Finger vein technology might replace fingerprints ID.

Finger vein technology might replace fingerprints ID.

Finger vein biometry can replace fingerprints:

Recently companies in Europe have begun to roll out VeinID – a new finger vein biometric system presented by Hitachi, the technology firm from Japan.

VeinID includes biometric technology to identify people from the unique patterns of veins inside their fingers.

Within years Hitachi’s finger Vein ID might replace fingerprints as the most secure ID technology.


Finger vein authentication, introduced widely by Japanese banks in the last two years, is claimed to be the fastest and most secure biometric method. Developed by Hitachi, it verifies a person’s identity based on the lattice work of minute blood vessels under the skin. Easydentic Group, a European leader in the biometric industry based in France, has announced that it will be using Hitachi’s finger vein security in a range of door access systems for the UK and European markets.

In Japan, thousands of cash machines are operated by finger vein technology. Recently, Hitachi announced that it will introduce 20,000 finger vein authentication systems at shops and kiosks belonging to two Japanese companies, which will use the devices to protect the privacy of customer information by requiring storeworkers to authenticate themselves before accessing the customer database.


  • Difficult to forge and impossible to manipulate.
  • Less expensive than iris scanning or face/voice recognition.
  • False rejection rate is much lower than with fingerprinting
  • The proces of vinger vein identificiation.

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    Finger length.

    Finger length appears to be related to body height.

    Finger length relates to body height:

    Earlier this year a Turkish study reported that in a sample of 386 right handed students, body height was found to correlate negatively with the right- and left hand digit ratios (significant for the left hand in men, and the right hand in women). This implicates that in both males and females evidence was found that a ‘low digit ratio’ is more frequently found in people who has a long body height.


    ‘Finger Guru’ John T. Manning presented in his first book Digit Ratio an overview of data related to the ‘digit ratio’ in various populations. This data (Manning, Barley, et al.; 2000) points out that e.g. in Spanish & British people (both populations for both men and women) a significant HIGHER ‘2D:4D digit ratio’ (the ratio between the index- and ring finger) was found, compared to for example the finger ratios in Finish & German people (again in both populations for both men and women).

    Interestingly, especially Spanish people, and in a lesser degree British people as well, are known for their (relatively) short body height – while Germans & Fins are known for their moderelately longer body height (compared to the Spanish & British): see the figure below. This implicates that there appears to be a strong link between the Turkish study which was published in 2008, and the earlier population evidence mentioned by Manning!!

    Body height in various populations.

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