MasterCard has unveiled a new credit card that includes a built in fingerprint sensor.
The new card combines chip and fingerprint recognition technology to confirm the owner’s identity when making in store purchases.
The credit card is being tested in South Africa, with more trials planned for Europe and Asia next month.
“Consumers are increasingly experiencing the convenience and security of biometrics,” said MasterCard’s chief of enterprise risk and security Ajay Bhalla in a statement.
“Whether unlocking a smartphone or shopping online, the fingerprint is helping to deliver additional convenience and security. It’s not something that can be taken or replicated and will help our cardholders get on with their lives knowing their payments are protected.”
The cards works by storing and encrypted scan of the owner’s fingerprint on the chip of the card.
When making a payment, the owner then places their finger on a scanner while the card is inserted into the card terminal in order to authenticate the payment.
MasterCard has said that the use of biometric technology will help to prevent fraud and copying fingerprints is much more difficult than copying regular card information.
MasterCard added that it is already working on the next version of the card, which it says will incorporate contactless technology.