Fujitsu’s PalmSecure fingers convergence

Monday, December 1, 2008

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--One of the newest entrants in the biometrics market, Fujitsu is pitching its palm-vein reading technology, PalmSecure, as a way to merge physical and logical security. Most recently, its LogonDirector version of the product has become Citrix-certified, which means it can serve as a single sign-on solution for password management.

Currently, the company’s PalmSecure products are separated into physical access products and logical access products, but Dan Miller, the company’s VP of business development, said the lines should soon merge. “The architecture that we’ve built definitely allows that,” he said. “The same template that you use to get into the building would share the same database that allows access to the network.” He said the products currently interface with Microsoft Active Directory, but by the first quarter of 2009 would interface with SQL databases.

Why palm vein? Miller said the technology is very user-friendly: People simply wave their hands above the units to authenticate. Not only does it not seem intrusive, he said, because you don’t actually touch anything, there isn’t even the hygiene concern that comes with fingerprint biometric devices.

“The bottom line,” he said, “is people don’t mind with the palm.”

Fujitsu is bringing the product to market through traditional IT distributors and security distributors and has support available for both channels, though the company sees the channels merging.

“We’ll talk physical or logical,” he said. “Where do you want to start and how do you want to do it?”