05 October 2015

French shoppers trial biometric payments

24 October 2012  |  12989 views  |  0 digital fingerprints

A group of French banks, IT firms and retailers are trialling a point-of-sale system that combines biometrics and contactless cards to enable customers to pay with their fingertips.

Developed by Natural Security - a biometrics specialist owned by banks, retailers and POS giant Ingenico - the system is being tested for six months at sites near Bordeaux and Lille.

The pilot is open to Banque Accord, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole and Crédit Mutuel Arkéa customers who first need to visit a branch to register their biometric data in their credit card.

Participants are also given a case - with its own charger - for their card, which facilitates communication between the plastic and the payments terminal.

Once registered, customers who shop at participating outlets can pay by placing their fingers on biometric readers. As long as the card is within one and a half meters of the terminal it can be left in the user's pocket or bag.

The partners are testing two different forms of biometrics during the pilot: digital fingerprints at the Bordeaux site and finger vein patterns at Lille.

Natural Security says that its system offers strong authentication and makes the checkout faster and easier because customers do not need to enter a PIN or even remove their card.

The system also protects user privacy, says CEO Cedric Hozanne: "Natural Security's approach is designed to protect privacy and personal data: the data and applications used for authentication are stored on a personal device (eg smart card, SD card) and remain solely under the user's control. This limits the risk of data misuse and theft."

Comments: (0)

Comment on this story (membership required)
Log in to receive notifications when someone posts a comment

Finextra news in your inbox

For Finextra's free daily newsletter, breaking news flashes and weekly jobs board, sign up now.

Related blogs

Create a blog about this story (membership required)

Related stories

19 September, 2012
12 April, 2012
17 December, 2009
31 July, 2009

Related company news


Top topics

Most viewed Most shared
More global banks back blockchain collabor...
10097 views comments | 57 tweets | 49 linkedin
Iran joins fintech revolution
7689 views comments | 20 tweets | 5 linkedin
Banks face choice to collaborate or compet...
7440 views comments | 39 tweets | 45 linkedin
Samsung Pay lands in the US
5931 views comments | 25 tweets | 24 linkedin
Worldpay trials facial recognition technol...
5683 views comments | 21 tweets | 38 linkedin

Featured job

£100,000 basic, £180,000 OTE + Benefits

Find your next job