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Fujitsu PalmSecure Selected as a “World Changing Idea” for 2011 by Scientific American Magazine

January 01, 2011

World Changing Idea Scientific American Magazine’s December 2011 issue featured its annual list of the year’s “World Changing Ideas”. Fujitsu’s PalmSecure palm-vein authentication system was named as one of ten on the list, adding to an already impressive list of accolades since PalmSecure first entered the global market in 2006.

The focal point of naming PalmSecure a “World Changing Idea” was the recent deployment of PalmSecure as a biometric transaction solution at Pinellas County School District, the 22nd largest school district in the United States. Starting in the Fall of the 2011-2012 school year, all Pinellas County Schools will rely on the Fujitsu PalmSecure biometric solution to quickly, efficiently and accurately handle cafeteria transaction for the tens of thousands of students, across all of their 46 middle and high-schools, who take part in their daily snack and lunch service program. Fujitsu piloted the palm vein recognition based solution from January to June of 2011 at Boca Ciego High School. The result was tremendous: a 98%+ first-scan transaction success rate with wait times in their busy lunch lines dropping from 15 minutes to a paltry 7 minutes.

The Fujitsu PalmSecure biometric sensor uses a near-infrared light scan to capture a user’s palm vein pattern, generating a unique biometric template that is matched against the palm vein patterns of pre-registered users. Unlike other biometric 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.

PalmSecure has been deployed in an array of application areas, including transactional systems, for time and attendance in workplaces, patient identification in the world of healthcare, for access control to buildings and other security-specific settings. It also can be used for two-factor identification, where it is combined with traditional security methods (magnetic badge, key fob, PIN coding) to increase the level of security as often required by some industries.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of the year’s “World Changing Ideas” by Scientific American magazine,” said Christer Bergman, vice president Biometric Solution Group, Fujitsu Frontech North America. “That such a respected and well read publication felt our technology was strong enough for inclusion helps us accentuate the versatility and strength of the PalmSecure solution.”

Scientific American Magazine is the longest continuously published monthly magazine in America, first being published in 1845. With a readership of nearly 500,000, it remains a highly popular periodical and features scientific-themed content as it applies to society and popular culture as well as reports on innovations and breakthroughs in many fields of science.

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Date: January 01, 2011