Bitcoin ATM manufacturer Robocoin is to use PalmSecure biometric technology from Fujitu to strengthen authentication in its worldwide network of kiosks.
Robocoin kiosks currently rely on mobile phone and PIN as access control mechanisms. The company's CEO Jordan Kelly says the firm researched other forms of authentication, including other biometric technologies, but settled on PalmSecure for its simple enrollment and speed of authentication at the kiosk.
The 'cool' factor was also a consideration. "PalmSecure technology for authentication also projects and is consistent with the image we want to project as an innovative company providing world-class services to our account holders," says Kelly.
The Fujitsu PalmSecure biometric palm vein sensors use a near-infrared 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.
Registration for PalmSecure users takes less than one minute and authentication takes less than one second, says the vendor.