UK supermarket becomes first to trial finger vein payment

FingopayUK supermarket Costcutter has become the first in the UK to trial biometric payments that use the veins in people’s fingers to identify them and take payment for goods.

Fingopay’s electronic reader, created by biometric identification and authentication service provider Sthaler, maps the veins in the user’s fingers and links this back to the person’s bank account. The customer’s bank details are stored with payment provider Worldpay.

The payment system is currently being trialled at Brunel University London with hundreds of students and staff registering their finger pattern to pay for goods since the service launched at the beginning of the week.

“For the students, it is convenient, reliable and safe,” said James Budkiewicz, assistant director of commercial services at Brunel University. “The real benefit is not having to queue at the ATM and not worry about losing cash or cards anymore. It reduces queuing at tills, and for retailers, it brings the ability to introduce loyalty schemes and reward customers for returning.”

Sthaler are said to be in talks with other major UK supermarkets, nightclubs and gyms about rolling the system out across thousands of outlets. And Costcutter will consider rolling out Fingopay more widely, if this Brunel University test is successful.