British bank Natwest is testing the use of a new NFC payment card with a built-in fingerprint scanner. The test, which will include 200 clients when it begins in mid-April, will allow its participants to make NFC payments (called “contactless” in the UK) without the need to enter a PIN or offer a signature. A standard £ 30 limit will not be applied for payments when using a fingerprint.
The Natwist trial is expected to include 200 people, all of whom will have to visit their local branch to register their silence. The fingerprints will be stored locally on the card, meaning that there will be no central bank of data for potential hackers to access.