The Japanese JCB Company has introduced an authentication system that can identify an individual by analysing the pattern of blood vessels in the finger.
The first facility scheduled to use the system will be a 156-unit condominium in Osaka, Japan, which is due to be completed in March 2005.
The new system will allow residents of the condominium complex to open doors and pay for purchases by simply placing one finger in an infrared reader.
Developed by the Bionics Company, the system is claimed to be one of the most accurate biometric authentication security technologies available. Blood vessel patterns are genetically determined, and unique to the individual.
Authentication is simple and non-invasive: one finger is placed in the reader, and an image of the blood vessel pattern is taken by CCD camera under infrared light and then matched to a preauthorised pattern for identification.