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Fujitsu Announces Global Launch of its Contactless Palm Vein Authentication Technology

New Fujitsu Solution Offers Industry-Leading Biometric Authentication Technology for High-Security Applications in Global Markets


San Jose, CA, June 30, 2005 — Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of hard disk drives and computer peripherals and a market leader in document imaging scanners and services, today announced its new contactless palm vein authentication device to the North American market as part of Fujitsu’s global launch. There is increasing demand worldwide from governments to private sectors (including enterprises and individuals) for leading-edge biometric security technology. Fujitsu will strive to meet these needs and aim to promote its advanced security palm vein authentication technology with the goal of creating a de-facto standard in high-security markets.

Fujitsu’s palm vein authentication technology works by utilizing the unique characteristic of deoxidized hemoglobin. The palm vein device captures the palm image while radiating it with near-infrared rays. The deoxidized hemoglobin in the palm vein absorbs these rays, thereby reducing the reflection rate and causing the veins to appear as a black pattern. This vein pattern is then verified against the pre-registered pattern to authenticate the individual1. As veins are internal in the body and have a wealth of differentiating features, assuming false identity through forgery is extremely difficult, thereby enabling an extremely high level of security.

In addition to providing outstanding security, ease of use of Fujitsu’s palm vein device is key. The user simply places the palm of the hand above the reader and the machine does all the work, creating a contactless, hygienic solution necessary for public areas.

Fujitsu’s palm vein device is distinctive because its sensor is only able to recognize the pattern if hemoglobin is actively flowing through the person’s veins. Additionally, research to date by Fujitsu indicates that each individual’s palm vein pattern is unique, even in the case of identical twins. These factors give Fujitsu’s palm vein device an edge over competing biometric identification products

"This is an important announcement for Fujitsu because it establishes Fujitsu as a leader in the development of next generation biometric authentication," said Joel Hagberg, vice president, marketing and business development, Fujitsu Computer Products of America. "The biometric industry will experience dramatic growth in the coming years as organizations implement improvements in IT and infrastructure security. We are very excited to compete in this marketplace to meet growing customer needs."

Fujitsu’s palm vein authentication technology is based on more than two decades of image recognition experience. The company decided to aggressively pursue this because the biometric security industry is expected to have dramatic adoption growth in the near future.

Applications for Fujitsu’s palm vein technology are vast and span several vertical markets, including security, financial/banking, access control, healthcare and government applications. Several Fujitsu customers in Japan have already adopted the palm vein device for the following appplications: identification purposes in financial institutions; access control for high-security areas; and customer and employee identification.

Fujitsu plans to demonstrate this biometric system at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis, MN from July 8-10, 2005. Fujitsu’s palm vein technology will also be on display within the Fujitsu North American TRIOLE2 Integration Center, located in the security lab in Sunnyvale, CA, for demonstration to customers and prospects.


About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$44.5 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.
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About Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. conducts engineering and marketing activities in San Jose, CA and sales operations throughout the United States. Fujitsu Computer Products of America currently offers products and services including scanners and scanner maintenance, hard disk drives, and Magneto-Optical drives. Fujitsu Computer Products of America is located at 2904 Orchard Parkway, San Jose, CA, 95134. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-432-6333.
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Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.
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1 Fujitsu's internal research resulted in a false acceptance rate of less than 0.00008% and a false rejection rate of only 0.01%. False acceptance rate is a rate at which someone other than the actual person is falsely recognized. False rejection rate is a rate at which the actual person is not recognized accurately.
2 TRIOLE: Fujitsu's IT strategy that allows companies to introduce the latest technological innovations while reducing system complexity and TCO, and resolve many common IT infrastructure issues. TRIOLE optimizes IT infrastructure by offering products based on three core technologies: Virtualization, Automation and Integration and a system development methodology.

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