your palm is your password…

In the last 12 months, biometric technology seems to have really started to hit the mainstream. We’ve got fingerprint scanning, facial recognition, retina scans, and microchipping. All require either specific technology to read, or as Redrock Biometrics explains about facial recognition – “it’s easy to fake”, using a picture instead of a real face. So Redrock is introducing palm scanning as a new authentication method, which works with any device that has a camera. Take a picture of your palmprint, and it becomes your unique signature – wave it in front of any camera, and you’re in.

The official explanation of how it works:

The PalmID Capture Module uses sophisticated machine vision techniques to convert RGB video of the palm into a template for authentication. The PalmID Matching Module can run server side or locally. In just 10-100 milliseconds, it can match the authentication attempt against the enrollment template, using proprietary algorithms extensively tested against tens of thousands of palm images.


To date, no single biometrics technology has been able to satisfy these differing needs and expectations. And, consumers have to enroll their finger, iris, face or palm for every device that uses biometrics for authentication.


What if there were a new biometric approach that met the security, convenience and reliability needs for many industries in one solution? And, what if consumers had to enroll just once and many devices would immediately recognize them

Why it’s hot:

This raised the question – how will we manage these multiple methods in a future where there might be several ways to authenticate people? This is being pitched as a solution almost anyone can implement, and they say the wave of the hand shows intention that a retina scan, for example, doesn’t. But is this just a stopgap until a more sophisticated technology makes retina scanning, or microchipping, or something else altogether ubiquitous?