollment (Fingerprint Registration)

Web Biometric Enrollment

What is Web Biometric Enrollment?

You could also reframe this Question to ask, What is Web Biometric Registration?

Web Biometric Enrollment is the Capture of a Person’s Biometric Data for the first time into a Biometric System’s Database together with their other particulars that uniquely identify them like Name, Date of Birth, Gender and Nationality.

Web Biometric Registration is the first step of getting data into a Biometric System’s Database.

Emphasis must be made during Web Biometric Enrollment that, quality Biometric Data is captured at this step because Web Biometric Authentication’s success is dependent on best practices being adhered to during Web Biometric Registration.

To further understand the Web Biometric Enrollment process, it is vital to look at the factors that influence the success of Web Biometric Registration.

Web Biometric Enrollment

5 Factors that influence success of Web Biometric Enrollment

1. Mixing of Biometric Scanners from different vendors during Web Biometric Enrollment.

Fingerprint images from different manufacturers will produce Fingerprint Images with different Dimensions (length & width), Image Details, Pixel Resolution, and Quality. 

Fingerprint images from Fingerprint Scanners which have met FBI and NIST standards are the fingerprints that are recommended for use in Web Biometric Enrollment.

Usually, it is the leading Biometric Scanner manufacturers which will avail their devices for assessment of adherence and meeting of quality standards pressed upon by institutions like the FBI and NIST.

Take note that not every company which alleges to be a leading Biometric influencer in the Biometrics industry is one!  The Biometrics companies in this league have certifications to show for every one of those qualifications they have earned for excelling in the Biometrics industry. Imposters in the industry will add the tag ‘leading biometric company’ to their trademark. 

IMPORTANT: Always look for genuine certifications that are also acknowledged by other sectors in the Biometric industry to determine authenticity of a Biometric Scanner from any vendors.

Also, a leading Biometric Scanner manufacturer will have been in the industry at least for over a decade with a line of Fingerprint Scanners over the years with information on when every one of them was made available to the market.

This post will also recommend to you some of the Biometric Scanners which have met FBI and NIST standards for use in the Biometric industry.

Do not forget, during Web Biometric Enrollment, always use Fingerprint Scanners of the same type so that in your Biometric Database you have Fingerprints of the same Dimensions, Pixel Resolution, Image Details and Quality. This way, it will be easier to make any calibrations to the Fingerprint Images with the same parameter to meet any required adjustments in future like converting existing Biometric Data to a new industry Biometric Data type or industry requirement. This would not be possible if in your Biometric Database you have Fingerprint images of different configurations from various diverse Biometric Scanner vendors.

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2. Dry Fingers

Quality of Fingerprint Images captured during a Web Biometric Enrollment exercise can be affected by how dry the Fingerprint images are.

Dry Fingerprint s will be coarse and when presented on the Biometric Scanner for capturing of Fingerprint images will produce low quality Fingerprint images that will also make Web Biometric Authentication problematic later on.

To prevent Dry Fingerprint images from negatively affecting your Web Biometric Enrollment exercise, it is important to figure out how to handle this before Fingerprint images are captured.

A person with dry Fingerprints could be asked to rub their dry Fingers on their face. This can help moisten up a bit because the human face is usually oily before they present their Fingerprints again for enrollment.

The person with dry Fingerprints could oil their hands to make them smooth before presenting them again on a Biometric Scanner.

3. Wet Sweaty Fingers

Wet Fingerprints on the other hand can be a hindrance to a Web Biometric Enrollment exercise. First, they could mess up any paper work because if ink on paper is stained, it will discolor the registration documents or if on the Fingerprint Scanner, affect the Quality of the captured Fingerprint images.

Some people have Fingerprints which naturally sweat and are always wet. This however should not make them worry at all when they are required to present their Fingerprints for a Web Biometric Enrollment exercise.

To make it easy for Wet Sweaty Fingers to be enrolled on a Biometric System, you could recommend to the person to rub their Fingers on their trousers, skirt to dry them up before presenting their Fingerprints on a Biometric Scanner.

4. Cuts and injuries on Fingers

Temporary cuts and injuries can affect the quality of Fingerprint images during Web Biometric Enrollment.

This is so because, the cuts and injuries will heal after some time and future Biometric images captured during Web Biometric Authentication will be different from those captured during Web Biometric Enrollment.

The differences between Fingerprint images captured during Web Biometric Enrollment and during Web Biometric Authentication could influence the Comparison match scores to an extend that if the match scores fall below the desired threshold, the comparison result returns a NO MATCH value.

To prevent cuts and injuries affecting quality of Biometric Fingerprint Data captured during Web Biometric Enrollment, people could be asked to reschedule the web Biometric Registration until a time when their Fingerprint will have been healed. Affected persons could be asked to seek attention or non-affected fingers used instead during Fingerprint Registration.

5. Worn out and under developed Fingerprints

There are some exceptional cases that could prevent capturing and enrollment of quality Biometric Fingerprint images during Web Biometric Enrollment like Worn out Fingers and Under Developed Fingerprints.

People who engage in lots of menial jobs could after some time observe that their Fingerprint patterns are not clearly visible. During capturing of Fingerprints, their Fingerprint image patterns will not be clear and this could make it hard for some type of Biometric Fingerprint scanners to draw Biometric data from them. Persons who experience such should be advised to use protective gloves when working.

Under developed Fingerprints on the hand is prevalent with young kids whose Fingerprints are still developing. A kid’s fingerprints will change with time as they grow until to around age 5-6 years when their fingerprints will have become fully developed. Enrolling Biometrics of a kid could be different from the same fingerprints again in a 2-3 years’ time when they present them again for Web Biometric Authentication.

It is best recommended for kids  below ages 5-6 years to have their parents or guardians use their fingerprints instead for any Biometrics required registration processes until the kids are all grown up to be able to use Biometrics on their own.

There are studies and research currently underway, working towards availing Biometrics Scanners that can help with Biometric Fingerprint Enrollment of young kids into a Biometrics System.

A correctly done Web Biometric Registration exercise is one which endeavors to capture all pertinent information about a Person together with their Biometric Data.

What data is captured during Web Biometric Enrollment?

During Web Biometric Enrollment a series of activities happen. These activities target to register and enroll the following data. They are;

  1. Registration of Person’s Identifying Particulars
  2. Capturing of Person’s Biometric Data

1. Registration of Person’s Identifying Particulars

The Person details that can captured during registration entail but are not limited to the following;

  • First Name
  • Surname
  • Middle Name,
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Blood Group type
  • Religion
  • Employer
  • Marital status
  • National Identity Number / Social Security  Number

The information captured about a person at this step should only be the required information for the purpose at hand.

Depending on a case by case scenario, the person’s data captured can vary and in some instances there may be no much data required other than e.g the names and maybe the national identity number.

2. Capturing of Person’s Biometric Data

To capture Biometric Data of a Person, several things too need to be considered beforehand. The following are things that could be looked into to determine what Biometric Data is going to be captured during Web Biometric Enrollment.

  • Which Fingerprints are to be captured for Left Hand
  • Which Fingerprints are to be captured for Right Hand
  • Is one or more Fingerprints required for Fingerprint Registration
  • Are indexes of Enrolled Fingers required to be captured too e.g. is Fingerprint 1 a Left Index or a Middle Right |Finger or a Right Thumb
  • What is the format of the enrolled Biometric Fingerprint going to be? Is it going to be an image of type PNG, JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF or another data format?

After required Biometric Data is captured, together with other captured pertinent data of the person, the entire data set is combined together and archived in a Web Biometric Database.

To secure Web Biometric Enrollment process, it is important to factor in security concerns and ensure that the enrolled Biometric Data is safely channeled thru a secure network connection to the Biometric Database especially if it is being done remotely outside a company / organization’s headquarters.

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How should Biometric Registration and Enrollment be secured on Web?

To secure the entire Web Biometric Enrollment process, the following can be put into practice.

  • Run the Web Biometric Enrollment via a secure SSL connection. You should ensure that the Web Biometric Enrollment page is served to client computer via a secure HTTPS URL  link that would resemble something like https://CompanyWebAddress/WebBiometricEnrollmentPage Take not that it is NOT just http:// but https://
  • Update your preferred Web Browser to the latest version that has updated security features so that you only Web Biometric Enrollment on a Web Browser version you have confidence in.
  • Always download new Web Browsers or updates of your Web Browsers from the Web Browser vendors themselves to ensure that you do not install compromised Web Browsers on your Computers. For instance, you should never download Mozilla Firefox Web Browser from any other website other than from Mozilla website itself. Similarly, do not download Google Chrome Web Browser from any other website other than from Google itself. The same applies for other Web Browsers like Opera, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
  • Use Biometric Fingerprint Scanners from Trusted sources and Companies. Do not just buy or use in your network any Biometric Scanner you see or find in the market. As the twist of fate goes, these suspect Biometric Scanners are the ones that will fetch cheap market prices. Take care! These are devices that could be priced lowly in the market so as to be easily fordable but under the hood they are espionage electronic devices stealing Biometric Data and sending it to some country somewhere oversees for use by unscrupulous government agencies that have no respect for data rights and God knows for what other purpose they intend to use your Biometric data for.

Which are the Best and most Recommended Biometric Scanners for use in Web Biometric Enrollment?

Below is a list of Biometric Scanners you can confidently buy and use for your Web Biometrics Project. Just make sure you buy then from authentic sources and be wary of counterfeits that mimic their brands. They are;

  • DigitalPersona 4500
  • DigitalPersona 5100
  • DigitalPersona 5160
  • DigitalPersona 5200
  • DigitalPersona 5300
  • Eikon Touch 510
  • Eikon Touch 710
Recommended Biometric Fingerprint Scanners

What Web Browsers should be used for Web Biometric Enrollment?

You can use any Web Browser you love or are comfortable using but make sure it is a secure Web Browser that has recent updates and one that has been around for long  and with a good reputation in the market.

Some Web Browsers you could use for your Web Biometrics system are;

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Opera
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Internet Explorer

Finally, if you want to have Web Biometric Enrollment running on a Computer without hitches of Operating Systems glitches, consider using the following Microsoft Windows Operating Systems. Do not use Microsoft XP and anything below it at all. You should only use Windows 7 and above. Here are some stable Microsoft Windows operating systems you could use. Make sure you have genuine, registered and activated copies. They are;

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 10
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019

That’s all. Is there anything you deem should have been in this post but is missing and you would like it added to this post? Write to Jomutech Systems on the below e- mail for it to be looked into and reviewed for consideration for addition onto this post.

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Web Biometric Server

What is a Web Biometrics Server?

Web Biometric Server

A Web Biometrics Server is the Computer where the main Web Biometric Application is Installed, Hosted and Served to Client Computers from. In some Web Biometrics Authentication setups, t is also where the Biometrics Database is installed.

A Web Biometrics Server is a special back-end Computer where a couple of Biometrics functions take place like Biometrics Authentication and Biometrics Data Storage.

To further understand a Web Biometrics Server in details, it is essential to be well versed with the particulars that entail Good qualities of a Web Biometric Server.

The following items come into focus when identifying what goes for a good Web Biometric Server;

  1. Operating System
  2. RAM
  3. Processor Type and Speeds
  4. Hard Disk
  5. Ethernet Ports
  6. Web Server
  7. Database
  8. Network Security

1. Operating System:

In order to get the best out of your Web Biometric Server, plan to install an Operating System that will help you achieve what you want to do with your Biometrics Server.

The Operating System you choose to use should be one that has ongoing support from its Software Company. For example, to install Microsoft XP operating system for your Web Biometric Server would be a dumb thing to do circa 2019.

There are no Security Patches released for Microsoft XP nowadays and Microsoft no longer supports this operating system. Not unless your mission is Suicide, to prefer Microsoft XP against e.g. Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019 for your Web Biometrics Server would set you up on a path to Failure.

Similarly, installing Linux Servers with Linux versions that run old Kernels of Linux to your Web Biometrics Server is disastrous as these too like their Windows counter parts will not have been patched against recent security threats that are potentially able to dog them.

Even if you have the latest Operating System, you should always update it with the current Security Patches released by your Operating System vendor.

As you may have determined by now, you cannot be planning to implement a Web Biometric Security solution then slack on security updates of the Operating System where you will install your Biometric solution.

So what is an Ideal Operating System for a Web Biometrics Server?

Ideal Features of a Web Biometric Server’s Operating System.

  • Operating System should be a 64 bit Server. A 64 bit Server unlike a 32 bit Server will make it possible for your Operating System to use more than the 3.5Gb of RAM,. If you have for instance 8Gb RAM in your Server and your Operating System is 32 bit, it will only use 3.5Gb and the remaining 4.5 Gb will be wasted as the 32 bit Operating System will not allocate it System Resources of your Biometric Server.
  • Regular release of OS Security Patches by Software Vendor. The vendor of your Operating System should frequently release service packs to update security features that help secure your platform against adversarial attacks.
  • Reliable OS Support by Software Vendor. Establish if the support provided by the vendor is agreeable to your type of business model. You can subscribe for premium software support from your OS vendor to make it easy and quick to enlist for a helping hand when your platforms breaks down.
  • Easy to update online. There are various ways of updating operating system but the most convenient one is where you can connect a server to the internet, click update button and the OS is automatically updated.
  • Has a Good Reputation as a Stable OS for a Production Server. Scour tech forums and blog posts to see what the tech community has to say about the operating system you want to use. Is it troublesome? Is it stable? Does it crash often in production? Is it easy to maintain and install other software on it? How many big companies in the service line industry are using it? If you get positive responses to questions like these you will be able to assess its reliability.

2. RAM:

Web Biometric Authentication requires lots of memory to run at optimum speeds. It is even more resource intensive if the activity being carried out is Bioemetrics Identification (1:N) where a single fingerprint is being matched against several thousands of other fingerprints to narrow down to an individual.

This is the more reason why it is recommended by Jomutech Systems to prospective clients to have at least 16Gb of RAM or more in their Web Biometrics Server for optimum Biometrics Authentication speeds.

As a rule of thumb, if you are struggling to procure a Server with higher RAM because of cost implications then Biometrics is not for you. Find some other alternative security solution to implement but not Biometrics.

As mentioned earlier, stashing more memory RAM sticks on a Server with a 32 bit architecture or on a Server running a 32 bit Operating System is an exercise in futility. Ensure that you have a 64 bit Server / Operating System before embarking on upgrading the RAM to meet at least 16Gb of RAM.

3. Processor Type and Speed:

A Web Biometric Server needs super speeds to perform Biometric Authentication very fast otherwise you will have a lagging server that processes Biometric Authentication requests at snail speeds.

Those who get Web Biometric Servers with fast Several Core Processors realize Higher speeds for Biometric Authentication Speeds.

Most Servers will have 4 or more Core Processors. The more they are the more your Server can break down Biometric Authentication process into several thread processes and independently work on every one of them thus lowering the time taken to perform Biometric Authentication.

If you are cash strapped or the notion of having a procuring a Server with multiple core processors sounds like an extra cost for you, abandon the thought of implementing / integrating your Software Application with Biometrics. There is no need of waiting for 10 minutes for results of a Single Fingerprint Biometric Authentication process because you do not want to spend money on buying a Server with multiple core high speed processors then pretend to not know that Biometrics Applications require high speed processors to be responsive and fast.

A slow Web Biometric Application because of slow processor speeds and few core processors to help with multithreading will ultimately annoy those operating client computers running your Web Biometrics Application and their customers as well. The end loser will be you when they transition to a provider who offers an infrastructure with high speed processors with multiple core processing units onboard.

4. Hard Disk:

Biometric Data significantly occupies large data space in a Server and for this, you need to arrange to have enough space on your disk farm before implementing your Web Biometrics solution on any Server.

If you have several disk containers, configure RAID on them before installing Operating System. The Operating System will access the RAID configured disk containers as a single Hard Disk Resource.

The minimum size of Hard Disk space for an SME should be 1 Terabyte (Tb). The more space you have the better because a single Fingerprint Template or Blob field in the Database could occupy 312Kb or more depending on the preferred data type for archiving subjects’ Biometric data.

To get the best bargain for a Hard Disk (Disk containers), you can negotiate for better prices when buying a complete Server unlike buying single units of Hard Disks (Disk containers).

If you are just setting about to procure a Server for your Web Biometrics project, ask your hardware provider to give you a catalogue of Servers with 4, 8 or more core processors for you to choose from. The higher the number of core processor the better.

5. Ethernet (eth) Ports:

A Web Biometric Server will need to be connected to the network, internet, LAN, WAN for it to be accessible by Client Computers that will make remote calls to it for Biometric Authentication or for archiving of enrolled Biometrics Data.

To achieve a connection between Web Biometric Server and Client Computers, network ports popularly known as Ethernet ports will need to be present on the server.

You will need 4 or more Ethernet ports for your server.

If you are wondering why 4 Ethernet ports, first Ethernet cards do not cost an arm and a leg. They are among the cheapest peripherals that sub units that make up a Server. Now that we are past the cost hurdle, having at least 4 Ethernet ports will come in handy if you connect to several Routers and Switches to connect your Server to several Client computers.

Also, sometimes you need to block a particular network for maintenance and you do not want your Web Biometric Server to be offline for other partitions of your entire network so in this case having more Ethernet ports equips you to handle things amicably in a big network.

Lastly, if you have configured and connected your server to several failover Routers by procuring network connection services from multiple service providers, in the unfortunate event that one service provider experiences a down time, the availability of your Web Biometric Server to remote client computers is not affected. This is only possible if you have several Ethernet ports to juggle with.

6. Web Server:

To serve a Web Application over the network to client computers a Web Server is required.

What is a Web Server?

A Web server facilitates the provision, interpretation and processing of data requests from client computers. 

You will need to install software applications that provider Web Server instances on your Web Biometrics Server.

Web Server Software Applications you could install on your Web Biometrics Server include the following;

A PHP Web Biometrics Application would require an Apache, Nginx or IIS Web Server to process requests on the Web Bioemetric Server.

An ASPNET Web Biometric Application would require an IIS Web Server to process requests on the Web Biometric Server

A NodeJS Web Biometric Application could require ExpressJS Server to be installed at the Web Biometric Server for it to work.

Whichever Web Server you choose to use for your Web Biometric Server implementation,  make sure that you use the latest Web Serve and also make sure that the Web Server is a Stable release and not a beta release.

7. Database:

To archive Biometric Data in a Web Biometric Server you need a dedicated container for this. You could think of this as a special folder or a Software System for saving Biometric Data. This is what you call a Biometric Database.

There are several databases you could choose to use for archiving your Biometric Data.

Below is a list of Databases you can install in your Web Biometric Server for saving Biometric Data. They are;

If you are going to run an ASPNET Web Biometric application, you will be better off using MSSQL for your Biometric Database.

MSSQL is a Microsoft product and you will need to buy it before you could use it.

Nowadays there is MSSQL for Linux as well unlike in the past where MSSQL would only run on Windows hosts only.

PHP Web Biometric applications are popularly run on a MySQL or MariaDB backend. This is mostly because the LAMPP, WAMPP and XAMPP stacks ship both PHP, MySQL and MariaDB together.

For your Biometrics Database, try and get the stable and latest Database version of the Database currently available so that you can be assured that you are running your Biometrics Database on a secure Database and also get the benefit of using the latest Database management tools the current Database offers which are not available on previous Database versions.

8. Network Security:

One other thing you are going to have to make sure you get it right from the very beginning while setting up your Web Biometrics Server is Network Security.

Your Web Biometric Server should be secure and trusted by other nodes in the network.

The client computers should be assured that they are accessing a secure Web Server on your Web Biometric Server.

Modern Web Browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome have been designed and developed with Security in mind. They will raise an alert and complain that the Network connection they are about to remit data thru is not safe after evaluating the authenticity of the Network connection.

To secure the connection between your Web Biometrics Server and client computers running the Web Biometrics application you will need to install an updated SSL Certificate on the Web Biometric Server.

Initially this was not a must but nowadays you have no option but to install one.

This is the only way you can secure your connection and give credibility to client web browsers that they are running a safe Web Application from your Web Biometrics Server.

Clients who are keen on matters security will call you and notify you when you are no longer serving secured web applications to their client computers.

An SSL secured web application will run on a client web browser with a preceding https:// at the address bar. Take note that for a SSL secured connection it will be https:// and not http://

Your SSL secured web link served by your Web Biometric Server should be something like the following

https://WebBiometericServer/WebBiometricAuthenticationPage/ for Biometric Authentication web page or

https://WebBiometricServer/WebBiometricEnrollmentPage/ for Web Biometric Enrollment web page.

There is https:// at the beginning of each of the URLs. and not a http://

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Web Biometric Authentication

To understand Web Biometric Authentication, it is essential to understand what Web Applications are and how they work.

Web Applications

So what is a Web Application and how does it work?

A Web Application is a Software Application that is served from a Server Computer to a Client Computer over a network connection and is run on a Web Browser.

Anything that you have to run on a Web Browser like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer is a Web Application. Google is an example of a Web Application you access via a Web Browser.

Have you noticed the increased rate at which standalone software applications are existing the stage in favor of web based applications?

Did you know that Microsoft now gives you an option to use Microsoft Office on Web in their new Office 365 suit?

Times are changing very fast and guess what? Do not be surprised if your best software may not have an update next time but send you a prompt to migrate your data to the new web based version.

Organizations are frequently finding themselves in situations requiring them to transition from standalone applications to web based applications.

Sometimes the urgency to migrate to web for an organization’s information system may be abrupt with no time and room for making mistakes.

Once in a while an entire software development team finds themselves requiring to attend training or classes to learn how to code in web so that they can be equipped to support the new web based system that is getting adopted.

It is good if you are in an active software development career to get yourself well versed with how to code in web more so these days if you do not want your skill set to be obsoleted and rendered redundant.

Web Biometrics

With more standalone applications being re-engineered or replaced with web based applications, comes the need to provide secure access control means of authenticating users.

Just like in standalone software applications, passwords are the most commonly used means of authenticating users on web based applications.

Using Passwords alone on web have long outlived their usefulness. New security threats on the web sphere have made it unsafe to rely solely on Password to authenticate users on web.

The most prevalent problem in implementing access control solutions is the challenge of concretely determining if a person is who they are alleging to be.

If a Person’s password is stolen or a person decides to share their password with another person, a software with an easy to compromise security vault will grant the offending person access rights.

This however is not possible with Biometrics.

With Biometrics, you will have to be present to log into a Biometric controlled system. Nobody can do it for you.

Any login attempt via a Biometrics Authentication Web page cannot be disputed. It is a sure way of verifying and confirming that it is indeed Subject X and NOT Subject Y that gained access into a Web based Application

This is where Web Biometric Fingerprint Authentication stands tall among PASSWORDS, PINS, and SECURITY CODES.

With Biometrics Fingerprint Authentication, Foolproof instances of Web Application access and Audit can be relied upon unlike the case of PASSWORDS.

Biometrics Authentication is making use of Web Applications on Internet, VPNs and Cloud more secure than ever before and this is significantly helping combat and prevent Fraud in Large Scale.

Web Biometric Authentication

What is Web Biometric Authentication?

Web Biometric Authentication is the use of Biometric Authentication Technology to provide Verification and Identification access control features to determine True Identity of an individual intending to gain access to a Web Browser based Application.

That’s it!

Implementing Web Biometric Authentication

The most important aspect of securing your Web Browser based Application is knowing how to go about adding Biometrics.

Before you embark on integrating Biometrics to your Web Application, there are a couple of factors you need to consider beforehand.

They are;

  1. Targeted Web Browsers
  2. Targeted Operating Systems
  3. Your Web Application’s Programming Language
  4. Type of Fingerprint Scanner
  5. Web Biometric API

a). Targeted Web Browser

Do you need your Web Browser Application to run on a variety of Web Browsers? In this case, you should find a Web Biometric Authentication software solution that makes it possible for you to add Biometric Authentication to Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.

If you are only interested in having a Web Biometric Authentication solution that works and you are comfortable using Internet Explorer, you will be able to integrate Biometric Authentication in your Web Application for less and with much ease.

Internet Explorer has been used for quite some time now for running Applications that run on Microsoft Windows Desktops on Web with much flexibility and speed.

b). Targeted Operating Systems

Before choosing a Web Biometric Authentication software solution to integrate with your Web Browser based Applications, first confirm what Operating Systems your targeted Computers will be running.

The Web Biometric Authentication solutions by Jomutech Systems are designed and developed for Windows client Computers only.

Jomutech Systems can however assist you to implement a Windows or Linux Biometrics Server for your Web Biometric Authentication solution.

IF you are planning to integrate your Web Browser based Application that runs on Windows with Web Biometric Authentication, Jomutech Systems will offer you support to get this right from the word go.

c). Your Web Application’s Programming Language

It is easier to implement Biometric Authentication in some Programming and Scripting Languages than in others.

A good example is with Ruby on Rails. It is laughable to force yourself to develop and implement a Ruby on Rails Web Application on Windows. Ruby on Rails fairs well on Linux.

Even though most Ruby on Rails Web Applications run on the client side on Windows computers, their back-ends that run on Linux make it an uphill task to implement a Web Biometric Authentication solution.

It is possible but you will be wise to use that time, energy and resources to implement your Web Biometric Authentication solution with Web Programming Technologies like PHP, ASP.NET, Python, NodeJS, HTML5, JavaScript.

At Jomutech Systems you can enlist for Biometrics Developer Support and Guidance to integrate your Web Application with a variety of Web Programming technologies.

If your Web Application is developed in a Programming / Scripting language which worries and makes you think that you cannot get help integrating Biometrics Authentication with, you will get assistance on how to integrate it with Biometrics at Jomutech Systems. Send an e-mail at Jomutech Systems to discuss your project further. In fact, those are some of the most challenging and interesting projects that are best solved at Jomutech Systems.

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d). Type of Fingerprint Scanner

The success of your Web Biometrics project will be largely dependent on your choice of Biometrics Fingerprint Scanners.

A bad choice of Biometric Fingerprint Scanners for your Web Biometric Authentication will give you headaches and sleepless nights.

Web Applications unlike standalone applications, once a problem features in the Web Application, all users of the same Web Application will experience it. This is why at Jomutech Systems Clients are recommended Fingerprint Scanner devices that have excelled before in implementing diverse Web based Biometrics Authentication solutions so that clients also experience the same success which has been experienced before by their predecessors.

With the High costs of procuring and implementing Biometrics Authentication, clients cannot afford to make mistakes with choice of Biometric Fingerprint Scanners they choose to use.

Choice of Fingerprint Scanners recommended at Jomutech Systems for Clients to use for developing and integrating Web Biometrics solution are listed here below;

  • DigitalPersona 4500
  • DigitalPersona 5100
  • DigitalPersona 5160
  • DigitalPersona 5200
  • DigitalPersona 5300
  • Eikon Touch 510
  • Eikon Touch 710
Recommended Biometric Fingerprint Scanners

More Fingerprint Scanners will be added onto this list after they are tested and confirmed to work seamlessly on Web Browser based Biometric Applications.

DigitalPersona and Eikon Touch Fingerprint Scanner devices are less costly and average the same cost of other Fingerprint Scanners in the market that do not work on Web Applications. For USD $ 89 – 99 you can get a unit piece.

The most significant reason why at Jomutech Systems the DigitalPersona and Eikon Touch are the most recommended to Clients is that Clients always WIN with these Fingerprint Scanners because, unlike other Fingerprint Scanners in the market which will work e.g. on Standalone applications only, this particular set of Fingerprint Scanners will work on a variety of platforms should you want to use them for other use cases in your company. These recommended Fingerprint Scanners will also work on Standalone, Web, Linux, Cloud, Raspberry Pi boards and Android Software Applications.

You will not need to buy other Fingerprint Scanners if you have any of these Fingerprint Scanners for your other Biometrics Projects in other operating system.


Lastly, before choosing a Biometric Fingerprint Scanner, check out for its reputation in the market. How long has it been in the market? Does the manufacturer make efforts to keep up with the changing market demands and changing technology times to keep innovating and availing satisfactory and improved Biometrics Fingerprint Scanners to the market?

The DigitalPersona Fingerprint Scanner is a device that has been in the market since 1996 and for this long they have been around, they have been innovating and availing new series and brands of their Fingerprint Scanners to compete in the market and meet changing Biometric Authentication requirement needs.

For How long has that $20 or $40 Fingerprint Scanner where they are offering to print your company name and logo on them been in the market?

Take note that with the majority of the other Fingerprint Scanners flooded in the market, you will find that you cannot use them on Web, Cloud, Android, Raspberry Pi boards, Linux simultaneously like you would do with DigitalPersona and Eikon Touch yet they cost the same or higher in price value per unit.

Finally, always exercise caution when purchasing Biometric Fingerprint Scanners so that you do not form part of the statistics of other unlucky people and companies who have been tricked and conned to buying some funny contraptions of Biometrics Scanners from countries specializing in breaching copyrights, manufacturing defective and counterfeit Biometrics Electronic devices which are dirt cheap and end up finding that the devices cannot do what they allege to do. Usually you will see something like this on their websites alongside the biometrics scanners they are pitching for you to buy, “…we provide government biometrics finger solutions to win elections” or “…our biometrics scanners are professional we can add your brand and company name on them”. Another thing, you can never be sure if these type of devices are spying on you and remitting your Biometric data covertly over the internet to some shrewd government agency somewhere. To identify this scam is easy but it could also be very elusive if you do not have a trained eye to see it. This is highlighted here to help you navigate these caveat and snares when implementing your Web Biometric Authentication application especially if you are a first timer seeking to implement a Web Biometric Authentication solution so that you do not fall for this neatly crafted deceit! Jomutech Systems cares about you and wants you to get it right the first time so that your Web Biometrics Authentication project is a success from the word go! Who else got your back like this? Toss a beer to that!

e). Web Biometric API

The other thing to consider before identifying your choice of a Web Biometric Authentication solution is the Web Biometric API.

Things you could consider when deciding upon a Biometric API could include the following;

  • Ease of use / integrating with Web Biometric API
  • Licensing of Web Biomeetric API
  • Limitation on number of Web Client Computers it can be used
  • Limitation on number of Web Server Computers it can be used
  • Operating System it supports for Web Client Computers
  • Operating System it supports for Web Server Computers.
  • Does it support Programming Language used to Develop your Web Application?
  • Is the Technical Support provided by the vendor of Web Biometric API satisfactory? This you can tell by how enthusiastic they are about their product.
  • Cost of Web Biometric Authentication
  • Is it Easy to Migrate and use your Biometric Data Captured and Enrolled by this Web Biometric API to other Biometric Systems?

The above list should suffice at least in most scenarios to help you scout for a Web Biometric Solution that meets your needs.

The 2 Main Components in a Web Biometrics Application

To integrate Biometrics in any Web Application successfully you will need to implement the following in your Web Application in order to make it a full-fledged Web Biometric Authentication Software Application. They are;

  1. Web Biometric Enrollment
  2. Web Biometric Authentication

Web Biometric Enrollment Component

In Web Biometrics Enrollment is where you will capture a Person’s Biometric Data for the first time for saving into the Database alongside their other particulars like Name, Gender, Nationality, Date of Birth. Current City.

This component is very vital in that, most of the biometrics data stem from how Biometrics Enrollment was done.

As noted earlier in the discussion about Fingerprint Scanners, during Web Biometric Enrollment you should not mix Fingerprint Scanner types because in your Biometrics Database you would end up with Fingerprints of different sizes, hue, and quality among other data configurations that are specific to a Biometrics Fingerprint image Data.

Using one type of Biometric Fingerprint Scanner during Web Biometric Enrollment makes it easier to prevent any Biometric Enrollment data issues that could arise later as a result of using Fingerprint Images of different configurations in the same database.

DigitalPersona and Eikon Touch listed above require a single Web Biometric Enrollment of a Fingerprint to have at least 4 or more Fingerprint images captured so that Fingerprint Image with the best Quality and clear features is selected automatically by the Web Biometric Enrollment algorithm for archiving into the Web Biometric Database.

Majority of other Fingerprints and their APIs capture only one Fingerprint image during Web Biometric Enrollment. This is usually a bad practice as only the captured Fingerprint is enrolled with no checking whether it was of Quality standard, passed the threshold of Good Fingerprint Image safe for future Fingerprint Web Biometric Authentication processes. To steer away from these and other related problems always go for DigitalPersona and Eikon Touch.

Web Biometric Authentication Component

Using Biometrics to authenticate a person with Biometrics is facilitated by the Biometric Authentication Component of a Web Biometrics System.

In Web Biometric Authentication, the Biometrics Fingerprint data that was saved during Web Biometric Enrollment is retrieved from database and the captured Biometric Fingerprint Data is compared with it to Verify or Identify a Person.

The success of Web Biometrics Authentication is determined by the quality of Biometric Fingerprint data captured during Biometric Enrollment and the type of Fingerprint Scanner used.

Web Biometric Authentication happens on the server side either on Windows or Linux Server so that this task is resource intensive and is relegated to the computer with more processing power and RAM memory.

At Jomutech Systems you can ask for Web Biometric Authentication Server Side Software Application that runs on either Windows or Linux. In fact, if you want, you can get the Server Side only if that is what you need and will be given a Quotation and invoice for the same and get Help to set it up on your Server remotely.

That’s all!

Is there anything you would like to be clarified to you about Web Biometric Authentication or something you would like added onto this post? If so, bring it to the attention of Jomutech Systems via e-mail below and it will be looked into and later considered for addition to this post.

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