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Vol. 7, No. 3. March 31, 2012
ISSN 1932-3018

Vein patterns as personal ID
Positioning this technology in the
Functionality Grid
  Output
Matter
(M)
Energy
(E)
Information
(I)
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C
T
I
O
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Process
Transport
Storage
Reformatted from: Van Wyk, Rias J: Technology - A Unifying Code, 2004, SMG, Cape Town, p.34. Based on: Ropohl, Gunter: Eine Systemtheorie der Technik, 1979, Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich and Vienna, p.178.
This Newsbrief deals with a new procedure for personal identification. More specifically it describes the use of vein patterns in the palm of the hand. The pattern is read by passing the hand over a scanner. In terms of the Atlas of Technology it is concerned with the transmission of information (I).
Biometrics is the name given to the use of body features as personal ID.
Various features are used for this purpose. These include:
  • Finger prints
  • Palm prints
  • Face recognition
  • Iris recognition
  • Voice recognition
  • Signature recognition
To this list is now added vein pattern recognition. ("The wallet in your skin" Scientific American, 305(6), December 2011: 44)
The advantage of the process is the speed at which recognition takes place. The person to be identified passes his or her hand palm over a small sensor that matches the vein pattern to a pre-recorded image. An example of this procedure is the Fujitsu PalmSecure system. Systems of this kind are used for additional authentication at Japan’s Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, the Carolinas Healthcare System, and the Pinellas County school system in Florida.
The process is commercially available. On the NASA nine point scale, it is at a technology readiness level (TRL) of 9. Ease of operation suggests rapid proliferation.

© Rias J. van Wyk, 2013. Editor.