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Fujitsu consigns passwords to history with new PalmSecure biometric offering

Johannesburg, 15 Jul 2019
Read time 6min 40sec
  • New offering makes biometric ID solutions easy to utilise for physical and logical access and across a wide variety of applications.
  • Increases security and convenience and helps avoid costly service desk interactions to reset forgotten passwords. Ease of integration with solutions and equipment facilitated through a simple application programming interface (API).
  • Based on easy-to-deploy, highly-secure and simple-to-use palm vein pattern recognition developed by Fujitsu.
  • Central matching server avoids duplicate user enrolments across different locations, devices, applications or services, reducing error and cutting risk.

Fujitsu today launches a new, extended range of PalmSecure-based biometric security solutions that consigns passwords to history by making biometric ID easy to use across a wide variety of day-to-day applications.

Available immediately to customers in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, the expanded Fujitsu PalmSecure offering comprises four main elements (1): Fujitsu Biometric Authentication PalmSecure ID Engine, ID GateKeeper, ID LifePass and ID Login V2 for access to client computing, physical access to buildings or data centres and to all kinds of applications via a simple and comprehensive API. The new offering enables customers to benefit from a very broad range of password-free biometric authentication applications.

PalmSecure enables organisations to step up to the highest level of biometric security, while increasing convenience for users and avoiding costly service desk interactions to reset forgotten passwords. Powerful integration capabilities allow customers to build ultra-secure biometric control into solutions for physical access to buildings and devices, as well as logical access to specific applications and services.

Providing all ingredients for easy, convenient and quick-to-create biometric authentication solutions, the comprehensive and highly-scalable Fujitsu PalmSecure offering brings the security of biometric access within reach of virtually any application. Based on a new central matching server, it enhances security by eliminating the need for multiple user enrolment across different locations, devices, applications or services. Ease of integration with all kinds of applications and equipment is facilitated using a comprehensive API, extending biometric ID to use cases from data centre entry to user credentials for industrial machinery, to single sign-on (SSO) for all kinds of applications.

Secure, simple, hygienic palm vein biometric identification

Systems security has become a challenge with attacks on all fronts – not just from outsiders but also through insider manipulation – making the implementation of technological safeguards and categorised access vital.

Biometrics is gaining recognition as a reliable, highly-accurate and efficient method of confirming an individual’s identity, as organisations search for more secure and simpler-to-use authentication methods for data access, physical access and general security. Fujitsu’s research on various biometric ID solutions, such as iris and facial recognition, fingerprints, voice and signatures show that even these solutions are vulnerable to counterfeit and theft and that some, especially fingerprints, are potentially unhygienic.

The contactless PalmSecure authentication system uses biometric technology developed based on Fujitsu’s more than two decades of image recognition experience and incorporates technology from BioSec Group Ltd to authenticate users based on the unique pattern of their palm veins. Vein patterns are unique to individuals and contain detailed characteristics, allowing a template to be formed for each user (2).

PalmSecure’s advanced authentication algorithm produces an extremely-high level of accuracy and application versatility. A false acceptance rate below 0.00001 percent (1 in 10 million) and false rejection rate of 0.01 percent (1 in 10 000) make PalmSecure one of the most accurate biometric authentication systems currently available on the market. The contactless reader is hygienic and non-invasive, and leads to very high levels of user acceptance.

Oliver Reyers, Head of Biometrics at Fujitsu in EMEIA, says: “Biometric ID and palm vein technology in particular are lifting IT security to a higher level. There’s no need to remember – or regularly change – complex passwords, and this makes it so much more convenient for users to access secure assets and applications. Fujitsu has applied the principle of simplicity to solution development and deployment. This has resulted in an expanded portfolio of biometric security solutions, which make it easier for organisations to implement biometric identification. Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric recognition algorithm delivers ultra-low false acceptance rates, while central enrolment processes ensure that users can’t bypass security simply by creating multiple IDs.”

Péter Györgydeák, CEO of Biosec, says: “Until now, biometric technologies have been the unsung hero for enterprises, despite their high levels of user acceptance, and the fact that it’s almost impossible to ‘lose’ your biometric ID – which means a dramatic reduction in helpdesk calls for password resets. By teaming up with Fujitsu, we have a joint opportunity to help biometrics reach their full potential in the workplace. The new expanded PalmSecure portfolio puts biometric ID within reach of just about any use case, and makes great financial sense for any organisation that’s serious about security.”

1 Fujitsu Biometric Authentication PalmSecure ID Engine is the key module for connected identification solutions using a centralised database and avoids the risk of multiple user enrolments. It is a matching server for biometric identification utilising Fujitsu’s palm vein scanning technology and ensures highly secure and convenient biometric identification. It brings together physical access control and logical access control and allows easy integration of all kinds of applications and services via an API.

Fujitsu Biometric Authentication PalmSecure ID GateKeeper is a biometric ID solution for physical access control, using palm vein technology to secure access to physical assets such as buildings and data centres. ID GateKeeper supports 1:n identification (where the entire database needs to be searched to establish if there is a valid match) just using biometrics and it can also perform 1:1 verification, where ID credentials are presented and a single database match is required, by adding smart cards or RFID as a second factor. The solution can easily be integrated with most physical access control (PAC) systems as well as existing time and attendance (T&A) software solutions.

Fujitsu Biometric Authentication PalmSecure ID LifePass enhances software and hardware environments with palm vein recognition technology. It allows biometric ID to be deployed whether the customer’s application uses a standard user name and password login or even if it is an industrial manufacturing device currently with no access security at all. The solution provides a powerful API and can be integrated to almost every software, IOT and blockchain environment.

Fujitsu Biometric Identification PalmSecure ID Login V2 opens the world of thin and fat clients for biometric palm vein identification – regardless of the operating system being used. ID Login V2 supports data privacy protection and achieves very high levels of user convenience while satisfying the highest security requirements. ID LoginV2 supports Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 for fat clients and enables thin clients to connect to Microsoft RDP, Citrix and VMware terminal server sessions via Linux GUI.

2 The sensor of the palm vein device only recognises the pattern if the deoxidised hemoglobin is actively flowing within the individual's veins.

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