Palm Vein Reader
We were happy to hear that Vodaphone in the UK has successfully implemented the M2SYS Hybrid Biometric Platform biometric identification technology with palm vein recognition for their mobile phone VIP recharging trucks that travel to festivals throughout the year. You can read more about the deployment on the Vodaphone UK blog. According to the blogpost, in prior years:
“…we used photos of phone owners and barcoded wristbands, but wristbands get lost, faces need a human to make a judgement call on identity and we think we can do things better with the help of some cutting-edge technology. That’s why this summer’s outing will see our truck packing infrared Palm Vein Readers.”
In an effort to boost security, cut wait times, and increase convenience, Vodaphone incorporated the palm vein biometrics check-in with our Hybrid Biometric Platform recognition technology. As the blog post explains, the palm vein reader:
“ …works if your hands are pristine, grubby or even soaking wet…”
Festival-goers (who have a tendency to dirty their hands in the midst of enjoying the music and festivities) can rest assured that relying on their palm vein biometrics for identification is safe, reliable, and won’t mean they have to sacrifice their fun by keeping clean. Congratulations to the team at Vodaphone for their innovative use of palm vein biometrics technology and the cell phone charging service they provide.
Photo courtesy of elefanterosado
Two stories in the news caught our eye over the past week where hospitals appealed for the public’s help to identify patients who were admitted under different circumstances. Occasionally, a person will enter a hospital or medical center without any patient identification and due to their medical condition (unconsciousness, dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.) the facility is unable to determine their identity.
The first case happened when officials and police in Shreveport, LA asked for the public’s help to identify the victim of an automobile accident when the unidentified patient was brought to the hospital without an ID. The only information that police and hospital officials had to go on was a possible first name and a theory on where the victim was from.
The second case comes from Los Angeles, CA where a man was brought to Memorial Medical Center by ambulance without any documentation or evidence of his identity. The article did not elaborate on why there was a problem identifying the patient since he appeared to be conscious but perhaps he was unable to speak or may have been suffering from Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia.
Both of these cases demonstrate the periodic problems that hospitals and medical centers can experience when attempting to positively identifying a patient in the absence of a relative or friend or any type of insurance card or picture ID. To circumvent these types of problems in the future, healthcare facilities can deploy biometric patient identification to ID any patients who may have an existing medical record linked with a biometric template. If the patient arrives without the ability to confirm their identity, the healthcare facility can take a picture of their iris or scan their palm and quickly scan the master patient index (MPI) to determine if they have visited in the past.
In times of emergency (especially if someone arrives without the ability to identify themselves) a patient may have a special medical condition that would affect the care they receive and could die if a proper identification tool did not exist. Biometric patient ID can help to quickly identify that patient if their information has previously been established and is on file. Just another example of how biometric patient identification is a great fit for healthcare.
M2SYS CEO to Speak at 2012 Biometrics Summit
Where: Miami Hilton Downtown, Miami, FL
When: February 27 – March 1, 2012
M2SYS Informational Session: Day two, 02/29/12, 3:25pm
M2SYS CEO Mizan Rahman will be speaking next week at the 2012 Biometrics Summit in Miami, FL. Mizan will be joined by James Rokosky from our partners at DSI-ITI, LLC. to dicsuss using multi-modal biometrics to enhance the public safety sector by securing the identification and tracking of inmates and visitors.
Due to increasing crime rates, correctional facilities are finding it difficult to securely manage the ever-growing number of identification records for prisoners and visitors. Proper identification of inmates prior to release is critical to public safety, and often times, over-populated and under-staffed jails may release unauthorized inmates due to human error or to inmates swapping ID bracelets with other inmates. Multi-modal biometric identification solutions provide a fail-safe way to properly manage correctional facilities. By using biometric identification at key areas throughout a detention center, the management system can track inmate and visitor movements throughout the day. Inmate and visitor whereabouts can be determined at any time, which increases accountability and in turn, increases overall jail security and safety.
Sharing experiences of how biometrics has evolved in the public safety sector, this session will focus on the functionality and advantages of using multi-modal biometric identification in detention centers for inmate and visitor management, including:
- How to deploy biometric identification for prisoner and visitor identification within a facility
- Why liabilities inherent with identity management in the public safety sector are virtually eliminated with biometric identification
- Using accurate and efficient multi-modal biometric technology to track and control visitor registration and inmate intake, release, medicine dispersal and location
If you are in Miami for the conference, please drop in to hear Mizan speak. Hope to see you there!
Fujitsu and M2SYS Webinar
Word is spreading across the workforce management landscape about the benefits of using biometric employee identification for time and attendance. Most notably, biometric technology has proven to:
- be a more affordable alternative to expensive wall mounted time clocks
- eliminate “buddy punching” resulting in a more productive work force
- reduce payroll inflation and payroll error rates
- be more secure and efficient than a PIN or ID card
Recently, we teamed up with Fujitsu to offer an educational webinar to our healthcare community about the benefits of palm vein biometric employee identification as a workforce management tool including:
- the problems with traditional punch options
- introduction to our RightPunch™ PC-based biometric time clock
- the architecture and process flow of RightPunch™
- advantages of using Fujitsu’s palm vein biometric modality
- advantages of using biometrics for employee ID
- case studies of successful deployments for our RightPunch™ biometric time clock
To view a copy of this webinar, please click on this link or visit Fujitsu’s Web site for more information on their “PalmSecure for Healthcare Webinar Series.”