Wednesday 13 December 2017

Supermarket chain in France becomes first in the world to use biometric payment method

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

A SUPERMARKET chain in France has become the first in the world to do away with chip and pin technology – in favour of a biometric payment system.

The scheme sees shoppers use their finger print instead of their card to confirm payment. The shopper inserts their finger into the scanner, which then sends the payment to the bank to be processed.

One of the volunteers, Jean Ghekiere told ITN: "We don't need to get our card out, we don't need to fear it being stolen either, given that this system is personalised."

There are currently just 1,500 volunteers in northern France trying out the scheme – however if successful it could be rolled out to all customers.

The technology was developed by biometrics technology firm Natural Security.

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