Windows 10 to integrate with palm vein
09 February 2018 15:17 GMT

Microsoft, who already supports face and fingerprint recognition via Windows Hello, has teamed up with Fujitsu to integrate the latter’s PalmSecure technology into Windows 10 Pro.

Fujitsu’s PalmSecure works on the principle that the veins underneath are palm are so complex that they can be used to uniquely identify individuals. But unlike the usual fingerprint and even face scanning, these veins can easily be photographed or duplicated since they lie beneath the skin, adding a level of security to the process.

Palm vein recognition, using Fujitsu’s software and components, is already being used by a few businesses, but nothing widespread yet for consumers. Microsoft wants to change that by integrating the technology into Windows 10 Pro, the same way it has integrated face/iris recognition and fingerprint sensors. Of course, that will still require dedicated hardware, which is also still a rare thing in the consumer PC market.

The palm-vein authentication comes by way of a collaboration with Fujitsu, a Windows 10 enterprise hardware partner that is in the process of deploying its own palm-vein biometric technology to 80,000 employees in Japan.

The partnership means Windows 10 Pro users will be able to use Fujitsu's PalmSecure sensors that are embedded into the keyboard of Fujitsu laptops or on a scanner attached via USB.

Users hover a hand over the sensor rather than touching a fingerprint sensor. The scanner is already built into Fujitsu's Lifebook and Stylystic series notebooks for the enterprise.

The scan focuses on unique blue veins in the hand to authenticate users without requiring a password. One advantage over fingerprint and facial recognition is that it's harder to copy veins under the skin.