Fingerprinting Is Out..Finger Vein Authentication Is In

Finger vein authentication, introduced widely used in Japan, is claimed to be the fastest and most secure biometric method.Finger vein authentication works by utilizing the vein patterns in one's fingers to verify the identity of individuals. When one's finger is placed on the vein authentication device, the vein patterns are scanned and recorded onto an IC card, and then matched with the records in a database to confirm the identity of an individual. Unlike fingerprinting and other forms of biometrics where the biological information being scanned is on the exterior of the body, finger vein authentication scans information on the interior of the body and therefore makes falsification extremely difficult. Finger vein authentication thus serves as a highly secure form of personal authentication.

The technology is now being introduced into Europe. It can also be used to in cars to thwart thieves.

Comparative Analysis (Courtesy Hitachi)
Biometric Information Authentication Method Security User Resistance Cost Privacy Size of Device
Finger Vein Uses finger vein patterns High Low Medium Very Private Small to Medium
Palm Vein Uses palm vein patterns High Low Medium Very Private Medium
Fingerprint Uses distinguishing points of a fingerprint Medium High Low No Privacy Small
Facial Contours Uses facial contours, location and shape of eyes and nose Low Low Medium No Privacy Medium to Large
Iris Uses the pattern of radial features of the iris High High Medium to High Medium Privacy Large
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