JCB starts trials of payment by palm vein authentication

JCB Co., Ltd. (“JCB”), the only international payment brand based in Japan, will be conducting a trial of payment using palm vein authentication in cooperation with Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Frontech Limited. The trial will be held at the JCB World Conference, an event attended by JCB partner companies and financial institutions from around the world. Payment by palm leverages the JCB global network with Fujitsu’s palm vein authentication technology, one of the most accurate biometric authentication technologies in the world. After linking a palm vein pattern and payment card information, customers can make a simple, fast and secure payment by using their palm. Multiple cards can be linked to one pattern, and customer does not need to bring his or her wallet or any mobile payment device.

Palm vein authentication is highly accurate, and is already being used for many applications such as bank ATMs and high security area access control systems. Incorporating this authentication method with the JCB global network will create the world’s first payment way of its kind. In addition to the trial at JCB World Conference, JCB has already conducted a trial of, involving several hundred employees at the JCB headquarters in Tokyo in July 2015.