Image Source: MSU Biometrics (2004)
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.
Recommended Reading: See Webopedia’s How Fingerprint Scanners Work and also learn How Biometrics Security Works.