Individual identification using electrocardiogram morphology

Antonio Fratini, Mario Sansone, Paolo Bifulco, Maria Romano, Alessandro Pepino, Mario Cesarelli, Giovanni D'Addio

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The use of electrocardiogram as biometric has raised attention in the last decade and a wide variety of ECG features were explored to verify the feasibility of such a signal. In this work the authors aim to describe a simple template based approach to the electrocardiographic biometric identification using the morphology of individual's heartbeat. The developed algorithm was tested on different recordings made available in the Physionet public database Fantasia: two different sets of heartbeats were extracted from individual recordings one was used for the template building while the second for the tests. The performances of the algorithm are encouraging with a true acceptance rate of 99.4%, however, the procedure needs to be tested on different recordings of the same individual, or during the course of a whole day or physical activity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMeMeA 2013 - IEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications, Proceedings
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventIEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications, MeMeA 2013 - Gatineau, QC, Canada
Duration: Mar 4 2013Mar 5 2013


OtherIEEE International Symposium on Medical Measurements and Applications, MeMeA 2013
CityGatineau, QC


  • electrocardiogram morphology
  • feature extraction
  • individual identification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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