Cool Technology for Pharmacy

Biometric scanning is an interesting notion. It’s nothing new and I’ve blogged about the possible uses of speech recognition and facial recognition in the past. Many facilities utilize basic forms of biometric identification, such as fingerprint scanning, as a deterrent on devices like automated dispensing cabinets, i.e. Pyxis. While fingerprint identification is certainly a nice security feature, it can also be a royal pain at times. Well, Fujitsu has taken fingerprint scanning to a whole new level.

The Fujitsu PalmSecure is a palm vein authentication system that takes a snapshot of the veins in your hand as your hand hovers above the scanner. Apparently the vein pattern in an individual’s hand is unique, giving the device the ability to identify the person. It is quick, painless, accurate, and appears to be much easier than finger print scanning.

According to Fajitsu:

The Fujitsu PalmSecure sensor uses a near-infrared light to capture a person’s palm vein pattern, generating a unique biometric template that is matched against pre-registered users’ palm vein patterns. The palm vein device can only recognize the pattern if the blood is actively flowing within the individual’s veins, which means that forgery is virtually impossible.

This advanced, vascular pattern recognition technology provides highly reliable authentication – PalmSecure’s false acceptance ratio is just 0.00008 percent with an exceptional false reject rate of 0.01 percent – in a small form factor which generates extremely fast authentication.

Note the part where Fujitsu states that the “vein device can only recognize the pattern if the blood is actively flowing within the individual’s veins”. In other words it won’t do you any good to cut off someone else’s hand and try to use it to login to the system. Phew!

Check out the video below, that’s some cool technology.

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