Fujitsu Frontech North America PalmSecure Palm Vein Authentication System
Strengths: Palm vein-based authentication integrated into a mouse for comfort and ease of use.
Weaknesses: Slightly difficult to authenticate and can become expensive.
Verdict: Very clever product. If you can afford it, this is well worth looking at. It does suffer from ease-of-use challenges until users learn the best way to hold it as they authenticate.
SummaryThe Fujitsu PalmSecure device is a small cube sensor that uses near-infrared light to capture a person's palm vein pattern. This sensor comes embedded in a USB mouse for added ease of use and comfort. The main function of the product is to incorporate with a single sign-on product - such as those provided by IBM, Citrix and Passlogix - to replace passwords or even fingerprint scanners.
The PalmSecure can easily integrate with the already existing single sign-on infrastructure in the enterprise, which allows it to be seamlessly deployed to users without having to train them to use a whole new single sign-on product. If there is no infrastructure in place, or this is for a single application, Fujitsu offers help with development to meet the needs of the enterprise.
Documentation included two PDF guides. We found both documents to include clear details in step-by-step instructions with screen shots and plenty of examples.
Fujitsu provides eight-hours-a-day/five-days-a-week phone and email support at no cost for the lifetime of the product. This includes installation help, as well as integration assistance. There is also a knowledge base available on the website.
At a price of almost $200 per device, this tool can be quite expensive to implement in large environments, but we do find it to be a good value for the money based on its easy integration, free support and innovative technology.