Mastercard and Zwipe Announce Finger-Scanning Contactless Payment Card

By Nick Cowen on at

Mastercard and Zwipe have teamed up to launch a contactless payment card with a built-in fingerprint sensor.

Basically, the card will store its owners fingerprint data on it, allowing them to use biometric authentication instead of a PIN number – that they’d doubtless forget anyway. The device can be used to purchase items at any terminal that accepts NFC payments.

The first generation cards are quite clunky, apparently, since they need to house a battery, but Zwipe is working on a more slender, traditional card that it plans to have in circulation by 2015.

So, we’re one step close to having our financial security linked with our DNA. Next stop: a chip under your skin?