Amazon Web Services launched Amazon One Enterprise, a palm-based identity service that aims to make palm-reading a mainstream way to enter buildings, improve security and verify credentials.

AWS said Amazon One Enterprise is being used by Boon Edam, IHG Hotels and Resorts, Paznic, and KONE. The service is in preview in the US and pricing wasn't immediately available. Amazon One Enterprise's FAQ is worth checking out for various details on enrollment, security and device setup. 

The company announced the launch at AWS re:Invent. AWS sees palm reading as a way to better secure and authorize access to physical locations such as data centers, offices, buildings, airports and hotels as well as a way to restrict software and document access.

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As for the potential returns on investment, the argument for Amazon One Enterprise is straightforward. Enterprises wouldn't have to create and manage badges, fobs and PINs and IT departments could install Amazon One devices. The help desk hours for lost security devices and PINs could justify a look at palm-screening methods.

Here are the key points about Amazon One Enterprise:

  • It is a fully managed service via the AWS management console and a biometric identification device.
  • Security controls are built in to every stage of the service from the Amazon One device to data in transit and in the cloud. Palm images, metadata and user credentials are immediately encrypted. Each palm has its unique key.
  • AWS said the accuracy rate of the palm and vein imagery is 99.9999% and better than scanning two irises.
  • Amazon One uses AI and machine learning to associate a palm signature with credentials such as badge ID, employee ID or PIN.
  • Authentications, status and software updates and enrollment as well as analytics.
  • Amazon One Enterprise offers two options: A standalone device and a pedestal, where the Amazon One device is mounted on a pedestal.