NatWest launches biometric payments card pilot

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Natwest is doing a nationwide trial of in-card biometric technology that enables customers to verify transactions with their fingerprints.

Initially tested with 200 customers, the card will feature a pad that the customer needs to press instead of using a PIN when they are making a purchase of over £30.

David Crawford, Head of Effortless Payments says: “We are using the very latest technology across our business to make banking easier for our customers. Biometric fingerprint cards are one of the many technologies we are exploring further. This is the biggest development in card technology in recent years and we are excited to trial the service.”

Howard Berg, UK MD of Gemalto says: “Using a fingerprint rather than a PIN code to authorize transactions has many advantages, primarily enhanced security and greater convenience. Cardholders can pay quickly and easily with just a simple touch. And they no longer need to worry about the limit on contactless payment transactions.”

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