Windows Hello is a new biometric framework designed to make it easier to use a PC. By using facial recognition or a fingerprint, Windows can bypass the need for passwords and PIN codes.

We have a Lenovo X220 which has been upgraded to Windows 10. The machine has an integrated fingerprint reader and a camera. Windows recognizes the fingerprint scanner but the 720p camera is not supported. Windows presently only works with Intel’s cameras seen on more recent machines.

Some Windows 10 users may have to enable a policy to select using biometric authentication. Press Win+R and select


The double click on Administrative Templates, then select Windows Components and Biometrics. Enable the biometrics and this will allow Windows to use the fingerprint scanner.

Swiping a finger is a lot easier than typing a 16 character password.

mouse with an integrated palmsecure sensorFUJITSU PALMSECURE

Facial recognition and fingerprint scanners have their respective shortcomings.

PalmSecure™ is a leading-edge authentication system using biometric technology that authenticates users on based on vein pattern recognition rather than iris scanners or fingerprint readers. As veins are internal and have a wealth of differentiating features, attempts to forge an identity are extremely difficult, thereby enabling a high level of security.

  • Vein patterns are unique to individuals and contain detailed characteristics for formulation of algorithm template. The sensor of the palm vein device can only recognize the pattern if the deoxidized haemoglobin is actively flowing within the individual’s veins.
  • Contactless authentication is hygienic and non-invasive, thus promoting high-level of user acceptance.
  • Advanced authentication algorithm produces high level of accuracy and application versatility.

Fujitsu says it works to a false acceptance rate of less than 0.00007%, and all sorts of applications for the technology are detailed on the website.

Fujitsu’s PalmSecure is now available for Windows Hello. Software

Fujitsu PalmSecure Palm Vein Reader, Shell, Guide with Software – Encryption