Danske Bank begins wearable chip trials

Danske Bank begins wearable chip trials

Danske Bank is testing FastPay, a wearable contactless chip that can be clipped to a wristband, keyring, jewellery or watchstrap for tap-and-go payments at the checkout.

The Danish bank is currently testing the chip with thousands of customers in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Operating like a Mastercard debit card, FastPay enables users to make payments of up to Dkr350 without having to type in their PIN

Morten Schwaner, head of card and mobile payments at Danske Bank, says: “We believe that a contactless chip attached to a watch, wristband or jewellery will be an easy and convenient way of making payments in the future. FastPay will help drive the development of wearables, because everyone will be able to make card-free contactless payments without having to invest in a particular watch or or other expensive device."

The bank has yet to set a launch date for commercial roll out of FastPay, preferring to gather feedback from customers participating in the pilot to refine the product ahead of a future release.

"The plan is to adapt the final FastPay solution as quickly as possible so that it can become available to all customers,” says Schwaner.

Comments: (1)

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A Finextra member 03 October, 2018, 12:54Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

How does this meet PSD2 requirements for Strong Customer Authentication (SCA)? Article 11 of the RTS requires SCA if the cumulative Contactless amount since the last SCA exceeds €150 or more than five transactions. It sounds like there will be a lot of failed payments!

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