Fujitsu and IBM Biometric Integration Eases Employee Identity Management

New technology helps organizations improve security and better manage compliance with health care, financial services and government regulations.


IBM and Fujitsu Frontech North America announced a new security solution that integrates palm vein biometric technology from Fujitsu with IBM's enterprise single sign-on solution.


The new offering aims to help companies bypass the hassles of managing multiple passwords for access to critical business information by enabling employees to scan their palms to verify their identities. By integrating the palm vein technology with IBM's single sign-on software, employees can securely access applications, files and websites with a single scan of their palm.


The solution combines Fujitsu PalmSecure LOGONDIRECTOR with IBM Tivoli Access Manager for single sign-on, providing organizations with a comprehensive authentication solution for protecting data while also complying with HIPAA, Sarbanes Oxley, PCI DDS and other industry and federal regulations.


For example, an employee simply holds his or her hand over a small scanning device attached to a computer that reads the vein patterns in their palm and instantly recognizes the user's identity and what access that affords them. The Fujitsu PalmSecure palm vein authentication technology uses near-IR light to capture a person's palm vein pattern, generating a biometric template that is matched against users' pre-registered palm vein patterns.


Palm vein identification is an unobtrusive and highly accurate technology. The International Biometrics Group, which evaluates biometric products through comparative testing, found that palm vein technology competes well with iris scanning technology in accuracy, and demonstrated low occurrences of both false positive and false negative readings. It utilizes no-trace technology which leaves virtually no biometric footprint behind and therefore it is difficult to spoof, especially when compared with cheaper fingerprinting devices.


IBM Tivoli Access Manager for Enterprise Single Sign-On allows a user to log in once to gain access to various systems or applications to do their jobs without being prompted to log in again at each of them. The combined solution from IBM and Fujitsu uses palm vein technology, instead of requiring users to enter passwords.


As part of this integration, Fujitsu PalmSecure LOGONDIRECTOR has been validated through the Ready for IBM Tivoli Software program, ensuring that the integration with Tivoli products meets IBM's requirements for interoperability and user experience. Validated products bear the Ready for IBM Tivoli logo as an assurance to customers of their compliance.

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