[LINK] ArsTechnica: 'Crawl the Web with your fingers'
kim at holburn.net
Thu Oct 12 07:51:45 AEST 2006
On 2006 Oct 11, at 5:31 PM, Kim Holburn wrote:
> I have seen a report recently of a finger scanner (can't remember
> references) which takes an image of the patterns of blood flowing
> through the blood vessels in the finger pad which over-comes the
> dead finger and gummi bear work-around. The paybytouch system
> sounds like it wouldn't cope with a dead finger attack.
> Biometric Tool Works By Measuring Blood Vessel Patterns
> Snowflake Technologies plans to bring to market next year a device
> to verify an individual's identity by reading vein patterns in the
> palms of people's hands.
> By Rachel Brown, Red Herring
> Jul 10, 2006 12:00 AM
> In the not-too-distant future, trips to your bank or office may
> include a little palm reading. With its first round of funding,
> Snowflake Technologies is betting that its vein-viewing technology
> will become the new standard in biometrics.
> Using the same near-infrared scan technology developed by its
> parent company, Luminetx, Snowflake plans to bring to market next
> year a device to verify an individual's identity by reading vein
> patterns in the palm. This week, it plans to announce private
> funding of $6 million. The deal was brokered by Starlight
> Investments through wealth managers Santi.
> The biometrics industry is still up for grabs, and Snowflake CEO
> James Phillips bets vein viewing can beat out more common biometric
> methods such as fingerprinting and retinal scans. The industry is
> expected to top $1 billion in 2006, according to IMS Research.
> Each person has a unique vein pattern, and Snowflake will "read
> your veins like a bar code," replacing security devices such as
> signatures, keys, and passwords, Phillips says. Luminetx, where
> Phillips also serves as CEO, sells VeinViewer, which makes it
> easier for health care workers to inject patients with needles on
> the first try.
> The VeinViewer weighs 130 pounds and is priced at $25,000, but
> Snowflake's biometrics tool will be a fraction of the size and the
> cost. Phillips wouldn't reveal his pricing plans but says he'll be
> competitive with other biometrics tools, which run from $400 to
> The company is developing several prototypes for the security
> device. Snowflake will target financial institutions and government
> agencies such as the CIA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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