NatWest launches UK biometric bank card trial

Two-hundred NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) customers are set to take part in a biometric bank card trial, allowing them to pay using their fingerprint.

The trial, due to start in April and last for three months, will allow the 200 users to pay for goods over £30 without having to enter their pin numbers.

Instead, they will be issued special debit cards with an inbuilt fingerprint reader, which they must hold their finger over when tapping to make a contactless payment.

RBS and NatWest are working in conjunction with Mastercard, Visa and digital security company Gemalto on the trial.

“This is the biggest development in card technology in recent years and we are excited to trial the service,” RBS’ head of effortless payments David Crawford said.

Gemalto’s UK managing director Howard Berg added: “Using a fingerprint rather than a Pin code to authorise transactions has many advantages, primarily enhanced security and greater convenience.

“Cardholders can pay quickly and easily with just a simple touch, and they no longer need to worry about the limit on contactless payment transactions.”

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