Ubisecure has announced that its Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) platform will now offer support for Hitachi’s finger vein recognition technology. In plain terms, that means that finger vein recognition will be more widely available to Ubisecure’s clientele, and that it will be much easier to deploy as a primary authentication option.
Hitachi’s Hand Gesture Technology is able to verify the identities of users based on the unique vein patterns in their fingers. The scan can be carried out with the standard camera embedded in most contemporary laptop and desktop workstations, so the platform does not require the purchase or installation of a dedicated biometric reader.
“For biometrics to be adopted at scale they must be easy-to-use and, preferably, require no additional hardware. Hand Gesture Technology is an ideal way of implementing biometrics without the common deployment challenges,” said Ubisecure CEO Simon Wood.
“Finger veins are non-replicable and cannot be lost or stolen. While the solution is now pervasive in the banking sector, our collaboration with Ubisecure will help us to expand that reach into other verticals,” added Ravi Ahluwalia, the General Manager of the Security Business Group at Hitachi Europe.
The news comes shortly after Ubisecure integrated Onfido’s facial recognition technology into its Customer Identity & Access Management (CIAM) platform. Barclays, meanwhile, recently released an upgraded version of its Barclays Biometric Reader, which is built with Hitachi’s finger vein technology and is designed for corporate clients using Barclays’ iPortal digital banking system.
Hitachi’s finger vein tech is compatible with smartphone cameras and mobile apps, and has also been leveraged in FingoPay’s naked payments platform. In August, Hitachi Europe teamed up with Alpha Generation Distribution to gain access to the latter’s extensive reseller network and expand the customer base for its finger vein solutions in the United Kingdom.
January 30, 2020 – by Eric Weiss