Belgian ports soon to be secured by palm-scan system

Minister of Justice and the North Sea Paul Van Tigchelt has approved a third company to provide biometric access control at Belgian ports. Limburg-based Perfect-ID has developed a technology called Palmki, which can scan the vein pattern in the palm of the hand.

In November 2023, Van Tigchelt recognised the first two companies that would help secure access to Belgian ports: Alfapass and NineID. They use external biometric data to grant access, such as fingerprints or a facial scan.

According to Perfect-ID owner and director Marc Strackx, Palmki is even more reliable because it does not check the outside of the body but the inside of the palm. An infrared scan is made of the vein pattern in the palm of the hand, which is unique to each individual and requires a "living hand with blood flow".

Palmki is already being used for access control at data centres, diamond dealers and European institutions, as well as for payment verification, Strackx says. Thanks to the accreditation, the company can now offer its services to port companies.


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