fujitsu_palm_vein[CEATEC 2016] With our smartphones becoming more capable than ever, it is no surprise that our phones these days can also be used to make payments for goods and services. We have services such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay, and more, but if there’s one thing they all have in common, is that they rely on biometric security.

This is achieved either through fingerprints or in Samsung’s case, iris scanning. However Fujitsu believes that palm vein scanning could be a more secure solution, and at CEATEC 2016, the company has unveiled an improved model. Fujitsu has been employing this technology for a while now, but when asked what’s different about this year’s model. The Fujitsu spokesperson said that this year’s model features a smaller and more robust chip.

The reason for this is because the company acknowledges that the Internet of Things is on the rise, which means that tech can be used in all sorts of environments. By making the chip smaller and robust, it will increase the functionality of their palm vein sensor where it could potentially be used in outdoor environments.

In case you’re hearing about the palm vein sensor for the first time, this sensor scans the the veins on your palm. This is supposedly more favored over fingerprint scanning because the palm has a wider surface area, and thus more points of authentication. The system is currently used in various countries such as Brazil, Turkey, and China.

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