Fujitsu Laboratories, a research centre owned by Japanese technology firm Fujitsu, has developed a non-contact palm vein and facial data authentication system for retail payments.
The technology can be used to make payments at physical stores or for admissions at events.
“By using this new technology, real-time authentication can be performed on a scale of one million people without inputting additional personal information, such as with cards or other types of information, while controlling the increase of computing resources needed for the authentication server,” Fujitsu said in a statement.
For using the system, users need to hold their hands over a payment terminal and stand in front of a face-scanning camera.
In order to enable instant processing of facial recognition, Fujitsu has developed an algorithm that reduces processing size to one-tenth of that provided by traditional technology.
“Facial data captured by a camera while individuals operate a payment terminal is used to narrow down similar groups from databases that have a scale of one million registered users. When actual authentication is needed at time of payment, users in the selected group can be quickly identified simply by holding their palms over payment terminals,” Fujitsu noted.
Fujitsu also said that separating the processing of the two recognition processes will reduce load on the authentication server and support high-speed processing without the need to increase computing resources.
The company intends to unveil details on the new offering at the International Conference on Image Processing 2018 (ICIP 2018) in Athens and make the technology practical by fiscal 2020.