[ISN] Bank whips out palm-recognition kit - and a severed hand won't work

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2013 00:36:49 -0600 (CST)

By John Leyden
The Register
6th March 2013

Italian banking group UniCredit has developed a commercial biometric payment 
system based on Fujitsu PalmSecure palm vein reader technology.

UniCredit selected palm vein reader technology instead of more widely touted 
biometric technologies, such as fingerprint readers and retina scanners, to 
underpin a prototype mobile payment mechanism, dubbed Papillon. Fujitsu 
provided a sensor which captures the payer’s unique vein pattern data as well 
as software development technology that allowed UniCredit to independently 
develop its bespoke Papillon application.

Japan's Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank began offering its customers the option of using 
ATM services without the need for a cash card or passbook using the same type 
of palm-scanning biometric technology from Fujitsu last year.

Fujitsu reckons the tech has applications across a range of industries 
including aviation (as a potential replacement for boarding cards), 
entertainment (access control for gyms) and potentially anti-theft features in 
cars as well as banking. The IT giant used the opening of the CeBit trade fair 
in Hanover, Germany on Tuesday to announce the general availability of 
authentication products based on its PalmSecure technology.


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