The inclusion of fingerprint scanners in mobile handsets is gaining steam and rumors of iris being used has also been mentioned. Now Fujitsu is entering the game with its palm vein biometrics and plans to embed the modality into mobile devices, reports PCWorld.
The vascular biometric technology scans the unique vein pattern beneath a person’s palm for identification. The company has embedded the technology into a laptop but the next step is the handset.
The company demonstrated a stamp-sized version of the scanner that has been placed into tablets. About 2,000 of the devices will be provided to Fukuoka Financial Group, which includes the Bank of Fukuoka, Kumamoto Bank and Shinwa Bank.
The customized 12.5-inch Fujitsu Arrows Q704/H tablets have Intel Core i5 processors and run Windows, acting as virtual desktops. Bank employees meeting customers off-site will be able to securely access their bank’s internal system by using the palm-vein authentication scanners.
The palm vein scanners have been popular in health care and other application where a “no touch” biometric is favored. Users can typically hold their hand over the scanner to be identified after enrollment.