World’s first imaging technology for use in palm vein biometric authentication by Fujitsu
Fujitsu announced the development of world’s first high speed image capture technology for palm vein biometric authentication capable of operating even when the palm is in motion at the speed of 1 meter per second. It will take only one millisecond for this new technology to capture the image providing authentication with the same level of accuracy as previous iteration of this technology. Developed biometric technology by Fujitsu which is based on the patterns of veins in palm has number of advantages which includes enabling high accuracy authentication and measuring a feature that is inside body which is very difficult to falsify. This technology is based on non-contact palm vein authentication system that is called PalmSecure targeted in such application as client authentication system in bank. With the previous version of this technology the individual’s palm needed to be held over the authentication sensor for sometimes in order for system to capture an image of the palm’s vein which limited the number applications this technology can be applied to. In order to broaden the applicability of this technology and its application, it was necessary in addition to suspending palm over this system; the system should also be able to operate properly when users pass their palms over the sensor. In order to achieve such capability the new authentication system employs a high speed shutter to capture images of the palm veins without blurring even when the palm of an individual is in motion. Furthermore, Fujitsu has introduced a new functionality capable of automatically selecting the best image for authentication from the stream of images captured with the frame rate of 30fps. With the use of this functionality Fujitsu was able to use the previous version of palm vein authentication software. With the introduction of this new feature, Fujitsu is widening the number of application fields where such authentication technology can be applied such as hospitals, government offices as well as train stations for commuters.