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Fujitsu debuts mouse with finger vein authentication

Posted: 13 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:palm vein biometrics? biometric authentication? login-authentication software?

PalmSecure PC Login Kit

Fujitsu Ltd and Fujitsu Frontech Ltd have developed a PC Login Kit for use with the PalmSecure palm vein biometric authentication device and have and begun sales of a mouse model and a standard model for corporate users.

The PalmSecure PC Login Kit comes standard with login-authentication software, enabling client-side authentication and eliminating the need to use an authentication server, which had been required up until now. Other improvements have been incorporated including faster authentication speeds without a palm guide and greater tolerance for the distance and angle of the hand when it passes over the device. (The palm guide is the platform that stabilizes wrist and finger positions for use when registering or scanning a person's palm vein pattern.)

With the PalmSecure PC Login Kit, logins to PCs or applications which requires IDs and passwords can now be done using secure palm vein biometric authentication, said Fujitsu.

Secured log-in
To comply with Japan's Personal Information Protection Law and enhanced internal corporate compliance policies, it has become increasingly important to authenticate the identity of people using particular PCs to prevent data leaks from PCs due to unauthorized access or identity fraud.

In 2004, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Frontech commercialized the PalmSecure palm vein biometric authentication device, which offers high security and ease of use. Since then, companies have provided the technology to financial institutions and other industries and organizations for use in PC login, physical admission into secured areas, management for work time clocks and library book lending systems.

The two companies developed PalmSecure PC Login Kit to make it more simple and economical for customers to deploy Fujitsu's palm vein authentication technology. Installing login-authentication software as standard-equipped software, sophisticated authentication can be handled by the PC itself, with no need for an authentication server.

The mouse model, said to be the world's first PC mouse equipped with a palm vein biometric authentication sensor, can easily replace an existing PC mouse, offering convenience and space-saving advantages. The companies have also added a compact and portable standard model to their line of PC login kits.

The palm vein authentication PC Login Kit is easy to install. Users can simply install the PC login-authentication software on the PC and attach the device to begin use. To provide authentication, users simply hold their palms over the sensor to log into PCs or applications instead of IDs and passwords. Once the data of one's palm vein patterns is registered, the information can be used for confirming access to all other applications, eliminating the need to remember numerous separate IDs and passwords for each application. Moreover, improvements have been incorporated into the product such as faster authentication speeds without a palm guide and greater tolerance for the distance and angle of the hand when it passes over the device.

The kit is available in two models: the mouse model and the standard model. Both are available in black, white and gray flavors are now shipping.

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