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MVP Sports Clubs deploy Fujitsu biometric access control system


Fujitsu Frontech North America has announced its latest installation of PalmSecure authentication technology: in all MVP Sports Clubs.

“Prior to using the PalmSecure system, we used membership cards for physical access to the facility. Members were continually forgetting or losing their cards. Front desk personnel were forced to manually look-up registration, typing up the line to enter the facility,” Mike Lodes, director of information systems for MVP Sports Clubs said. “Once the member is enrolled, they simply and quickly check in with a scan of their palm, eliminating the need for cards.”

PalmSecure is an access control technology that relies on Fujitsu’s biometric algorithms to verify users. The system uses a near-infrared light to capture palm vein patterns, which is then matched against the vein patterns of pre-registered users in the system.  According to the company, this is a particularly hard system to spoof, as the device can only recognize vein pattern is blood is actively flowing through the veins.

“MVP Sports Clubs’ decision to deploy Fujitsu’s PalmSecure technology in each of their locations is a significant win for our business,” Randy Fox, senior director, currency handling and identification product solutions, Fujitsu Frontech North America, Inc. said. “MVP Sports Clubs is clearly recognized as a market innovator in the health club and wellness space. As a marquee name in the space, we are confident other clubs will consider biometrics as a viable solution for authentication to permit their members’ physical access.”

Biometric systems, including the PalmSecure are being implemented widely in schools for a variety of uses, including expediting cafeteria service and lunch payments, though the use of biometrics in schools has many concerned for the children’s privacy and also the necessity of such a system. A recent feature on BIometricUpdate.com looks at the use of these systems in schools and examines the arguments on both sides of the equation. 

As we’ve reported previously, a recent market report estimates that the global electronic access control market will reach $16.3 billion by 2017, growing at a CAGR of 7% from 2012 to 2017. According to the report, the growth is mainly attributed to heightened security concerns backed by government and regulatory mandates, and biometrics is also a major contributor to this growth.


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