Royal Bank of Scotland reveals it will trial fingerprint security for debit and credit card users

The Royal Bank of Scotland is to trial biometric fingerprint technology.

Over the next few weeks the bank will begin a trial with 200 customers who will be able to use their fingerprint to verify bank card transactions of more than £30.

The scheme aims to make it easier for customers when paying for good and services at the tills because no personal identification number would be required.


The bank is working with digital security company Gemalto and Visa and MasterCard to bring the service to customers in the UK.

David Crawford, head of effortless payments at the bank 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.”


Howard Berg, UK MD of Gemalto said: “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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