France Tests Pay-By-Fingerprint Technology
France is in the early trials of fingerprint payment technology, which uses the lines in a person’s fingerprint to verify his or her identity.
The trial includes 900 shoppers at supermarket store Auchan and DIY store Leroy Merlin. It has been going on for six months, and over 5,000 transactions have already been made through fingerprints alone. So far, it has been quite successful.
Fingerprint technology works through special readers similar to those at most DMV’s in the United States. The readers assess the lines in a person’s fingerprints or the veins behind those lines to determine someone’s identity. Each member of the trial was given a credit account that corresponds to their fingerprints, and the readers pick up on that when a shopper tries to pay for something. All someone has to do to make a payment is press their finger to a machine.
94% of the trial participants say that they would like to see fingerprint technology used as a method of payment in the future.
Chief Executive of National Security Cedric Hozanne said, “We’ll be using the results to feed into future developments, but undoubtedly it’s been a success. Consumers are ready for this new type of payment method.”
As long as efforts continue on the path they’re already on, France and the world at large could soon see a major growth in biometric credit cards.