Fujitsu making big biometric security push in Australia

Fujitsu making big biometric security push in Australia

Has picked up councils, datacentres, and pursuing local banks

Fujitsu's PalmSecure ID Match

Fujitsu's PalmSecure ID Match

Fujitsu’s PalmSecure biometric security system is seeing a ‘relaunch’ in Australia, picking up key clients such as Digital Sense’s Brisbane-based datacentre.

ARN understands that the multinational is also in the process of discussions with a major Australian bank and is also currently running a pilot in New Zealand with a healthcare provider.

PalmSecure is based around Fujitsu’s proprietary biometric sensor, which not only measures vein patterns in a subjects hand, but also blood flow – providing it with a level of security higher than passwords, facial recognition technology, or fingerprint and retinal scanners, it claims.

The Global Biometric Market size is forecast to reach $US16.76bn by 2017, as the limitations of current technology methods are exposed by hackers, identity thieves and fraudsters. Palmsecure claims a failure rate of less than 0.00008 per cent, compared to facial recognition technology, which is 1.3 per cent.

It can be used for everything from ATMs and access control, and to bio-locked keyboards and other cardless uses, such as library book loans.

As more and more businesses, and government entities, move to three factor authentication, Fujitsu has had big successes with banks in both its homeland, via Bank of Tokyo-Mistubishi UFJ, and has Palmsecure in 35,000 ATMs for Brazilian Banco Bradesco’s 16 million customers.

Lopez says the system has significantly cut down on ATM fraud, and that Banco Bradesco is in the process of moving its customers to full cardless ATMs. It is also being incorporated into hospital systems in the US.

PalmSecure bioLock is also a biometric system certified for use with SAP, at the ABAP application layer, and this will address fraud related transaction cutting down to nearly zero.

Worldwide Fujitsu has over 50 million users.

It has been working with several Australian channel partners, where it currently sells Palmsecure as a ready to run solution. It works on a shared IP basis for applications of the SDK, with Fujitsu providing quality assurance. For example, Fujitsu has reapproached customers that have innovative uses of the technology to resell their IP.

It has been working with PSQ Group in Western Australia to develop a cardless solution for Seasons Apartment Hotel Group, where it is working on an 800 unit greenfield site.

It is also currently developing a Biometric Access Control solution with Aervision Technologies for the Gold Coast City Council.

Reseller is also building an Access Control System solution.

Digital Sense, a Queensland based datacentre operator, uses it to just to provide 256bit encryption security for access to its site, but also uses it to track users so vendors and partners know exactly who accessed what.

Fujitsu already incorporates the Palmsecure sensor into its laptops, and other peripherals, such as mice and keyboards. The company is soon to release its ARM kit, which will enable the technology to be incorporated into smartphones and tablets.

Allan Swann is the Editor of ARN, published by IDG Communications Australia. Follow Allan on Twitter @allanswann, and at Google+.

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