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US Data Center Deploys Fujitsu Palm Vein Biometric Solution

US Data Center Deploys Fujitsu Palm Vein Biometric Solution
Fujitsu Frontech North America, a provider of IT-based business solutions, including technology products, biometric security, and digital media solutions, deployed its palm vein biometric authentication technology at Vantage Data Centers' Santa Clara campus. Vantage Data Centers provides energy-efficient, wholesale data center solutions to enterprise customers. The multifactor biometric identification and access control capabilities allow Vantage is able to protect proprietary information and costly infrastructure throughout its campus while ensuring that only privileged personnel are able to access to secure areas.

Due to the sensitive data and expensive infrastructures stored at Vantage Data Centers, security represents a primary concern for customers and key objective for Vantage. The technology offers up to three factors of authentication in a single unit installation as well as a bonus capability of an alternate factor of authentication via registration of the user's second hand. As a result, Vantage can require biometric authentication for all ingress points and layer additional factors of authentication as needed, specifically in mission-critical areas. For example, a customer needing to enter the front door to the building would do so via biometric authentication. The same customer needing access to a mission-critical area would then need to biometrically authenticate and provide up to two more factors of authentication, including keypad code and/or smart card. The application of this multifactor technology allows Vantage to meet customer security demands and support various compliance regulations.

“By offering identity and access management, we are able to protect the entire data center facility and customer assets with the highest level of security,” said Jim Trout, CEO of Vantage Data Centers. “We reviewed the prevailing biometric technologies implemented in the data center industry, including fingerprint readers and retinal scanners, and found that both provide challenges to customers unfamiliar with these security measures due to concerns over personal harm and improper use.”

The deployment at Vantage's Santa Clara campus is the result of a collaboration between Fujitsu and BioGuard Components and Technologies, which specializes in biometric systems design and manufacturing. BioGuard developed a physical access control solution that leverages the palm vein authentication technology. The joint solution delivers ID management and physical access control. The solution offers an integrated package for customers who wish to upgrade their access control systems while utilizing existing infrastructure and resource investments.

“We have worked closely with Fujitsu to optimize the authentication technology with our accelerator and middleware solutions,” said Shalom Shushan, President and CEO of BioGuard .

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