The vein scan of your hands will replace the password

The Japanese giant Hitachi offers local banks a biometric protection system that works with a simple webcam or the camera of a smartphone. Rather than analyzing a fingerprint or an iris, the digital camera uses the venous system, unique for each individual.

Most computers work with a password to protect access, but this method has its limitations. A password can be hacked, but also lost, often requiring the intervention of a professional to regain access. One solution would be to switch to biometric identification systems, but again these techniques have their limits. Few computers have a fingerprint reader and this system, just like facial recognition, lacks precision.

Users should soon be able to unlock their PC simply with a wave of the hand. Hitachi has announced a new finger vein analysis technology that could replace the use of passwords. The only equipment needed is a webcam, already integrated on most computers, but also on smartphones. An imperative: an image definition of 720p.

Blood vessels analyzed with a simple webcam

The system works by analyzing the shape and distribution of blood vessels in the fingers through the webcam. Veins create a unique pattern in every person that does not change over time. This adds extra security because this pattern is almost impossible to copy. In addition, the veins in question must be irrigated with blood. So no question of reproducing sci-fi movies and amputating a victim’s hand to access his devices.

Already used in banks in Japan, North America, and Europe, the technology, according to the firm, is expected to reach the mainstream market next year.