Fujitsu releases biometric authentication solution for Microsoft Active Directory

June 13, 2017 - 

Fujitsu has launched PalmSecure ID Login, a biometric authentication solution that enables organizations to protect their networks against unauthorized access, while also lowering the chances of being attacked by hackers and identity thieves.

PalmSecure ID Login integrates Fujitsu’s biometric palm vein authentication technology into corporate network environments using Microsoft Active Directory, which increases IT security while making it easier for users to log on to their system without having to keep track of passwords.

With PalmSecure ID, consumers can log on to their PC, or authenticate for internal system access by hovering their hand over a contactless palm vein scanner.

The contactless scanner is already built into several Fujitsu Lifebook notebooks and Stylistic 2-in-1 tablets, and is available as a stand-alone USB pluggable device.

Fujitsu’s PalmSecure technology captures an infrared scan of oxygen-depleted blood veins within the palm of a hand, combining the convenience of a contactless sensor with biometric security.

Identity verification is typically completed within one second, with each unique palm vein pattern remaining the same throughout a person’s life.

“Passwords are forgotten, lost and get stolen, which makes them a serious vulnerability in any organization’s security arrangements,” said Thomas Bengs, director and head of biometrics at Fujitsu’s EMEIA division. “Replacing password logins with palm vein biometric authentication technology reduces the risk of misuse from stolen or unsecured passwords, including the worst-case scenarios of catastrophic hacker attacks, identity fraud and large scale data theft. It’s also impossible to forget your credentials, since they’re in the palm of your hand – unlike a smart card, or a difficult to remember password.”

The biometric palm vein solution is already being deployed around the globe by government agencies, data center operators, healthcare providers, airport security and financial institutions.

The technology operates ‘live’ in real-time and cannot be counterfeited since the authentication process checks that blood is still flowing.

Last month, the company partnered with Keyo, granting the biometric retail and hospitality payment solutions provider access to and distribution rights in Fujitsu’s patented PalmSecure biometric technology.

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