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The Contactless Biometric Technology provided by Fujitsu, “PalmSecure™”, may provide answers to the various challenges faced by other biometrics today. The idea of scanning the complex blood vein pattern having the deoxidized hemoglobin in the blood at a distance of 4-6 cms, is certainly difficult to bypass or forge with the current available knowledge. This makes PalmSecure™ an ideal choice for implementation on mass scale. So now … you may take an Oath … No Compromise on Identities!! informs Sanjay Srivastava. INTRODUCTION When organizations like Government, Financial Institutions, Healthcare Institutes and various Corporate plan to issue Biometric IDs to their users, they aim for operational efficiency driven by control on costs and secured access to their programs. However, one element that haunts such implementations is its mass acceptability by the intended users and the minimization of its misuse to gain unauthorized access, especially on monetary transactions, private information and sensitive information. Most of us are not unaware of the vulnerability of the current biometric technologies and the possibilities of fooling them. Continuous research and technological improvements in these technologies try to fill these gaps and Fujitsu’s PalmSecure™ is one such answer. Fujitsu’s PalmSecure™ takes the advantage of the natural position of an individual’s palm and using the wealth of information of the complex vein palm veins — it absorbs nearinfrared light. This makes it possible to take a snapshot of what's beneath the outer skin, something very hard to read or steal. This pattern is recorded by the sensor and is stored in encrypted form in a database, on a token or on a smart card. pattern inside the palm, provides a unique biometric key. Since the biometric characteristics required to be authenticated resides inside the body, it is extremely difficult to duplicate or transfer. The palm vein pattern is so unique that even the left hand vein pattern is different from that of right hand. All these advantages make PalmSecure™ an ideal choice for mass deployment, yet maintaining high accuracy and cost effectiveness. 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 at a distance of 4-6 cms. The scanner makes use of a special characteristic of the reduced hemoglobin coursing through the The near-infrared rays in the palm vein scanner have no effect on the body when scanning. To verify or identify a person who is already registered, the detected vein pattern is compared with the pattern stored in the database for that person. Every person has a unique structure and position of veins in the palm of the hand and this does not change throughout the person's life even twins have a unique vein pattern. Indeed each hand has a unique pattern. Try logging in with your left hand after registering with your right, and you'll be denied access. As the biometric information detected is located inside the human body and the
vein pattern is extremely complex, it is impossible to manipulate or falsify it using current knowledge. The PalmSecure technology is designed in such a way that it can only detect the vein pattern of living people. The scanning process is extremely fast and does not involve any contact meaning that PalmSecure meets the stringent hygienic requirements that are normally necessary for use in public environments. Operation Principle
Visitor Verification : at various points in an organization 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 R&D Facilities, Defense establishments, etc Logical Access Control : Access to sensitive data, ATM Transaction (recently newspapers reported that Shah Rukh Khan’s credit card was misused), Access to Private Data of Patients in Hospitals, PC / Web Login, etc. Monitoring and Managing various ID on large scale : like on various e-Gov projects involving many identities, under various programs. is
Distribution and other social benefits; thus ensuring protection against forgery of various Govt. Documents, etc.
Banking : Palm Vein data can be stored in smartcard and let verification takes place locally at ATM. Medical Environment : PalmSecure™ helps maintaining the Hygiene factor in these areas; allow access of patients’ personal data only to the authorized person; helps in verifying during Medical Insurance. Airport / Airline Check-in : Helps ensuring passenger identity during boarding from check-in data; allow access in the plane and sensitive areas only to the authorized staff, thus protecting against false authorization granted even in case of twins.
"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." KEY APPLICATIONS AREAS Due to the above special characteristics, PalmSecure™ make an ideal choice for certain key applications like :
Sector-wise, PalmSecure™ 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
Biometric System Voice (Contactless) Fingerprint (Contact)
Ease of Use / Authentication / Cost High / Low / Low High / High / Low
Affected by Noise, Health Conditions, etc. Affected by Dirt, Wet or Coated fingers especially workers in Tea Garden, Tobacco Plantations, Automotive Plants, Field workers, etc.; Concerns over public hygienic Sensitive to Lighting / Posture; Affected by Eyeglasses, Facial hair, Cosmetics; Chances of Unauthorized access to Twins Located behind a curved, wet, reflecting surface; Obscured by eyelashes, contact lenses, reflections; Deforms non-elastically as pupil changes size; Psychological resistance of offering the eye to the sensor Sensitive to Direct Sunlight / other direct fluorescent lightings
Face (Contactless) IRIS (Contactless) Internal Organ of the Eye PalmSecure™ (Contactless)
Medium / Low / Low High / Very High / High
Very High / Very High / Low
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. INSTALLED BASE PalmSecure™ has been adopted by various organizations around the Globe and is being used by millions of people already.
1. Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi,
4. Todholm Primary School, Scotland : Cashless Payments for students 5. City of Angles Medical Center, LA, USA : System Login 6. Naka City Library, Japan : Membership management 7. Corolinas Healtcare System, N & S Carolina, USA : Patients registration 8. Banco Bradesco, Brazil : ATM Solution
Japan : Smartcard based ATM 2. Kingsway Corporation Limited (KCL), Hong Kong : Access Control to data centers 3. University of Tokyo Hospital, Japan : Physical Door Access Control
Institute of Radiological Sciences, Japan : Logical access to patients data
10. Chiba Institute of Technology, Japan : Student ID card. And many more … CONCLUSION 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 programs and services and addresses the concerns of public hygiene and convenience at a mass scale and providing lower cost of operations and maintenance cost. "During the trial some users had problems registering their fingerprints. Some others were concerned over public hygiene when everyone has to put their fingers on the sensor, bearing in mind the lessons learnt from the SARS outbreak a couple of years ago," said Mr Eric Wong, Financial Director of Kingsway Corporation Limited (KCL), Hong Kong. KCL is a leading system integrator and data centre service provider and has implemeted PalmSecure™ to secure its data centers. "Some users also hesitated in using the fingerprint system because it obviously reminded them of the identification system adopted by
the Hong Kong SAR Government. Some also wondered whether their fingerprints would be protected as personal data under the privacy ordinance."
March 31, 2007. Fujitsu invests a large amount on its R&D activities and is continuously working towards more Green IT Revolution. It has been recently rated as the Top GreenIT Company by IDG's Computerworld. ABOUT FUJITSU LIMITED INDIA
ABOUT FUJITSU LIMITED Fujitsu ( www.fujitsu.com ) is a leading provider of customerfocused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that create infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.1 trillion yen (US$43.2 billion) for the fiscal year ended
Fujitsu India Limited (http://in.fujitsu.com/) is the 100% subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, Japan and promotes various products and services of Fujitsu in India. Fujitsu India Limited is located at 15th Floor, Building 9A, DLF Cyber City, Phase – III, Gurgaon – 122 002, Haryana, India. Tel : +91 (124) 470 5100. Fax : +91 (124) 470 5198. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org m. More information on PalmSecure™ is available at http://www.fujitsu.com/in/servic es/palmsecure/
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