Zwipe reveals biometric bank card pilot results
06 November 2014 10:28 GMT

In October, Mastercard confirmed it was working with Zwipe on a fingerprint-enabled credit card

PARIS - Norwegian biometrics firm Zwipe, which is partnering with Mastercard on a contactless card with on-card fingerprint scanning and matching functionality, has today revealed the results of a live test.

Speaking at Cartes in Paris, Susanna Hannestad, VP of payments at Zwipe, said the pilot had been launched with Norwegian bank Sparebanken on 21 May in a town outside Oslo.

Following a roll-out to 200 cardholders, some 85% of the users said the technology was faster than a PIN.

While 60% of those surveyed said the card was "exciting", 85% said it was innovative and 60% said it felt secure.

Hannestad said that while the pilot had involved a larger card, that the ISO-standard thickness card the firm is developing - which can be used in ATMs - would be "soon" rolled out to the same cardholders.

She also revealed that the company was working on a debit card pilot with Polish bank Get In, which launched in September.

"The fingerprint may replace the pin," said Hannestand, adding that Mastercard was "obsessed" with assessing how convenient the technology was for card users. 

Hannestand noted that Mastercard wants all new payment terminals in Europe to be contactless from 2016 - and all terminals in the region to feature contactless by 2020.

In October, Mastercard confirmed it was working with the firm on the "world's first" contactless card featuring a fingerprint reader. 

"We should be able to identify ourselves without having to use passwords or PIN numbers. Biometric authentication can help us achieve this. However, our challenge is to ensure the technology offers robust security, simplicity of use, and convenience for the customer," Ajay Bhalla, president of enterprise security solutions at MasterCard, said at the time.

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