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Siemens, Fujitsu partner on biometric ID

Posted: 06 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:biometric identification? palm vein authentication system? infrared?

Siemens IT Solutions and Services and Fujitsu Ltd have entered into a business collaboration to expand the market for the PalmSecure palm vein authentication system developed by Fujitsu in combination with Siemens' biometric software ID Center.

The companies have combined their technologies to develop a new biometric IT solution for personal recognition using palm vein scanning. The combination of the Siemens ID Center and the Fujitsu PalmSecure device recognizes the vein pattern under the skin on the palm of the hand that is unique to each individual. The palm is scanned without direct contact by an infrared scanner. This hygienic procedure is of particular interest for use in hospitals or for frequently used devices such as ATMs.

At a distance of only a few centimeters, near infrared rays scan the palm to identify the person in a matter of seconds. During this process the captured hand vein pattern is verified against a pre-registered pattern for the person being scanned. It is practically impossible to forge the identity since the veins are under the skin; unlike the fingerprint scan in which identification can be distorted if the fingers are soiled or have cuts, the hand vein scan offers the additional benefit that authentication is still possible even if the hands are soiled.

Fujitsu provides PalmSecure to authenticate individuals in banks, hospitals, universities and municipal authorities. The Siemens biometric software ID Center provides extremely secure administration of the data collected with this type of application and has already been installed worldwide by numerous customers in public sector, healthcare, and industry segments.

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