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fingerprint template

In biometrics, a fingerprint template is the name used to describe a stored file in a fingerprint scanning system. When a fingerprint is entered in to the system, only a "template" of the fingerprint is stored, not an image of the fingerprint. A fingerprint template is smaller than the actual fingerprint image and using the template instead of an image makes for faster processing time.


See "How Fingerprint Scanners Work" in the ""Did You Know..." section of Webopedia.
See also "How Biometrics Security Works" in the "Did You Know..." section of Webopedia.

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