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Siemens and Fujitsu Collaborate in Biometric Authentication Business

New biometric identity authentication solution recognizes hand vein patterns

Siemens IT Solutions and Services,Fujitsu Limited

Munich, Germany and Tokyo, August 02, 2007

Siemens IT Solutions and Services and Fujitsu Limited announced a business collaboration designed to expand the market for the PalmSecure palm vein authentication system developed by Fujitsu in combination with Siemens' biometric software "ID Center".

Siemens IT Solutions and Services and Fujitsu have combined their technologies to develop a new biometric IT solution for personal recognition using palm vein scanning. The combination of the Siemens biometric software "ID Center" and the Fujitsu "PalmSecure" device recognizes the vein pattern under the skin on the palm of the hand that is unique to each individual. The palm is scanned without direct contact by an infrared scanner. This hygienic procedure is of particular interest for use in hospitals or for frequently used devices such as ATMs.

At a distance of only a few centimeters, i.e. without direct surface contact, near infrared rays scan the palm to identify the person in a matter of seconds. During this process the captured hand vein pattern is verified against a preregistered pattern for the person being scanned. It is practically impossible to forge the identity since the veins are under the skin; unlike the fingerprint scan in which identification can be distorted if the fingers are soiled or have cuts, the hand vein scan offers the additional benefit that authentication is still possible even if the hands are soiled.

Fujitsu provides "PalmSecure" to authenticate individuals in banks, hospitals, universities and municipal authorities. The Siemens biometric software "ID Center" provides extremely secure administration of the data collected with this type of application and has already been installed worldwide by numerous customers in public sector, healthcare, and industry segments.

This biometrics partnership with Siemens allows Fujitsu to open up, in particular, the European market. For Siemens, this cooperation adds further new component to its offering of biometric authentication which previously included face, iris and fingerprint recognition.

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 products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that create infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 5.1 trillion yen (US$43.2 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. For more information, please see:

About Siemens IT Solutions and Services

Siemens IT Solutions and Services is an internationally leading provider of IT solutions and services. It covers the entire IT service chain from a single source, from consulting to system integration, right through to the management of IT infrastructures. In addition, Siemens IT Solutions and Services extends the range of offerings of the other Siemens Groups to include software developments and IT solutions. With its comprehensive know-how and industry-specific knowledge, Siemens IT Solutions and Services provides measurable added value for its customers. Founded in January 2007, the new Siemens Group employs around 43,000 people and posts annual sales of about 5 billion euros according to U.S. GAAP, of which some 60 percent are generated outside of the Siemens group.

About the Biometrics Center

The Biometrics Center is part of Siemens IT Solutions and Services. Siemens has played a key role in developing fingerprint technology since 1991.The Biometrics Center was founded in 2005 and brings together Siemens' long-standing and global biometrics expertise.

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Date: 02 August, 2007
City: Munich, Germany and Tokyo
Company: Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Fujitsu Limited, , , ,