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Biometric device can sense finger veins

Company access solution can detect vein patterns that are nearly impossible to forge

Dirty, dry and worn fingers pose a challenge to standard fingerprint readers.
Dirty, dry and worn fingers pose a challenge to standard fingerprint readers.

A new biometric access control device is capable of recognising vein patterns under human skin.

US-based L-1 Identity Solution, which has an office in Dubai as well, has just announced the 4G FingerVein Station that uses special vein sensor technology from Hitachi to make sure the right people gain access to high-security areas.

According to the company, "vein patterns are extremely difficult to forge and impossible to manipulate because veins are inside the body and invisible to the eye, making this a uniquely secure biometric modality".

The device is considered ideal for industrial and manufacturing environments where dirty, dry and worn fingers could pose a challenge to standard fingerprint readers, or for places were the highest level of security is necessary.

Earlier this year the company was awarded a $9.9 million contract for their advanced live scan biometric capture systems to be deployed in all Customs and Immigration Service Application Support Centres in the United States. These systems will be used to capture fingerprints of applicants in order to conduct criminal background checks.

Units of the 4G FingerVein Station will be available through third party partners and suppliers around June 2010.