New cash machines: withdraw money with veins in your finger

A whole new meaning to giving it the finger.

 
Cash machines could soon be installed with devices that identify customers by reading the veins in their fingers     Photo: ALAMY

  • Cash machine technology that reads the pattern of finger veins is already available in Japan and Poland

The Telegraph
15 May 2014

Cash machines could soon be installed with devices that identify customers by reading the veins in their fingers.

The technology is already being rolled out in Poland, where 1,730 cash machines will this year be installed with readers, negating the need for a debit card and Pin.

Developed by Hitachi, the Japanese electronics firm, the machines read the patterns of the veins just below the surface of the skin on your finger using infra-red sensors.

The light is partially absorbed by haemoglobin in the veins to capture a unique finger vein pattern profile, which is matched to a profile.

The technology is used by Japanese banks and also in Turkey, offering “groundbreaking levels of accuracy and speed of authentication”, Hitachi said, which in theory tightens security.

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