Fujitsu's contactless Palm Vein authentication technology offers a helping hand
Amid the heightened security climate in recent years and fears of terrorism, there has been a surge in demand for accurate biometric authentication methods. Meanwhile, recent bank card forgery cases in Japan have numbered in the hundreds, involving dozens of financial institutions and hundreds of millions of yen. Victims are usually unaware their money is being stolen until it's too late. To help deal with this growing problem, Fujitsu has developed a unique biometric security technology that puts access in the palm of a user's hand and no one else's.
Fujitsu's palm vein device captures an individual's palm image with near-infrared rays. The deoxidised haemoglobin in the palm vein absorbs these rays, thereby reducing the reflection rate and causing the veins to appear as a black pattern. This vein pattern is then verified against the pre-registered pattern to authenticate the individual. As the veins are internal in the body and have a wealth of differentiating features, assuming false identity through forgery is extremely difficult, thereby enabling an extremely high level of security.
Besides the high accuracy of a false rejection rate of 0.01% and a false acceptance rate of less than 0.00008 %, Fujitsu's contactless palm vein authentication offers a range of advantages over other biometric technologies. Fujitsu's palm vein sensory technology is extremely user-friendly, creating a touch-free, hygienic solution necessary for public use. The user simply places the palm of the hand above the reader, and the machine does all the work.
"This technology will experience dramatic growth in the coming years as organisations implement improvements in IT and infrastructure security. The value proposition that palm vein technology offers is resonating well with users, and we are very excited to put a new biometric identification system on the market that can meet growing customer needs," said Thomas Bengs, Palm Vein Product Manager of the Fujitsu Europe Limited.