Financial services technology firm Fiserv has been praised for a palm vein-based biometric solution it implemented for a credit union.The firm deployed its Verifast solution using Palm Authentication for Gesa Credit Union. The device integrates Fujitsu PalmSecure biometric technology with the Fiserv's DNA account processing platform, reports the Credit Union Times.The Verifast solution validates members' IDs when they hold their hand over an infrared sensing device that detects a person's unique palm vein pattern.”We are thrilled to present Fiserv with the IDC Financial Insights FinTech Rankings Real Results Award for the implementation of biometric palm authentication at Gesa Credit Union,” Karen Massey, senior analyst for banking at IDC said. “This implementation demonstrated not only innovation in customer engagement, but also measurable benefits to the credit union and its members.”The winning initiative centered on a beta program in which Fiserv and Gesa Credit Union worked together to integrate secure palm-vein biometric authentication into the Fiserv's DNA account processing platform. This was the first palm-vein authentication solution implemented in a U.S. financial institution, according to Fiserv.”Overall we think this is an excellent solution for our credit union to move forward into the future of how we transform and deliver service to our members,” Gesa Director of Products Karl Guynn told the CU Times in July.”Biometric authentication via palm vein scanning can enhance customer engagement by providing a convenient, fast, and highly secure method of identification,” Chris VanDerStad, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Open Solutions, Fiserv said. “As biometrics increasingly becomes part of our daily lives, Fiserv is leveraging these technologies to drive best-in-class results for our financial institution clients and outstanding experiences for their customers.”