Enrolling vs. Searching

There are basically two requirements for using the optical fingerprint sensor. First is you'll need to enroll fingerprints - that means assigning ID #'s to each print so you can query them later. Once you've enrolled all your prints, you can easily 'search' the sensor, asking it to identify which ID (if any) is currently being photographed.

You can enroll using the Windows software (easiest and neat because it shows you the photograph of the print) or with the Arduino sketch (good for when you don't have a Windows machine handy or for on-the-road enrolling).

This guide was first published on Nov 05, 2012. It was last updated on Nov 19, 2018. This page (Enrolling vs. Searching) was last updated on Nov 24, 2017.