Fujitsu Palm Vein Recognition Technology Helps Homeless Youth in India to Receive Essential Support
The Fujitsu palm vein readers were chosen by itwillbe.org as a reliable, quick and safe way to register and recognize the estimated 11 million homeless children living in India, to be able to provide them with essential medical, emotional and educational support in one of its 81 dedicated rehabilitation centers throughout the country.
Many of India’s homeless youth must endure extreme living conditions without any social protection. A lack of documentation to prove their identity makes them particularly vulnerable to child trafficking organizations, abuse and exploitation. Itwillbe.org, together with the Salesian mission of Don Bosco in India, is seeking to protect those children and give them a future. The first step is to register these children to collect important data such as for medical records, then securely share this information with local government agencies and help centers, where children gain access to essential vaccinations, nutrition programs, psychological support and more.
Fujitsu PalmSecure recognition technology is a key component of itwillbe.org’s dedicated Child Protection People mobile app (PPa), used by social workers in a voluntary process to enroll and later identify and help vulnerable children. The non-intrusive recognition technology uses infrared scans of blood veins in a user’s palm to accurately enroll an individual in just milliseconds. All collected data is securely captured and stored as encrypted hashcodes of the scanned palm vein pattern.
Itwillbe.org is already in negotiations with other humanitarian aid organizations globally to make the app available to similar initiatives around the world. Biometric identification can facilitate efficient data collection and management in any aid project involving displaced people who do not carry documents, such as refugees, migrants, or victims of human trafficking.
Notes to editors
1Fujitsu PalmSecure technology uses the very complex vein pattern in the palm of a hand to identify a person with great precision. More than five million reference points of the vein pattern are captured by the highly accurate PalmSecure sensor. The capturing and matching process is contactless – the sensor’s surface is never touched, for hygienic reasons. An individual’s palm vein pattern remains the same for their entire lifetime and is different on the left and right hand – even twins have different palm vein patterns. Vein recognition technology is secure, because the authentication data is inside the body in the person’s circulatory system, making it very difficult to forge.
2 itwillbe.org is an NGO for International Development Cooperation, working with an approach based on education and innovation as highly effective working methods to optimize resources and results focus. Itwillbe.org’s projects defend and promote universal human rights, with special emphasis on childhood and development, equality and independence of women.
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Date: 30 January, 2018