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US fitness gym chain embraces biometric entrance control with open hands

US fitness gym chain embraces biometric entrance control with open hands

MVP Sports Clubs (MSC), a US sport facility operator with operations in Florida and Michigan, has recently deployed Fujitsu Frontech North America palm biometric authentication technology in all facilities. The palm authentication technology is a secure, contactless, biometric access control solution that positively authenticates the identity of an individual.


“Prior to using the palm authentication system, we used membership cards for physical access to the facility,” said Mike Lodes, Director, Information Systems, MSC. “Members were continually forgetting or losing their cards.” Front desk personnel were also forced to manually look-up registrations, tying up the line to enter the facility. Once the member is enrolled, they simply and quickly check in with a scan of their palm, eliminating the need for cards.


The palm authentication biometric palm vein sensors use a near-IR light to capture a user's palm vein pattern, generating a unique biometric template that is matched against the palm vein patterns of pre-registered users. Unlike other readers, the palm authentication reader does not come into contact with the skin, making it extremely hygienic, non-intrusive and unrestricted by external factors such as skin types and conditions. Registration for palm authentication technology takes less than one minute and authentication takes less than one second.


“As a marquee name in the space (MSC), we are confident other clubs will consider biometrics as a viable solution for authentication to permit their members' physical access,” said Randy Fox, Senior Director, Currency Handling and Identification Product Solutions, Fujitsu.

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