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Fujitsu and MCS Software Strategic Partnership Delivers a Biometric Palm Vein Solution to Eliminate PINs and Reduce ID Theft for the Education Marketplace

Integration of Award-Winning Biometric Palm Vein Technology into Food Service Program Underscores the Adaptability of PalmSecure technology.

Fujitsu Frontech Limited,Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc.

July 07, 2011
Foothill Ranch, CA - Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc., a leading provider of IT-based business solutions, including advanced technology products, biometric security, and digital media solutions, and MCS Software, a leading provider of completely functional and user-friendly software for the school food service environment, today announced that Pinellas County School District (Florida) is deploying the Fujitsu PalmSecure™ palm vein authentication solution. The PalmSecure technology has been integrated into the existing MCS Software’s Point-of-Sale system to provide a more reliable, hygienic, accurate, and secure authentication solution that is also easier to use and maintain.

The fully integrated solution combines PalmSecure biometric technology and the MCS POS system to provide enhanced security without student PINs or fingerprint scanners and replaces them with a user-friendly PalmSecure palm vein authentication solution. MCS integrated the PalmSecure technology into their POS system with the development-friendly Fujitsu PalmSecure Software Development Kit (SDK), reducing the full integration and deployment cycle to less than a month. The ability to rapidly scope, develop and deploy was an important factor in choosing the Fujitsu PalmSecure biometric technology.

“We knew starting out what was expected of us from the Pinellas County School District and the PalmSecure biometric technology gave us the ideal method to not only meet their needs but also on the technical side of integrating with our Point-of-Sale system” said Jay Meral, chief financial officer, MCS. “Often with projects, expectations can be hard to manage but with PalmSecure technology, we’ve met the expectations and are looking forward to working with the Pinellas County School District on a District-wide roll-out.”

All food service program transactions will be done using PalmSecure biometric technology and the MCS Software POS system. The use of palm vein biometric scanning for food service program transactions has many advantages. For example, a simple palm vein scan rapidly identifies the student, assuring the students identity thereby reducing waste and impersonation, while providing a level of reliability not found in legacy fingerprint systems which often malfunctioned or simply froze, causing repeated disruptions in the student cafeteria service.

“We examined several biometric systems during our review process and it was evident during our pilot phase that the Fujitsu PalmSecure solution, paired with MCS’s POS application, best met our qualifying criteria,” said Art Dunham, director Food Service Department, Pinellas County Schools. “The primary drivers for us are the students, security and adhering to our budgets. PalmSecure technology and MCS Software addressed our priorities and we are very excited to implement this solution across the district.”

The Fujitsu PalmSecure sensor uses a near-infrared light to capture a student’s palm vein pattern, generating a unique biometric template that is matched against the palm vein patterns of pre-registered users. Unlike other readers, a PalmSecure device does not come into contact with the skin, making it extremely hygienic, non-intrusive and unrestricted by external factors such as skin types and conditions.

“Fujitsu is pleased to have our PalmSecure biometric technology, along with MCS Software, selected by the Pinellas County School District,” said Christer Bergman, vice president Biometric Solution Group, Fujitsu Frontech North America. “Working with MCS Software to deliver the best possible combination of technology, software and services, we are confident that we’ll keep the Pinellas Country School District’s cafeterias humming along, securely and efficiently.”

Interested parties can view a demo of the solution at the School Nutrition Association 65th Annual National Conference, in Nashville running from July 10th - 13th - MCS Software booth #979.

About Fujitsu Frontech North America, Inc.

Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. offers a wide variety of products including retail point of sales terminals, self checkout systems, kiosks, media solutions, palm vein biometric authentication solutions, Ethernet switches, RFID tags and currency handling products – with sales, service and engineering support throughout the United States. Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. is headquartered with operations and product development at 25902 Towne Centre Drive, Foothill Ranch, CA. 92610. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or visit us at:
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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, operation branch, 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 color electronic paper and RFID systems.
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About MCS Software

MCS Software is a cutting-edge design firm dedicated to providing completely functional and user-friendly software for the School Food and Nutrition Service environment. As the innovators of the Scanning Process for the Free and Reduced Lunch applications, their immersion to lead the industry continues in the design and development of software for all aspects of the school food services environment. Their staff is highly experienced in their selective concentrations and is willing to address and solve any and all concerns brought forth from their clientele. MCS Software is headquartered with operations at 1133 Brook Court, Mandeville, LA 70448. For more information about MCS products and services, call us at 888-287-6416 or visit us at:
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Date: July 07, 2011
Company: Fujitsu Frontech North America