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Secondary Verification of Usage of Equipment Using Fingerprint or Other Biometric Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000169980D
Publication Date: 2008-May-05
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Secondary Verification of Usage of Equipment Using Fingerprint or Other Biometric Information

There are applications such as vehicle fueling where individuals are granted access to the dispensing equipment by entering a valid Personal Identification Number, or PIN.  PINs are used in applications such as fueling depots where fleets of vehicles are filled from a pump or series of pumps.  PINs are also used when training in the use of the dispensing equipment must be completed before station operators will allow an individual to use the system; an example of this is the use of dispensing equipment to fill a receiving tank in a vehicle with hydrogen.  One shortcoming of a PIN system is the ability of a trained individual to share the access code with an untrained individual, resulting in the use of equipment by an unauthorized person or persons.

Options exist to provide a secondary verification of a properly trained individual.  One such example is the use of a fingerprint identification system which is matched uniquely to the PIN for a trained person.  Other biometric systems, such as retinal scans and genetic information, can also be used to match the PIN with the specific trained user of the equipment in question (in this example, of hydrogen dispensing equipment).  When implemented, a PIN system can provide a more accurate means of determining the usage of the equipment; in the example of hydrogen fueling, the qua...