Oct. 25 - Shoppers in France could soon be able to use their finger to pay for everyday shopping as one supermarket trials the technology. Hayley Platt reports.
No cash or cards to pay for groceries no problem. This French supermarket accepts payment by fingerprint. A touch of the finger and a biometric reader confirms the customers identity, then debits the amount from their bank account. SOUNDBITE: Jean Ghekiere, customer, saying (French): "We don't need to get our card out, we don't need to fear it being stolen either, given that this system is personalised." Auchan has teamed up with Natural Security, part of Banque Accord. Those with security concerns over fingerprint payments needn't worry. The system records the unique patterns of veins underneath a person's index finger - not the fingerprint itself. And customer's data is stored on their bank cards chip and not in a database says Natural Security's CEO. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CEO OF NATURAL SECURITY, THE COMPANY BEHIND THE OPERATION, CEDRIC HOZANNE SAYING: "The biometric reader communicates with the object that I have with me, the bank card. But I don't handle it, I don't take it out of my pocket." The system is currently being trialed on 1500 Auchen customers. Similar systems are already in use in Germany and America.