MasterCard and Zwipe Launch First Contactless Payment Card with Fingerprint Sensor

MasterCard and Zwipe Launch First Contactless Payment Card with Fingerprint Sensor

October 23, 2014         Written By Bill Hardekopf

MasterCard and Zwipe have teamed up to create the world’s first contactless payment card with built-in fingerprint sensor. The card is designed to provide superior security with the help of biometric technology while maintaining the convenience of swipe-free payments.

The Zwipe MasterCard payment card uses its integrated fingerprint scanner to identify who you are when you use your card. This information is stored on the card itself, not on the cloud or an online server. This makes it far less likely for someone to steal your information.

The card is compatible with standard chip and PIN machines, but it is also made to function through contactless payment processors. Once you put your fingerprint on the card, the card will send a signal to the machine to make a payment. Then you can finish the transaction accordingly.

“Our belief is that we should be able to identify ourselves without having to use passwords or PIN numbers. Biometric authentication can help us achieve this,” Ajay Bhalla, President of Enterprise Security Solutions at MasterCard, said. “However, our challenge is to ensure the technology offers robust security, simplicity of use and convenience for the customer.”

The Zwipe MasterCard payment card is scheduled to launch in the United States in 2015 as part of the transition to EMV technology.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of October 23, 2014. For up-to-date
information on any of the terms, cards or offers mentioned above, visit the issuer's website.


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Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
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