European consumers give thumbs up to biometric payment cards

Nine in ten consumers taking part in the first European trial of a biometric payment card developed by Mastercard say they “would upgrade or probably upgrade” their favourite card to one that includes the biometric security feature if it was available, a survey by issuing bank UniCredit Bulbank has found.

UniCredit Bulbank logo93% of the participants found the biometric card more convenient to use than entering the PIN during the transaction, the survey by the Bulgarian bank also found. 100% of respondents said that the inclusion of contactless functionality is a must while 93% also said they found the biometric card more secure than regular chip cards.

The biometric payment cards feature a built-in fingerprint sensor provided by Norway-based Idex and can be used at any standard EMV terminal. Mastercard first tested the technology in South Africa in April 2017.

“We expect further trials to be completed in Asia and other regions in the next few months,” Dr Hemant Mardia, CEO of Idex, says.

  • Willam Hugh Murray, CISSP

    Without knowing the biometric, it is difficult to comment on the convenience or security of this card. However, this might give a contactless card similar convenience and security to a mobile. One would want such a card not to have a magstripe.