Access-control device analyzes blood-vessel patterns
To provide double-duty access control at restricted facilities, Model VA-100G authentication device uses an image of the persons blood-vessel pattern in his or her finger, coupled with a PIN (Personal Identification Number), entered by user. Made by iAccess Systems, Inc., based in Long Beach, CA, the product is reportedly the first biometric device of its kind to be introduced in the United States. Applications include government buildings, airports, data centers, laboratories, and other high-security areas. Using near-infrared light and a high-resolution CCD camera, the device captures an individuals blood-vessel image. The image is then digitized, stored as a template, and recalled when user attempts to gain physical access to an area. Because vein patterns are nearly impossible to duplicate, the devices accuracy rate is almost 100 percent.