Fingerprint-Activated Debit Cards Are Here.

Bank institutions and businesses are attempting to revolutionize the way people pay with plastic and a recent example of this movement is a secure debit card concept that is being tested out by NatWest — a bank that is based in the United Kingdom. The bank is tapping biometric data and fingerprint scanning as a method of activation for this traditional mode of payment.

Currently, the secure debit cards are set to begin trial in mid-April. A total of 200 people are involved in the experiment. Individuals need to go into NatWest and register their fingerprint. The information “will be stored locally on the card, meaning that there will be no central bank of data” which eliminates worries of contamination and stolen information. The development is a form of convenience-focused contactless payment.

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