Costcutter becomes first grocer to trial fingerprint payments

UK firm launches first finger vein retail payments 20 September 2017 15:40 GMT

UK firm launches first finger vein retail payments 20 September 2017 15:40 GMT

London students can now pay for groceries using just their finger vein pattern thanks to a "world-first" payment system at a Costcutter at Brunel University.

The payment system is now being trialled at Brunel University London with hundreds of students and staff registering their finger pattern to pay for goods since the service launched at the beginning of the week.

Sthaler are said to be in talks with other major United Kingdom supermarkets, nightclubs and gyms about rolling the system out across thousands of outlets.

While no card details are stored with the retailer or Sthaler themselves, bank details are stored with Worldpay as per the usual procedure when one shops online.

Almost two thirds of Brits want to be able to use a biometric scan to authorise payments in-store, according to a WorldPay survey.

Simon Binns, commercial director of Sthaler stated, "They don't need to carry cash or cards". Whilst fingerprints can be copied from finger smears left on phone screens, Sthaler claims vein structures cannot be copied or stolen.

During registration, users need to link their finger pattern to their credit or debit card and then they can pay for goods without the need to be carrying any cash or cards. "There are no known incidences where this security has been breached".

Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how much of a sadist you are, the new system that doesn't draw blood from your finger to verify your identity. "This deployment of Fingopay in Costcutter branches demonstrates how consumers increasingly want to see their payment methods secure and simple".

Students are already using the finger scanning system, which is called "Fingopay", and the company expects 3,000 students to have signed up for it by November.

The concept of vein scanners is not relatively new as it is already being used as a way of accessing high-security United Kingdom police buildings and authorising internal trading.

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