August 8, 2012
Tokyo, August 8, 2012 — Fujitsu and Fujitsu Frontech Limited today announced the development of PalmSecure-SL, the world's smallest and slimmest(1) contactless palm vein authentication sensor. A standard portable version and integrated mouse version of the sensor will be available beginning today.
The new authentication device maintains the same high level of authentication as Fujitsu's existing PC login sensor technology(2) while also featuring a compact package that is approximately one-fourth the volume. At the same time, the new device incorporates camera stabilization and guideless authentication functionality, as well as a power-saving mode. Apart from enabling the effective utilization of desk space, these features allow the technology to be effortlessly operated even in mobile applications.
In recent years, the need for enhanced security in the corporate environment has become increasingly important. In addition, ease of use and space efficiency are becoming high-priority requirements for customers.
Fujitsu's new PalmSecure-SL sensor, which provides one-to-one matching authentication, has achieved the world's smallest and slimmest design for a palm vein authentication sensor. Thanks to the device's enhanced convenience, it can easily be employed even in environments such as mobile applications.
Fujitsu and Fujitsu Frontech began global sales of contact-free palm vein authentication devices starting in 2005, and so far these systems have been utilized in a variety of applications, including ATMs and security access control. With the addition of the PalmSecure-SL sensor to its lineup of PC Login sensors, Fujitsu aims to support customers in implementing enhanced PC security measures.
Figure 1: Fujitsu's lineup of contactless palm vein authentication sensors
Measuring 48.0 mm wide, 48.0 mm long, and 16.4 mm wide, Fujitsu's new technology achieves the world's smallest and slimmest design for a palm vein sensor, approximately one-fourth the volume of existing products. This, in turn, enables the effective utilization of desk-space, in addition to allowing the technology to easily be employed even in mobile applications.
Figure 2: PalmSecure-SL sensor
The new device features technology that instantly identifies the best image from successive high-speed images taken of the user's palm veins, and then automatically verifies it. This allows users to perform authentication simply by placing their palm lightly over the sensor, instead of by using fixed guide rails for holding the user's hand motionless over the sensor as before, thereby enabling convenient operations.
Figure 3: Performs authentication when the user's palm is passed over the sensor
The PalmSecure-SL is equipped with a power-saving mode that automatically engages when the sensor has not been in use for more than 10 seconds. As a result, the technology is able to reduce the amount of power it consumes from a maximum of 2.5W during normal use, down to only about 0.2W when power-saving mode is engaged.
|Product Name||Suggested Retail Price
|From 17,500 yen||August 8, 2012|
(Integrated mouse sensor/set/other)
|From 19,500 yen||August 8, 2012|
* Reflects pricing and availability for Japan only.
* PalmSecure-SL sensors do not include authentication software. The sensor can be operated only when used in conjunction with Fujitsu's proprietary login system.
Within three years, the Fujitsu Group as a whole aims to achieve sales of 10 billion yen (including hardware, software, and systems integration).
Palm veins are inside the body, thereby making them difficult to forge. Furthermore, compared to veins in the fingers or the back of the hand, palm veins are more complex and stable, with a false acceptance rate of less than 0.00008% and a false rejection rate of only 0.01%(3), thereby offering greater security.
Fingerprint authentication can be hindered by surface abrasions on the skin or dry skin, and iris scanning can be difficult depending on the size of the user's eye, thereby preventing successful registration and verification of the user's data. In contrast, Fujitsu's contactless palm vein authentication device features minimal susceptibility from such external factors and therefore enables a high rate of applicability across various types of users.
Fujitsu collected data samples of 140,000 palm vein patterns from each hand of 70,000 people and verified the reliability of its technology for recognition accuracy and rate of applicability. There were no cases in this data sample for which the technology was not applicable, demonstrating its high rate of applicability.
The technology is hygienic and enables scanning that can be completed in a natural manner. This, in turn, helps to minimize possible psychological resistance to its use.
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.
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