Banks in Japan are using a biometric security system based on vein pattern-recognition technology. The system from Fujitsu Ltd. works by shining a near-infrared light on a palm placed about four centimeters above a scanner. The vein patterns illuminated under the skin appear as dark patterns, and it is this information that becomes the basis for security applications.
Suruga Bank Ltd. first installed the system in June 2004. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd. will start using the system in October.
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