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[ISN] Bank whips out palm-recognition kit - and a severed hand won't work



http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/06/palm_vein_reader_banking_trial/

By John Leyden
The Register
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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