Biometric authentication provider FinGo has launched a retail solution that integrates its biometric payment and age verification technologies. At a FinGoVend vending machine, the user (customer) scans his finger to prove his age by matching his unique vein pattern with his identity. Users must obviously register their unique vein pattern before they can use the matching system with their digital ID and digital wallet.
The Paypers reports that FinGoVend is designed for use with the purchase of age-restricted products such as alcoholic beverages, e-cigarettes, and vapes. Customers will “scan their finger, linking their unique vein pattern to their identity and digital wallet, before purchasing the product.”
How reliable is vein pattern recognition?
If vein pattern recognition (VPR) sounds a bit space-agey to you, rest assured that there is science to support this relative newcomer to the biometric field. We asked expert Ravi Das to explore this topic back in 2020, and he shared the research and evolution of VPR on the Keesing Platform. Among the details he covered:
- Just like the pattern of blood vessels which form the retina, the unique patterns associated with the veins are created and formed within the first eight weeks of gestation.
- Veins (as opposed to arteries) are well-suited to the light sources and imaging used in scanning.
- Unique vein patterns can be captured by scanning either an individual’s fingerprint or palm.
- With VPR, the verification transaction processing time is less than one second, making it faster than any other biometric modality.
FinGo points to other benefits as well, pointing out that FinGoVend is a touchless, frictionless solution. The company will conduct a pilot phase of the new vending machine before distributing it widely.