Vein scanners for Japanese bank

03/10/12

The popularity of palm vein scanners in Japanese ATMs continues with news that a regional bank in Gifu Prefecture in Hashima, Japan, has begun using the technology to allow customers to withdraw cash, make deposits and check account balances.

The technology, supplied by Fujitsu, is being offered by Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank. Customers must input their birthday, put their palm on the scanner and input their PIN code.

The ATMs will initially be installed at 10 banks, as well as a drive-through ATM and two mobile banks.

In addition to improving customer convenience, the ATMs were developed in response to the large number of people who lost their cards and other forms of personal identification in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, local media reported.

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If biometrics are unique …

Why do customers have to enter their date of birth and PIN as well? Isn't "unique" palm scan sufficient to identity?
steve_lockstep - Thursday, October 04 2012 at 08:20 PM

If biometrics are unique …

Why do customers have to enter their date of birth and PIN as well? Isn't "unique" palm scan sufficient to identity?
steve_lockstep - Thursday, October 04 2012 at 08:20 PM

if biometrics are unique response

Doing a comparison search for a large population requires large server capabilities. The accuracy also decreases as the volumes increase so a user may be identified incorrectly. By entering in the birthdate it allows for comparing with a much smaller set of information and the pin confirms the identity. Otherwise you may have other users accidentally accessing your account. I have found the accuracy of the hand scanner to be lower and more difficult to use than fingerprints so this extra level of security is necessary.
WGilbert - Tuesday, October 09 2012 at 12:25 PM

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