Palm vein authentication, which reads the pattern of veins in the palm, offers the benefits of being highly accurate and difficult to forge.
Fujitsu and Fujitsu Frontech are expanding their line of palm vein authentication devices with the addition of two new products, the Fujitsu Biometric Authentication PalmSecure-F Pro and the Fujitsu Biometric Authentication Palm Vein Authentication Board.
In recent years, to prevent damage caused by information leaks and identity fraud, biometric authentication technologies are becoming more prevalent. Among these technologies, palm vein authentication, which reads the pattern of veins in the palm, offers the benefits of being highly accurate and difficult to forge. These features are why it is used by over 70 million people around the world in applications such as verifying customer identity at a bank ATM, for PC access management in companies, and for room access management.
Palm vein authentication is not new. We covered Fujitsu's technology back in 2013. Back then, even students at a Malaysian university ran a finger-vein authentication project using tools from National Instruments.
While maintaining support for the vein templates of PalmSecure Sensor V2, available since 2010, PalmSecure-F Pro is more compact, has improved operability, and greater tolerance to sunlight. These enhancements make it possible to overcome size and sunlight exposure limitations which previously had made embedding into equipment difficult.
For the PalmSecure-F Pro has achieved a height of 13mm, less than half that of the PalmSecure Sensor V2, while maintaining the same authentication accuracy. The sensor also employs sophisticated technology for the extraction of only the data required for palm authentication image capture. In this way it realises highly precise authentication, specifically, a false rejection rate of 0.01% (one retry), and a false acceptance rate of less than 0.00001%. This makes it possible to recognise an individual from data of up to 10,000 hands, or 5,000 people with both-hand registration.
Meanwhile, the Palm Vein Authentication Board is a compact, smartcard-sized control board (85mm x 54mm x 20mm) with firmware that processes such functions as image capture, registration, and authentication. Previously, use of palm vein authentication was restricted to such operating systems as Windows and Linux, but this product makes it possible to build vein authentication systems that are independent of the operating system.
Figure 1: Smartcard-sized design (Source: Fujitsu)
Sales of the new products will begin in late October.