Veins: The next biometric identifier

European countries have begun to adopt an advanced biometric system from Japan that identifies people by the unique patterns of veins inside their fingers, according to a report by The Times of London.

Finger vein authentication is claimed to be the fastest and most secure biometric method of identification, according to Hitachi. It verifies a person's identity based on the lattice work of minute blood vessels under the skin.

Hitachi says that veins are impossible to manipulate, and just as difficult to forge, because these blood vessels are inside the human body and invisible to the eye. "While fingerprints can be 'lifted' and retinas scanned without an individual realising it, it is extremely unlikely that people's finger vein profiles can be taken without them being aware of it," The Times writes.

To read the complete Times report, click here.

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