Authentication device reads palms, not passwords

Fujitsu unveils a device that reads a person's palm-vein pattern to authenticate user identity

The PalmSecure LogonDirector combines vascular pattern recognition technology with a PC mouse and software that works with any vendor's single sign-on tools.

Fujitsu

Fujitsu Computer Products of America has announced availability of the PalmSecure LogonDirector, a device that combines vascular pattern recognition technology, a PC mouse and software that works with any vendor's single sign-on tools.

The PalmSecure LogonDirector uses a palm-vein scanner to authenticate users, rendering passwords useless as targets for a potential hacker to steal. The device enables a single sign-on mechanism so employees don't need to remember passwords to access their PCs or laptops.

The PalmSecure sensor uses a near-infrared light to capture a person's palm-vein pattern, which generates a unique biometric template that is matched against pre-registered palm-vein patterns. LogonDirector uses an encrypted repository to store users' palm-vein templates and integrates with Active Directory for identity management.

'The PalmSecure LogonDirector eliminates the need to remember countless passwords, and provides companies with a superior form of strong authentication technology and significant time and cost savings,' said Joel Hagberg, vice president of marketing and business development for Fujitsu Computer Products of America.

Passwords are vulnerable to compromise, the company said. 'Shoulder surfing,' where identity thieves steal passwords by looking over a victim's shoulder, is quite common. And IT departments spend hours and thousands of dollars annually reassigning passwords to employees that forget them.

The PalmSecure LogonDirector works with Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP operating systems, as well as Microsoft Windows 2000 and 2003 servers.

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