Fujitsu today announced that this year it will steadily roll out a large-scale deployment of its palm vein authentication technology within the company.
The password-based authentication that approximately 80,000 employees in Japan currently use to access their virtual desktops as part of Fujitsu’s workstyle transformation efforts will be replaced with palm vein authentication. Additionally, the smartcard-based authentication installed at the entrances to workplaces at two offices in Japan (Fujitsu Solution Square and the Tokai Branch Office) will make the switch over to palm vein authentication, and a field trial covering some 5,200 employees working at these locations will take place over the course of approximately one year. In both cases, identity authentication and integrated operations and management will be performed on a cloud based platform.
Based on this initiative Fujitsu will drive forward enhanced security and streamlined operations companywide.
1) Virtual desktop login authentication for 80,000 employees in Japan
Without the hassle of entering a password, employees will be able to instantly and accurately log in by simply waving their palms over Fujitsu Frontech Limited-made PalmSecure biometric authorization sensors built in to PCs or standalone PalmSecure peripherals. By making use of difficult-to-duplicate palm vein recognition, Fujitsu can work toward the increased security and convenience necessary for the modern work styles that it promotes, such as teleworking. Deploying palm vein authentication, not just for logins to the virtual desktop, but in a wide variety of forthcoming business applications will further improve operating efficiency.
2) Employee identification authentication at entry-control gates to workplaces
Fujitsu is conducting a field trial of palm vein authentication in entry-control gates at its locations in the Solution Square office in Tokyo and its branch office in the Tokai region of Japan, which together have some 5,200 employees. By having employees simply wave their palms and be quickly authenticated, Fujitsu aims to realize a process that is more convenient and secure than the conventional waving of an employee badge. Based on the results of this trial, the company will examine extending use to gates and doorways throughout other offices in the company.
- System Overview
Both deployments of palm vein authentication, including the login to virtual desktops and worksite entry authentication, will use PalmSecure as authentication devices, creating a system on the company’s Fujitsu Cloud Service K5.
Fujitsu Security Solution Personal Authentication Platform AuthConductor Server will provide the palm vein authentication and management platform for both, and will compare data captured using PalmSecure with an employee’s previously stored palm vein data. Thanks to high-precision image correction technology from Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., data for an individual can be found instantly from a large database of palm vein data, and can be quickly and accurately authenticated.
Furthermore, logins to virtual desktops will use the K5 Authentication Service/Biometric Authentication Option, which enables a PC’s biometric authentication features. Authentication at entry-control gates will be implemented by adding a palm vein authentication function to Stronguard, a room entry management system made by Fujitsu Network Solutions Limited.
Fujitsu looks forward to building on the knowhow it acquires through this internal deployment, and intends to further expand its range of palm vein authentication solutions for customers.
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