Hitachi to Expand Finger Vein Authentication System Business on a Global Basis

Company establishes organizations to promote business in North America, Europe, China and Asia

Hitachi's finger vein authentication technology employs a method whereby light is transmitted through the finger to enable high-contrast matching of vein patterns. This results in high-precision certification, evidenced by a Hitachi-proven false rejection rate of no more than 0.01% and a false acceptance rate of less than 0.00002%. Authentication systems for ATMs, in particular, afford a high level of security when used together with an IC card. Because users find these systems easier to use, banks and other financial institutions are adopting and introducing them with the aim of upgrading service for customers. Furthermore, Hitachi developed the world's smallest ultra-compact system. Measuring just 39mm (D) x 34mm (W) x 15mm (H) and with a volume of 19ml, this system can be installed in notebook PCs, mobile handsets and other devices. Hitachi is promoting the application of finger vein authentication technology in all manner of everyday situations, not just the office, such as the proposal of systems for the ignition key in cars.

Positioning the security business as a key field for the Hitachi Group, Hitachi is working to expand operations by concentrating management resources in fields such as cyber security, particularly encryption; security for social infrastructure systems, including explosive trace detection system; and personal authentication, with a particular focus on finger vein authentication.

Until now, Hitachi's finger vein authentication system business has booked sales mainly in Japan. It has also won a number of orders in Singapore and other Southeast Asian markets. But to promote the full-scale development of this business overseas, on August 1 this year, Hitachi established the Finger Vein Global Business Center within the Information & Telecommunication Systems Group to coordinate global expansion efforts. With this move, Hitachi put in place a framework for coordinating and promoting R&D, global marketing and group product strategies in this business. Now, to strengthen overseas operations, Hitachi establishes the Finger Vein Authentication Business Center (tentative name) on November 1 in four subsidiaries that function as regional headquarters: Hitachi America, Ltd. (North America), Hitachi Europe Ltd. (Europe), Hitachi Asia Ltd. (Asia) and Hitachi (China) Ltd. (China). Each center will work with local manufacturers, systems construction companies, sales companies and other parties to sell room access control systems and PC login systems to public institutions and companies, and authentication systems to financial institutions. In this way, Hitachi aims to generate combined worldwide sales of 100 billion yen over the three-year period from fiscal 2006 through fiscal 2008.

Positioning the finger vein authentication system as a security platform suited to the ubiquitous information society, Hitachi plans to create authentication systems that are even more sophisticated and compact by mounting all control circuits on a single chip for example. And to promote the uptake of these systems as a platform technology for all IT systems, including large-scale systems, Hitachi will develop middleware that conforms to the security standards in each country. By also actively proposing systems to international institutions, national governments, industry groups and other organizations and entities, Hitachi is determined to make finger vein authentication technology the de facto standard in high security biometric authentication systems.

How It Works

Developed by 200 engineers at Hitachi over five years, Hitachi's new finger vein Authentication technology is now the most advanced personal Authentication system worldwide. In the form of a matchboxed-sized vein identification unit, this new technology uses near-infra-red beams to scan the unique pattern of crisscrossing veins in one's fingers and then match the captured image with records in a database, thus accurately identifying an individual among millions.

High-Speed, High-Accuracy

Now, with the ability to produce high-resolution vein "maps," Hitachi's patented finger vein pattern recognition technology enables instant, high-accuracy personal Authentication. [skin...]

Finger Vein Authentication: Products

Revolutionizing Banking

Vein pattern recognition technology eliminates the need for bank cards or PIN numbers, thus eliminating problems relating to loss, theft or falsification of cards or passwords. Banks can also use finger vein Authentication systems to effectively manage transactions at bank counters and depositories.