Japanese bank uses biometrics to boost security

Wednesday, 29 September 2004, 6:23 PM EST

The bank will start issuing Visa credit cards with embedded integrated circuits that contain customer vein-pattern information and work with a system developed by Fujitsu.

The cards will be used to confirm the identity of customers when, for example, they want to use ATMs. The cards will be issued from 12 October, and customers will be able to use them at 267 of the bank's branches nationwide, according to a bank spokesman.

By Paul Kallender at MicroScope.

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