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IBM Replaces Passwords With Palm-Vein Biometrics In Single Sign-On
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 17 December 2009 18:43

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Fujitsu's PalmSecure LOGONDIRECTOR is integrated with IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Single Sign-On

With a wave of his or her palm, an end user can now be signed on to all of his or her enterprise applications: IBM and Fujitsu have joined forces to replace passwords in IBM's single sign-on product with biometric technology from Fujitsu that scans a user's palm vein patterns.

The offering combines IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Single Sign-On and Fujitsu's PalmSecure LOGONDIRECTOR biometrics software. The goal is to eliminate password management challenges and the threat of lost or stolen passwords, the companies said.

Palm-vein biometrics uses near-infrared light to capture palm-vein patterns in a person's hand, which serves as their identity to the systems. A user would hold his hand over a small scanning device attached to his computer that reads the pattern and matches it to a database of pre-registered users. Unlike fingerprint scanning, palm vein is contactless, meaning the user doesn't touch any devices and risk leaving behind a "footprint" fingerprint that could be accessed or stolen.

"We've seen lots of concerns with fingerprint technology, especially with the H1N1" scare, says Jim Preasmyer, director of sales and business development for Fujitsu Frontech North America's Advanced Technology Group. "With contactless technology, you don't have to touch anything." [More...] [Comments...]



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