Barclays says it’s the first UK high street bank that lets mobile banking customers make a payment by asking Siri. The payment, which relies on TouchID for authentication, can be completed without opening the Barclays mobile banking app, reports Banking Technology‘s sister publication Paybefore.

The Siri integration enables payments to existing payees or mobile contacts. For example, users could say: “Pay John £15 with Barclays”.

Available now to all customers with an iOS device enabled with TouchID and using iOS 10 +, the service is subject to daily and single payment thresholds and can only be made in pounds.

On its website, Barclays tells customers they might have difficulty using Siri to pay bills or companies. “If you ask, you may get internet search results instead. This could change as Apple updates Siri,” according to the site.

Barclays already uses voice biometrics data to improve security and combat fraud and previously introduced talking ATMs to improve accessibility.

“Fifty years ago Barclays created the first ATM and it’s great to see that half a century on they’re still innovating,” says the UK Government’s city minister, Steve Barclay (and a former director of Barclays Bank). “Using Siri to make payments is another step forward in making banking easier, quicker and more flexible for people across Britain. This is further proof that the UK is at the cutting edge of developing financial technology, which truly delivers for consumers.”


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