Fingerprint debit cards trialled at Natwest

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Customers at Natwest may soon be able to pay for items using their fingerprint as the bank trials new technology.

The UK bank is trialling new payment cards that allow people to touch their hand to the card, meaning they will no longer need to enter the PIN.

This is being trialled to remove the £30 limit found with contactless payments.

This means a customer would no longer need to enter their PIN number for items over £30.

The biometric technology being trialled uses a small box, which is built into the card, and scans people’s hands.

Users can verify their payment by placing their finger on the card, which is then swiped without the PIN needing to be entered.

So far, around 200 people have been selected for the initial trial.

David Crawford, head of effortless payments at NatWest, said: “This is the biggest development in card technology in recent years and we are excited to trial the service.”

Howard Berg, UK managing director 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.”