Sep, 12 2016 11:22 JST

Source: Fujitsu Ltd

Fujitsu Expands Lineup of Palm Vein Authentication Products for Embedding into Equipment

Expands range of applications to multifunction copiers, residences, and vehicles

TOKYO, Sep, 12 2016 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Frontech Limited today announced the addition of two new products - the FUJITSU Biometric Authentication PalmSecure-F Pro, which is a sensor that can be embedded into equipment, and the FUJITSU Biometric Authentication Palm Vein Authentication Board - to their line of palm vein authentication devices. Sales of the new products will commence in late October.

In addition to dramataically easing the conditions for installation and usage environment by improving operability and environmental tolerance, and becoming slimmer, PalmSecure-F Pro features greater identification accuracy, and provides greater functionality for identifying individuals from among a huge database of registered palm vein data.

In addition, offering the Palm Vein Authentication Board with embedded software enables application to devices with embedded-type operating systems, which previously had been difficult.

As a result, whereas applications had previously centered on PC login and room access devices, scenarios for use can now be expanded to such equipment as multifunction copiers, vaults, and lockers, allowing companies to standardize their internal authentication method with palm vein authentication. Fujitsu and Fujitsu Frontech will also seek to grow their presence into new markets, such as using palm vein authentication for "walletless" payments in lieu of cash or credit cards, or as an alternative to keys for residences or vehicles.

Background

In recent years, to prevent damage caused by information leaks and identity fraud, biometric authentication technologies are becoming more prevalent. Among these technologies, palm vein authentication, which reads the pattern of veins in the palm, offers the benefits of being highly accurate and difficult to forge, with superior authentication performance. These features are why it is used by over 70 million people around the world in such applications as verifying customer identity at a bank ATM, for PC access management in companies, and for room access management.

Excellent authentication accuracy and convenience have led to rising demand to embed palm vein authentication in a variety of equipment, with needs to expand the number of operating systems that can run it, and to enhance environment tolerance, such as to temperature extremes and sunlight.

About the Two New Products

While maintaining support for the vein templates of PalmSecure Sensor V2(1), available since 2010, PalmSecure-F Pro is more compact, has improved operability, and greater tolerance to sunlight. These enhancements make it possible to overcome size and sunlight exposure limitations which previously had made embedding into equipment difficult.

The Palm Vein Authentication Board is a compact, smartcard-sized control board with firmware that processes such functions as image capture, registration, and authentication. Previously, use of palm vein authentication was restricted to such operating systems as Windows and Linux, but this product makes it possible to build vein authentication systems that are independent of the operating system.

These two products will be exhibited at the Fujitsu Frontech booth at the 18th Auto-ID & Communication Expo, which will be held from Wednesday, September 14, to Friday, September 16, at Tokyo Big Sight.

Features of PalmSecure-F Pro

1. At 13mm, less than half the height of the previous device (approx. 1/3rd the volume)

Fujitsu and Fujitsu Frontech have achieved a height of 13mm, less than half that of the PalmSecure Sensor V2, while maintaining the same authentication accuracy. This has made it possible to incorporate it into more compact devices.

2. High-speed image-capture enables greater convenience

This version features the capability to rapidly capture multiple images of a palm, select the best image almost instantly, and automatically verify it. By incorporating a high-performance image sensor, the shutter speed has been improved to about five times that of the previous model, shortening the image-capture period, and limiting image blur. This has enabled the sensor to authenticate a palm with a more natural gesture while maintaining the same high accuracy as the previous model.

3. Environmental tolerance that can stand up to a variety of installation environments

The range of environmental conditions in which the new model can be used has been significantly expanded with regard to temperature and sunlight compared with the previous model. This has made it possible to use the new model in a variety of situations, including outdoors.

4. Capable of "1 x N" authentication, enabling individual recognition from data of up to 10 thousand palms (five thousand people when registering both hands)

This sensor employs sophisticated technology for the extraction of only the data required for palm authentication image capture. In this way it realizes highly precise authentication, specifically, a false rejection rate of 0.01% (one retry), and a false acceptance rate of less than 0.00001%. It is possible to recognize an individual from data of up to 10 thousand hands (five thousand people with both-hand registration). As one type of technology used to realize this high degree of precision, the PalmSecure-F Pro adopts a Fujitsu Laboratories-developed palm orientation compensation technology(3).

Features of the Palm Vein Authentication Board

1. Compact base size

The new board features a compact design (85mm x 54mm x 20mm), about the size of a smartcard, suitable for embedding even into miniature devices.

2. Image capture, registration of new palms, and authentication all done on the board

Image capture, registration of new palms, and authentication are all done by software on the Palm Vein Authentication Board, eliminating the need for a Windows or Linux operating environment. This enables use in devices with embedded OS, such as multifunction copiers.

3. Can be connected with PalmSecure LOGONDIRECTOR, PC login software

In addition to the stand-alone version which stores palm vein data on the board, the Palm Vein Authentication Board is also available in a server version that can connect with PalmSecure LOGONDIRECTOR (PLD), PC login software (available only in Japan). Using this version, registration data stored in the PLD server can also be used from devices requiring authentication, enabling integration of palm vein authentication across a variety of devices.Product Name

Sales Target

10 billion yen over the next five years across the Fujitsu Group (including hardware, software, and systems integration).

(1) Vein template support

Registration data recorded with a PalmSecure Sensor V2 can also be used with the PalmSecure-F Pro.

(2) Max. 80,000 lux

When used in high-power mode (connected to a USB 3.0 port), resistance to sunlight and ability to correct for hand movements are further improved.

(3) Palm orientation compensation technology

Technology that estimates the complex 3D orientation of a palm from the brightness of the image to compensate for its orientation.

(4) The PalmSecure-F Pro

does not include authentication software.

(5) Palm Vein Authentication Board

Sales are planned only for Japan. Will support the PalmSecure Sensor V2 at launch, with plans to also support the PalmSecure-F Pro.

About Fujitsu Frontech Limited

As part of the Fujitsu Group, Fujitsu Frontech Limited ties people and ICT together through the development, manufacture and sales of front-end technologies such as ATMs, banking terminals, palm vein authentication system, RFID, totalizator terminals, and public display devices. Fujitsu Frontech also offers related software, system integration and services as part of its total solutions. Fujitsu Frontech Limited (FTEC: 6945) reported consolidated revenues of 120 billion yen (US$1.1billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com/jp/group/frontech/en/


About Fujitsu Ltd
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 155,000 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$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

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Figure 1: Sensor sizes
 
Figure 2: Smartcard-sized design
 
Figure 3: Connection with a multifunction copier or room access device
 
Figure 4: Illustration of system configurations
 
 
 

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