What would you say are the key advantages of vein pattern recognition overother biometric techniques?
Vein pattern recognition offers an array of advantages over other biometricmodalities, especially in the area of people considerations, including the following:
Ease of feature extraction
Veins provide large, robust, relatively stable and hidden(to the naked eye) biometric features.
Vein patterns are not easily observed, damaged, obscured orchanged. They do not exhibit latency properties, and they are quite difficult to replicate.This makes them highly resistant to spoofing.
Vein patterns have very low false acceptance levels (< .0001%) andlow false reject levels (< .01%). Further, less than 0.1% of most populations areincapable of enrolling. Vein pattern biometrics can differentiate between identical twins;that claim is shared only by iris and retina recognition and fingerprint modalities.
Vein patterns are much less susceptible to many externalfactors in the way that fingerprinting, facial recognition, or iris scanning can be.
Vein pattern technology can be privacy enhancing; it is fast (< 2
seconds), user intuitive regarding the placement of one’s finger or hand, hygienic, and is
generally bereft of cultural bias and criminal stigmas.
VPR sensors are quite compact and are now approaching the size ofthe smallest fingerprint readers, and they are continuing to rapidly downsize, increasingportability for use with mobile devices.
Hitachi dominates the Japanese market with its finger vein products. How are thesedeployments going?
The deployments throughout Japan have gone very well. As of April 2007, 75% of Japanese
bank branches have successfully implemented Hitachi’s fin
ger vein technology, representingover 26,548 ATMs nationwide. In addition, Hitachi has deployed over 60,000 logical accessfinger vein systems and over 20,000 physical access systems in Japan. The Hitachi finger veintechnology is now taking root globally.
What are the key applications that vein pattern technology can address?
Most people associate biometrics with security applications such as physical and logical access.Indeed, physical access to buildings, laboratories, data centers, and other secure facilities is a