Fujitsu Second Generation PalmSecure Biometric Authentication Device Available Nationwide


SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 10 // -- Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of innovative computer products including hard disk drives, peripherals and biometric security solutions, today announced the North American distribution of its new compact and higher performance PalmSecure(TM) biometric authentication device. Leveraging the dynamic capabilities of palm vein based authentication, this second generation product is nearly 75% smaller than the original device, and features increased authentication speed for implementation in a range of applications including room access security systems, PC/network login systems and other ID management applications. Fujitsu is currently leveraging existing relationships with partners and service providers such as Avnet Applied Computing Solutions to deploy PalmSecure in the healthcare, financial and government markets, as well as to general enterprises.

"Avnet has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with Fujitsu and we look forward to applying our knowledge of custom, market-ready solutions to best assist Fujitsu in distributing PalmSecure," said Michael Gaeta, vice president, Enabling Technologies, Avnet Applied Computing Solutions. "Biometric security and identity management are challenges for most companies in North America, and we now have a product that will offer a dramatic layer of authentication to help our customers protect their information and meet strict government regulations."

Deployment of Fujitsu PalmSecure is widespread in Japan, with more than 10,000 sensors already installed in banks, universities, hospitals and private condominiums. PalmSecure offers a contactless, hygienic and non-invasive means to authenticate identity by leveraging each person's unique palm vein architecture. The device works by capturing a near-infrared image of the palm vein pattern. The proprietary algorithm takes this data, converts it into a digitized biometric template, and then matches it against a pre-registered template with extremely accurate results.(1)

"With PalmSecure now widely available in the U.S., Fujitsu will further establish its leadership in high-end biometric authentication," said Joel Hagberg, vice president, marketing and business development, Fujitsu Computer Products of America. "We are confident that our partnership with Avnet will lead to increased sales of PalmSecure, which in turn will assist Fujitsu in driving palm vein authentication to become the de facto standard for advanced biometric security worldwide."

Fujitsu utilized over twenty years of industry leading image processing and recognition expertise as the foundation for developing PalmSecure. The award-winning product has earned considerable acclaim since it was first announced in June 2005, including the 2005 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Network Security and the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) "Best of Innovations" Award for Biometrics. PalmSecure is now available through select U.S. Fujitsu distributors.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited reported consolidated revenues of about 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. See www.fujitsu.com for further information.

About Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. conducts engineering and marketing activities in Sunnyvale, CA and sales operations throughout the United States. Fujitsu Computer Products of America currently offers products and services including hard disk drives, scanners and scanner maintenance, Magneto-Optical drives, palm vein recognition technology, 10Gb Ethernet switches and degaussers. Fujitsu Computer Products of America is located at 1255 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA, 94085. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-746-7000.

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(1) Internal research by Fujitsu resulted in a false acceptance rate of less than 0.00007% and a false rejection rate of only 0.00004%. False acceptance rate is a rate at which someone other than the actual person is falsely recognized. False rejection rate is a rate at which the actual person is not recognized accurately.

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