Fujitsu considers palm authentication for smartphones and tablets

Fujitsu says it may build palm authentication into its smartphones and tablets. By recognizing a pattern of blood vessels in the palm, a user could be recognized.

This concerns the PalmSecure technology of which Fujitsu already owns. A company spokesperson hopes that the technology can be built into smartphones and tablets in the future, ComputerWorld reports. For this, the sensors used had to be reduced in size. According to Fujitsu, work has been done on this recently.

Fujitsu is going to integrate a recent version of the PalmSecure scanner, the size of a postage, into tablets intended for use at Japanese banks. However, it has not been made clear when Fujitsu will integrate palm-of-hand authentication into consumer products.

PalmSecure works with infrared scanners that look at the blood vessels in the palm. Based on this, a pattern is drawn up that would be unique for each user: according to Fujitsu, the margin of error is very small. According to the company, it is therefore more secure than a fingerprint scanner. In addition, users do not have to touch the palm scanner: it is enough to hold the hand above it.

Several mobile device manufacturers are working on biometric security. For example, Apple and Samsung have smartphones with a fingerprint scanner on board with the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5 respectively. At HTC, the One Max is equipped with a fingerprint scanner, but the company is also working on voice recognition, iris scanners and heart rate sensors.

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