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Plug-in Reference

Biometric devices are manufactured in a wide variety of types and configurations. The Windows Biometric Framework incorporates an extensible architecture that enables you to deal with this variety by creating custom plug-ins. At the center of this architecture is a software object called a biometric unit. You can think of a biometric unit as an abstraction that represents a biometric device to the Framework. Plug-in software components called adapters connect the biometric unit to the associated hardware. There are three types of adapters that you can create. An engine adapter generates biometric templates from captured samples, matches samples to existing templates, and indexes templates. A sensor adapter wraps a biometric device and provides a standard interface for configuring the sensor, capturing samples, and controlling the flow of biometric data to the processing engine. A storage adapter manages template databases.

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Plug-in Functions

Functions you can use to create the adapter plug-ins that make up a biometric unit.

Plug-in Structures

Structures for client application development by the Windows Biometric Framework API.

Plug-in Wrapper Functions

Wrapper functions that allow you to call a public function on any adapter attached to the pipeline without manually acquiring a pointer to the adapter.