Banks are Using Hand Recognition for Safe Box Access

Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union has made use of biometric technology for secure access to its safes.

Just like Bank of America and Wells Fargo, the financial institution hired the service of Recognition Systems to provide them with HandKey, a technology that allows safe owners to access their safe using only their own hand and their PIN.

The biometric reader, which is currently placed in front of the entrance to the safe deposit area, recognizes the shape and size of the safety box owner in a matter of seconds, making the process not only secure but quick.

“CAMPBELL, CALIF. – Recognition Systems, the biometric component of Ingersoll-Rand’s (IR) Security & Safety Electronic Control Systems, has announced that members at South Florida’s largest credit union, Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union, are using its biometric technology to access safe deposit boxes at three of its existing branches, with plans to add the HandKey units at several to-be-built branches.

In the same way Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and other credit unions throughout North America have previously reported using HandKeys for entering deposit box vaults, the HandKeys at Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union automatically take a three-dimensional reading of the size and shape of a hand and verify the customer’s identity in less than one second. Recognition Systems was named recipient of the 2004 Application Market Penetration Leadership Award for access control and time and attendance applications in Frost & Sullivan’s study, World Biometrics Market.”


  • The hand biometric technology is preferred over eye and retina scan because it is viewed as less evasive.
  • The HandKey technology is found to be stable, and users are giving it positive feedback, according to Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union.
  • The security benefits of a safe are not only for banks. Business establishment and homes can also enjoy the peace of mind brought by the knowledge that their possessions are locked away, safe from criminals, fire and flood.

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