Natwest launches fingerprint payment trial


Natwest are to trial a fingerprint payment technology on contactless cards for payments worth over £30, the trial is due to start in the coming weeks.

Natwest are working with Gemalto who are a digital security firm, along with Visa are and Mastcard.

Howard Berg, managing director Gemalto said, “Using a fingerprint rather than a Pincode 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.”

David Crawford, Natwest head of effortless payments said, “We are using the very latest technology across our business to make banking easier for our customers and biometric fingerprint cards are one of the many technologies we are exploring further.

“This is the biggest development in card technology in recent years and we are excited to trial the service.”