Mastercard lets customers register biometric cards from home

Mastercard lets customers register biometric cards from home

Mastercard is looking to boost the popularity of its biometric cards by letting users register their fingerprints from the comfort of their own homes.

As it seeks to make the password a thing of the past, Mastercard has been pushing the use of biometric cards for the last year but, until now, customers have had to make a trip to their local bank branch to register their details.

Now, the company has unveiled a battery-powered sleeve to let people self-enroll their card. Their fingerprint is scanned by the sensor on the card and an encrypted digital template is created and securely stored.

Simplifying the registration process will help speed adoption of biometrics by consumers but also issuers because it eliminates the need for additional infrastructure in branches, says Mastercard.

“Making life safer and simpler for consumers is the cornerstone of our efforts around biometrics and comes through the use of some incredibly sophisticated technology,” says Bob Reany, EVP, identity solutions, Mastercard.

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