PalmSecure palm vein scanning

ePortID™ leverages the power

of the Fujitsu PalmSecure® technology to provide the

best biometric solutions on the market. 

    Each of us is unique


Fingers, eyes, ears, lips and even our vein patterns are ours and ours alone even if we have an identical twin. That's what biometrics is all about; use these unique characteristics to properly identify a person. 


What is Palm Vein Scanning?


Palm vein scanning uses a near infrared light about the same strength as your TV remote. It illuminates the vein pattern under the skin and converts it to points of comparison. These are translated into a binary number stored in a data base. No pictures of hands are stored, just the binary number that represents the vein pattern.


Is it secure?


Yes. Very. On enrollment the pattern is encrypted with a unique key. On the transport layer it is encrypted again and finally at the data at rest layer it is encrypted once more. 



Why is it better than fingerprints, iris scanning, facial recognition or hand geometry?


Good question. Well for a start the palm vein pattern can't be faked, forged or spoofed. It's accurate to 99.99992% and returns a result in 2 seconds.


Here are some other issues that should be considered.

Iris or retina scans


It was thought eyes never change and the pattern an iris or retina scanner uses for identification is always constant. However over time there are subtle changes which affects successful pattern recognition.


In addition iris scanners can be tricked.


The real problem is people don't  like their eyes being bathed by infra-red light believing it damages their eyes. Right or wrong the perception is the reality.


Diet affects an accurate scan. The US Military discovered that heavy metals in drinking water and food severely affects the eyes, rendering a good scan unreliable.

Finger Prints


It comes down to real estate. There is more available data for comparison using an entire palm vein pattern than there is using a fingerprint. It's the difference between looking through a picture window and looking through a keyhole. 


Age, the work you do, medical conditions, manual labor, hand lotion, dirt or grease on the fingers all negatively impact fingerprint scan accuracy. 


We increasingly are being told by companies with fingerprint scanners that "it doesn't work properly" and "it's causing delay and frustration with the workforce negating it's effectiveness". Palm vein scanning eliminates that problem.


 A major concern is the transmission of flu or other viruses from fingerprint contact.


Fingerprints can be faked !


Facial Recognition 


There are many excellent facial recognition systems, some of which we have worked with. From practical deployment experience  we discovered that they do very well in controlled lighting but fail outdoors or in natural light. For access control purposes they are too slow.


Additonally with the advent of 3D printers and high definition photography masks can be constructed to spoof facial recognition


Hand Geometry


Hand architecture  measures the width and length of the fingers and palm. It requires the user to place their entire hand on a platten.  A major concern for a user is the transmission of flu or other viruses.


Rapid weight gain or loss affects the accuracy of the scan. Unless a one-to-one comparison it's not so accurate.


Hand geometry can also be faked.