Visa pilots new biometric payment card
The pilots will test the use of fingerprint recognition as alternatives to PIN or signature to authenticate the cardholder. Both pilots are being managed through the Visa Ready for Biometrics programme.
Jack Forestell, head of global merchant solutions, Visa, says: “The world is quickly moving toward a future that will be free of passwords, as consumers realise how biometric technologies can make their lives easier.”
When a cardholder places their finger on the sensor, a comparison is performed between the fingerprint and the previously enrolled fingerprint template stored in the card to authenticate the transaction. Green and red lights are integrated into the card to indicate a successful or unsuccessful match.
The Bank of Cyprus and Mountain America Credit Union pilots will begin in early 2018 to “assess the cardholder experience and the technology of the biometric cards in different retail environments”.
As reported earlier this month, biometric tech firm Zwipe partnered with Gemalto to pilot the first battery-less dual-interface fingerprint activated payment card with the Bank of Cyprus.