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On-line Signature Verification on a Mobile Platform

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Source: International Workshop on Mobile security, Santa Clara, USA, October 2010
Authors: N. Houmani, S. Garcia-Salicetti, M. El-Yacoubi, B. Dorizzi
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Abstract: This paper concerns the implementation of our online signature verification system on a mobile device. Verification involves confirming or denying a person's claimed identity. Our system is based on a Hidden Markov Model and outputs two complementary scores: the first one is related to the likelihood given by the HMM of the claimed identity; the second one is related to the segmentation given by such an HMM on the input signature. A claimed identity is confirmed when the arithmetic mean of the two scores obtained on such an input signature is higher than a threshold. Also, a personal normalization of the local parameters of the signature is carried out to make the system robust to changes of platforms. A patent was submitted with special emphasis on the latter claim. This system is implemented on a mobile platform PDA Qtek 2020 ARM 400 MHz. An acquisition interface is developed allowing an enrollment step of a person by acquisition of 5 of his/her signatures, and a verification step of a given signature of a registered person. Enrolment speed depends on the complexity of the signature, while verification is performed in real time. Performance assessment of our system, carried out on two databases acquired on a PDA, shows a degradation of system performance on mobile platform compared to a fixed platform. In order to improve the performance in the case of mobility, we propose a strategy for enhancing the quality of the reference signatures at the enrolment phase.

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