NEC Launches Contactless Scanner That Acquires Fingerprint and Finger Vein Data

NEC Corporation has introduced a device to simultaneously acquire fingerprint and finger vein characteristics without physical contact. Worldwide shipment of the HS100-10 Contactless Hybrid Finger Scanner (HS100-10) is scheduled to begin in May 2011.

The HS100-10’s simultaneous acquisition of both fingerprint and finger vein information makes it particularly difficult for impostors to deceive the authentication system. Moreover, the system’s contactless sensor is robust against the characteristics of fingers that are exceedingly dry or moist with exceptional accuracy, which is difficult for conventional, contact-based fingerprint authentication devices.

Furthermore, the HS100-10’s USB interface allows users to connect with a PC in order to log on to its operating system or unlock its screensaver in both a standalone environment and an ActiveDirectory environment.

The HS100-10 is also compatible with major access management software, including IBM’s Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On and Novell’s SecureLogin. This combination of support for ID and access management with biometric data significantly reduces user concerns regarding the proliferation of user IDs and passwords.

NEC holds the number-one position in a number of fingerprint and face recognition fields based on accuracy evaluations carried out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Looking forward, NEC will provide the Hybrid Finger Authentication Development Library in order for the HS100-10 to be used with a broad range of business packages and user applications. Future development plans include a steady rollout of solutions linked with business applications such as electronic medical records system.

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