Glossary

Palm Scanner

A palm scanner recognizes unique features in an individual’s hand. It then uses this information to create a baseline of an authentic user and can then compare this to future access attempts by the same user to ensure palm scans match before providing access. Palm scanners can also be used to enforce security at ports of entry and other sensitive locations.

Terms related to Palm Scanner: Biometrics, fingerprints, palm, ten print, scanner, multifactor authentication, palm vein.

Palm scanners mainly work through identifying the unique pattern of veins in a person’s hand. An individual will typically place their palm flat against a glass plate. The palm scanner then uses specialist scanning techniques to photograph the hand and capture unique biometric data from that person’s palm features.

Palm scans are highly accurate and easy to implement, and along with fingerprint scanning, they are one of the most popular ways to capture and authenticate biometric information. Because someone’s palm vein patterns remain constant throughout their lives, it’s an easy way to capture reliable biometric data that won’t change over the years.

A palm vein scanner typically uses a low-frequency light wave, close to the infrared spectrum. This light wave is able to penetrate a patient’s skin and accurately scan the vein pattern in their hand. This information is then digitized as biometric data and stored within an authentication system. The next time someone scans their palm, the system can retrieve the biometric data, compare it to the new scan, and authenticate the person.

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