31 May '12, 7pm

The Biometric Wallet

The Biometric Wallet

It’s not the showiest technology, but that’s a plus. The biometric unit is easily integrated into the machine, and customers don’t have to radically change their behavior. After you insert your bank card, you get a screen prompt to place your finger in a plastic notch built into the ATM. Near-infrared light shines from both sides of the notch, and a camera below records the resulting image of the veins in your finger, which is compared to your registered template. If it’s a match, the screen displays a confirmation within one second and you can type in your PIN and continue with the transaction. The Bank of Kyoto began the biometric program in 2005, and so far about one-third of its 3 million customers have enrolled in it. Kitayama explains that once the bank decided to add a biometric system, it methodically compared the possible technologies in terms of security, accurac...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/imaging/the-biometric...

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