When the over 150 employees enter the headquarters on the historical site of the Phoenix-West furnace, they experience a modern, open working atmosphere over 3,000 square metres. Plenty of space for the systems integrator and three more Bechtle Group companies—Bechtle direct, Bechtle Logistik & Service GmbH, and the CAD experts, SolidLine. Each company, the warehouse and other high-security areas are simply and dynamically regulated thanks to PalmSecure. “Traditional access controls—using a transponder, for example—would not have met our requirements. We were looking for a biometric system that was secure and easy to manager,” says Frank Wrede, MD at Bechtle IT Systems Integrator Dortmund.
In contrast to fingerprint technology, PalmSecure uses the pattern of veins in the hands for biometric recognition. This is not just unique to each person, but is more secure than fingerprints because fingers can be easily appropriated against the person’s will, as we know from Mission Impossible. This can’t happen with palm veins because the technology can only successfully detect the pattern when there is actually blood flowing through the veins. In other words, the Addams Family’s ice-cold hands would have no chance here.
The palm vein scanner captures the vein pattern in a person’s palm using near-infrared light. The deoxidised haemoglobin in the palm vein absorbs these rays, thereby reducing the reflection rate and causing the veins to appear as a black pattern. This is then compared with the saved pattern and access either granted or denied. For successful access, all employees, freelancers, and interns need to be registered. At the same time, spatial and temporal access permissions are assigned. “Once registered, employees gain access to the areas they are permitted to enter by positioning their hand over the scanner, and only for as long as they still have permission,” says Frank Wrede. No more lost cards or transponders, no collecting of these once internships are over or employees leave the company—a secure and hygienic authentication solution.
Published on Dec 17, 2019.