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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

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd.

Singapore, June 30, 2005

Leading regional IT and communications solutions provider Fujitsu Asia Pte. Ltd. today announced its new contactless palm vein authentication device to the ASEAN 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 individual*. 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.

“Fujitsu is extremely proud to announce the palm vein device as it bears testimony to the company’s continuous drive to improve, upgrade and reinvent to produce the latest and state-of-the-art technologies that differentiate itself from others,” said Mr Motohiko Uno, Regional Marketing Director, Fujitsu Asia. “Fujitsu is well poised to be a dominant player in the dynamic biometrics market with the introduction of this uniquely designed and amazingly sophisticated, yet easy to use, palm vein device.“

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.

Measuring 7cm x 7cm x 2.7cm and weighing under 90g, Fujitsu’s palm vein authentication device can be easily integrated with security-related solutions from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and systems integrators. The device comes bundled with library software and a USB 2.0 interface.

Fujitsu’s palm vein authentication device is immediately available. Visit or contact Fujitsu Asia at 6512 7619 for more details.

About Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd

Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore in 1997 to provide leadership in business development, technology innovation and customer support as regional headquarters for the Fujitsu group of companies in Asia outside of Japan. Building on Fujitsu's three decades of experience in Singapore and the broader Asian region and with a pool of highly skilled engineering talent, Fujitsu Asia is dedicated to providing comprehensive integrated IT, telecommunications and networking solutions that deliver tangible business value and enable customers to meet the challenges of the new global economy. Fujitsu Asia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujitsu Limited (TSW: 6702), a leader in customer-centric IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace.
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* 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.

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Date: 30 June, 2005
City: Singapore
Company: Fujitsu Asia Pte Ltd