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[ISN] Bank whips out palm-recognition kit - and a severed hand won't work
By John Leyden
6th March 2013
Italian banking group UniCredit has developed a commercial biometric payment
system based on Fujitsu PalmSecure palm vein reader technology.
UniCredit selected palm vein reader technology instead of more widely touted
biometric technologies, such as fingerprint readers and retina scanners, to
underpin a prototype mobile payment mechanism, dubbed Papillon. Fujitsu
provided a sensor which captures the payerâs unique vein pattern data as well
as software development technology that allowed UniCredit to independently
develop its bespoke Papillon application.
Japan's Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank began offering its customers the option of using
ATM services without the need for a cash card or passbook using the same type
of palm-scanning biometric technology from Fujitsu last year.
Fujitsu reckons the tech has applications across a range of industries
including aviation (as a potential replacement for boarding cards),
entertainment (access control for gyms) and potentially anti-theft features in
cars as well as banking. The IT giant used the opening of the CeBit trade fair
in Hanover, Germany on Tuesday to announce the general availability of
authentication products based on its PalmSecure technology.
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