March 2008

Fujitsu PalmSecure

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Contactless Biometric Sensors are a boon to the various government programmes that require mass deployment and answers to the call of public hygiene. Fujitsu’s PalmSecure authenticates users on the basis of the active blood flow in the veins of the palm. Since the biometric characteristics required to be authenticated resides inside the body, it is extremely difficult to duplicate or transfer, making it ideal for various Defence and other key Government programmes.

INTRODUCTION

Today, government and financial institutions are aggressively looking towards use of Biometrics to register the users and give them access to various programmes and services like Ration Cards, Driving License, Passports, PAN, Voters card, ATMs, Lockers, etc. Such initiatives on a mass scale are aimed at bringing transparency to the system and minimising the cost of operations. However, it also brings in the issue of public hygiene of using the same sensor and minimising the false acceptance rate at such a large scale.

Contactless Biometric Technology like PalmSecure from Fujitsu provides the answer to these issues. PalmSecure is now available in India.

WHAT IS PALMSECURE

The PalmSecure sensor detects the structure of the pattern of veins on the palm of the human hand with the utmost precision from a distance of 4-6 cms. The scanner makes use of a special characteristic of the reduced hemoglobin coursing through the palm veins — it absorbs near-infrared light. This makes it possible for sensor to take a snapshot of what is beneath the outer skin, something very hard to read or steal and store it in an encrypted form on Database or Smartcard. This pattern does not change throughout the person’s life  and is different even in left and right palm. The near-infrared rays in the palm vein scanner have no effect on the body when scanning.

KEY  APPLICATIONS AREAS

Due to the above mentioned special characteristics, PalmSecure make an ideal choice for certain key applications like :

  • Visitor Verification : at various points in an organisation or location, specially applicable to cases like airport check-ins and boarding, monitoring and controlling visitors’ movement, etc.
  • Physical Access Control : at very high security areas like Parliament, Government Offices, Critical Research and Development Facilities, Defence establishments, etc
  • Logical Access Control: Access to sensitive data, ATM transaction access to private data of patients in hospitals, PC / Web Login, etc.
  • Monitoring and Managing Various IDs on Large Scale: like on various e-Gov projects involving many identities, under various programmes.

Sector-wise, PalmSecure is most ideal for:

  • Government: Issuing Biometric ID card, Passport, Ration Cards, etc and control its misuse; very effective in maintaining Land Records, Wages Distribution,
  • Pension Distribution and other social benefits; thus ensuring  rotection against forgery of various Govt. Documents, etc.
  • Banking: Palm Vein data can be stored in smartcard (or in combination with Magnetic swipe cards), let verification takes place at ATM (or Locker).
  • Medical Environment: PalmSecure helps in maintaining the hygiene factor in these areas; allow access of patients’ personal data only to the authorised person; helps in verifying during medical insurance.

  • Airport / Airline Check-in : Helps in ensuring passenger identity during boarding from check-in data; allow access in the plane and sensitive areas only to the authorised staff, thus protecting against false authorisation granted even in case of twins.
  • Other areas : Enabling ignition systems in automobiles; System and folder Login; Access control at apartments; Time and attendance; Library ID management; Student ID management; Enabling cashless payments; Hotel room access, etc.

CONCLUSION

“Fingerprint scans and face recognition ID methods are associated with the police by some people on a psychological level,” says Shigeru Sasaki, director of Fujitsu’s Media Solutions Laboratory. “In public areas, others don’t like the thought of touching what everyone else has touched for sanitary reasons. This is why we created a contactless palm vein scanner.”

Fujitsu’s PalmSecure takes on the challenges faced by many of the current biometric technologies available today. The USP of being purely contactless makes PalmSecure an ideal choice for deployment in various public programmes and services and addresses the concerns of public hygiene and convenience on a mass scale and providing lower cost of operations and maintenance cost. No doubt, PalmSecure is increasingly being adopted by many banks, hospitals, Government projects worldwide



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