Korean bank to deploy palm vein recognition
26 May 2017 12:14 GMT

South Korea’s KB Kookmin Bank, the country’s largest by net profit and number of users, is bringing palm-vein recognition to its brick-and-mortar branches and ATMs.

KB Kookmin said it will install the systems in 50 branches by the end of this month.

The bank revealed the new this week despite set back on perceptions to biometric security that affected fellow South Korea firm Samsung – a spoofing of its new smartphone’s iris scanner.

Bank officials told the Korea Joongang Daily that the benefits were clear to see for customers, for example it won’t matter if they have forgotten ID cards.

“Vein patterns are unique to individuals and can ensure higher accuracy than fingerprints.” said Kim Ji-young, head of smart strategy division at KB Kookmin.

Kim explained that the palm scan would not face the same kind of vulnerabilities as iris recognition on Samsung’s Galaxy S8.

“The sensor of the palm-vein device can only recognize the pattern when hemoglobin is actively flowing within the individual’s veins, which means that copies can’t unlock the system,” Kim continued, “This is why we chose palm scanning.”