Fujitsu to launch first ever laptop with palm vein authentication technology

Fujitsu has announced its Celsius H730 laptop - the first ever mobile device to use a palm vein authentication sensor - will be launched in Europe before Christmas.

This unusual form of biometrics technology, known as PalmSecure, works by using image recognition and optical technology to scan a person's unique vein pattern in their palm with infra-red rays. Unlike fingerprint readers, PalmSecure is contact free and is almost impossible to crack.

The technology firm claim that the recognition takes less than one second and has a false acceptance rate of just 0.00008 per cent.

"(PalmSecure) quickly collects and authenticates the unique pattern of the flowing veins in the palm held over a built-in sensor," the firm said in a statement. "Delivering palm vein authentication on a mobile workstation is the latest in a series of Fujitsu innovation firsts.

"Developed and successfully introduced by Fujitsu as a stand-alone biometric authentication solution used by hundreds of organisations around the world, PalmSecure is one of the most practical and reliably accurate commercially-available biometric technologies."

Biometrics are becoming increasingly popular among users seeking to secure their devices. A report in October by consultancy organisation Goode Intelligence predicted that 3.4 billion users will be using biometrics on their mobile devices by 2018 – generating over £5 billion worth of revenue for the industry.

Other features of the laptop include a fourth generation Intel Core i7 vPro processor, a 15in display, up to 32 GB of memory and a spill resistant keyboard.

The Celsius H730 was first unveiled in Japan at the end of November, with European, Middle Eastern, African and Indian markets having to wait until mid-December for its release. Prices in Europe are expected to start from £1330.