Hitachi has implemented a vein-based access control system at the New York branch of Japan’s Shinkin Central Bank.
The finger vein authentication technology is implemented in the bank’s trading room, its operation room and the server room.
To enter a secured a room, an ID number is entered into a keypad, and the finger is placed on a reader for validation of the vascular pattern. Employing this type of biometric system eliminates the need for keys or cards.
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Until now the Hitachi finger vein authentication system has been aimed at the Japanese market for applications such as ATMs.
But Hitachi said the solution was now becoming popular for PC access and building entry in a number of south-east Asian countries, including Singapore.
To help popularise the technology, Hitachi has established Finger Vein Authentication Business Centres in the US, Europe, Singapore and China.
Hitachi's finger vein technology is able to read the unique pattern of veins inside the finger. Because the vein is internal to the body, disguising the vein pattern is virtually impossible, making counterfeiting improbable, said Hitachi.
Critical to the technology is the use of light, which penetrates the finger, illuminating the unique vascular pattern.
The system allows for the identification of the pattern without it touching the sensor directly.
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