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Fujitsu to Launch Portable Palm Vein Authentication Sensor, Ideal for Mobile Devices

Expands the PalmSecure-SL Sensor line of contactless palm vein authentication devices

Fujitsu Limited,Fujitsu Frontech Limited

Tokyo, June 16, 2015

Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Frontech Limited today announced the introduction of a portable sensor capable of directly connecting to USB ports. The new sensor, to be added to the FUJITSU Biometric Authentication PalmSecure-SL Sensor line of contactless palm vein authentication devices for enterprises, will be available for sale only in Japan, from late September.

The new sensor's ability to directly connect to USB ports eliminates the need for bothersome USB cables with mobile applications, and also makes it more convenient to use with tablets when out of the office or in the field.

Background

Work styles are becoming increasingly diverse as a result of the spread of smart devices in recent years. At the same time, however, the use of smart devices for work has brought its own set of issues. For example, it is easy for bystanders to peep at tablet screens, resulting in the risk of passwords getting stolen while logging in. As a result, there have been increasing needs for smart device security measures that enable easy operation even when users are standing or are at locations without desks.

To meet these needs, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Frontech will offer a portable sensor that plugs directly into USB ports, adding it to the existing line of PalmSecure-SL Sensor compact PC login sensors. This brings both convenience and security to the new work styles that smart devices make possible.

Figure 1: Fujitsu's lineup of contactless palm vein authentication sensorsFigure 1: Fujitsu's lineup of contactless palm vein authentication sensors
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Figure 2: Models in the PalmSecure-SL Sensor line. From left to right: Mouse with built-in sensor, standard sensor, portable sensor.Figure 2: Models in the PalmSecure-SL Sensor line.
From left to right: Mouse with built-in sensor, standard sensor, portable sensor.

Features of PalmSecure-SL, a Portable Sensor

The new product uses the same sensor as the existing line of PalmSecure-SL Sensors announced in August 2012 that are designed specifically for logging in to PCs, but it connects directly to the terminal without a cable, thereby increasing convenience when used with tablets or other smart devices.

1. Capable of connecting directly to USB ports, an ideal mobile device vein authentication sensor

Measuring just 62 (W) × 33 (D) × 15.5 (H) mm, the new product can easily be carried in a hand, and as it connects directly to USB ports, it is an ideal vein authentication sensor for practical use in mobile settings. It can easily be deployed for devices already in use, letting users log in conveniently and securely with a wave of the hand.

Figure 3: The sensor being used with a tabletFigure 3: The sensor being used with a tablet

2. Addition to the PalmSecure-SL Sensor line

Easy authentication
The new sensor has built-in functions that rapidly and continuously capture images of the user's palm, instantly selecting the best image for authentication purposes. It then automatically cross checks that data against the registered data. This eliminates the need for a brace to hold the hand steady, and users can instead simply wave their hand over the sensor to accurately authenticate themselves.

Can be used in tandem with existing line of PalmSecure-SL sensors
For users already using the mouse-type sensor or standard sensor of the PalmSecure-SL Sensor line, the new product can be added for use in mobile settings. Users can authenticate with the standard sensor when at their office, and connect the portable sensor to their smart device when on the go.

Sales Target

JPY 12 billion over the next three years for the whole Fujitsu Group (including hardware, software, and systems integration).

Features of Contactless Palm Vein Authentication

1. Internal biometric data is difficult to forge

Compared to fingerprints, which are information sources located on the body's surface, palm vein data is contained inside the body, making it more difficult to forge.

The palm also contains more blood vessels, with greater complexity, than a finger or the back of a hand, and because the veins are larger than the capillary vessels of the finger, stable authentication is possible. Authentication trials within the Fujitsu Group demonstrated high authentication accuracy(1), with a false acceptance rate of less than 0.00008% and a false rejection rate of only 0.01%, thereby delivering highly reliable security.

2. Almost all people are able to register

Fingerprint authentication can be hindered by surface abrasions on the skin or dry skin, and facial identification can be hindered by masks and other external factors, thereby preventing successful registration or cross checking of the registered image. In contrast, Fujitsu's contactless palm vein authentication device uses internal biometric data from veins inside the palm, meaning such external factors have almost no impact.

3. Contactless authentication device

The sensor is hygienic because the user does not touch a palm brace, but makes a natural motion for scanning. This, in turn, helps to minimize possible psychological resistance to its use.

4. High reliability backed by global track record

Since Fujitsu and Fujitsu Frontech released the contactless palm vein authentication device in 2004, a total of 470,000 devices have been shipped to about 60 countries around the world, and they have been used by over 63 million people(2). Even now, deployments continue to expand.

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  • [1] Authentication accuracy

    The authentication rate of the high-performance PalmSecure Sensor V2.

  • [2] 470,000 devices have been shipped to about 60 countries around the world, and they have been used by over 63 million people

    Cumulative number of devices shipped and users registered up until the end of March 2015.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 159,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.8 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu Frontech Limited

As part of the Fujitsu Group, Fujitsu Frontech Limited ties people and IT together through the development, manufacture and sale of front-end technology such as ATMs, banking terminals, POS and totalizator terminals, and public display devices. Fujitsu Frontech also delivers related software, system integration and outsourcing as part of its total solutions offerings. The company supports the security sector by offering products incorporating Fujitsu's latest palm vein authentication technology, and is actively involved in the development of key technologies in various fields, with a current focus on RFID systems.For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com/jp/frontech/en/

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Date: 16 June, 2015
City: Tokyo
Company: Fujitsu Limited / Fujitsu Frontech Limited