Latest biometric technology scans veins

CNET is reporting that Sony has developed a new biometric scanning technology, called 'Mofiria', that scans the veins in your finger in order to provide access to your laptop or PC.

The scanner uses a CMOS sensor to capture scattered light within the finger veins, and compresses the date to allow it to be stored on laptops, or even cellphones.

There are many benefits to this new method, claims Sony. Firstly, this technology claims a high accuracy rate, with less than 0.1% false identification. Secondly, it takes a lot less time to scan the finger; it takes 0.015 seconds to scan on a computer CPU, and 0.25 seconds on a mobile phone CPU. Finger vein patterns are different between each person, between each finger and best of all, don't change over time.

This is not the first company to use vein scanning technology, however. Hitachi has been working on bringing this into some motor vehicles, built right into the steering wheel. Additionally, Fujitsu has a palm-reading mouse that also scans veins. They also claim it is faster and more accurate.

This is a good step for computer security, and hopefully becomes more readily available in the near future.

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Very good. Up til now it was still possible to lift a print and use it quite easily and use it to fool a biometrics reader. This means security is getting more and more advanced, and I'm all for it.

That's alot less likely than burning your finger or cutting it in a way that will alter your fingerprint. This is both more effective and efficient.

Recon415 said,
That's alot less likely than burning your finger or cutting it in a way that will alter your fingerprint. This is both more effective and efficient.

And also, if it's anything like my old HP laptop, you'll be able to have all your fingers scanned.

What if you lose both hands completely? And couldn't somebody chop off a person's arm and use it to gain access?

if you lost both hands - you would have bigger problems using a computer than logining on but I guess you could use veins from other parts too (depending on skin thinkness, i suppose)...

DanielZ said,

"I am sorry sir, your appendage is not big enough to be scanned. Please use another body part."


I thought these new readers could read microscopic veins? :P

Amodin said,
I thought these new readers could read microscopic veins? :P

It would probably say "Error 404, veins not found =P

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