Biometric technologies vary in capability, performance, and reliability. One of the most promising emerging technologies, vein pattern recognition (VPR) is more accurate than many other biometric methods, offers greater resistance to spoofing, and focuses on people. Exploring privacy issues and the general concept of personal identity, this book delves into real-world biometrics applications and discusses the emergence of this reliable but underutilized technology. The author introduces the myriad applications of VPA technology and its current implementations, which include, among others, its widespread use in Japan in banking (in lieu of cards and PIN numbers) for accessing bank accounts.
Chuck Wilson has worked in the information technology (IT) industry for more than 30 years. He worked in the card processing industry for more than two decades, and has been researching and writing about smart cards and biometrics for ten years. Wilson spent 12 years with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) managing payment services and electronic benefits transfer (EBT) businesses. Mr. Wilson was Senior Vice President of CardSystems Solutions Inc., in Addison, Texas, where he led the development of emerging payment products. He was also Senior Director at Hitachi America where he headed up the Hitachi Security Solutions business in North America, focusing on biometrics and smart card solutions. Today, Wilson manages and directs the Identity Verification business practice for ii2P, based in Southlake, Texas. In June 2001, Wilson's first book, Get Smart, was published regarding the emergence of smart cards in the United States and their pivotal roles in electronic commerce.