Vascular biometrics have been a quickly growing market over the past while with major banks in Japan initially and increasingly European and American companies employing the technology first developed by Japanese technology company Hitachi, according to a Times Online article.
Vascular technology is based on scanning the blood vessel pattern beneath the skin via a contactless infrared camera. Vendors say that vascular biometric systems are both harder to fraud and more sanitary than the inexpensive fingerprint technologies as they generally don’t require contact with the scanner.
Additionally, the idea of having a finger or hand severed to be used for authentication does not work for vascular systems, as they require blood flowing through the veins. Other industries where vascular biometric systems are seeing growth are health care where contactless aspects of them are extremely important to slow spreading of disease as well as cost of implementation being lower than any other system that is as sanitary.
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