MasterCard is testing a card with a built-in fingerprint scanner
International payment system MasterCard announced that it successfully completed two stages of pilot trials for a new bankcard. This card has a built-in fingerprint scanner. The card can store up to two fingerprints, therefore, the owner and a relative or a proxy could use it. After inserting a card into an ATM machine or a payment terminal, the person using the card would have to put his or her thumb on the scanner. Further identification of the user and transaction confirmation are done automatically, there is no need to enter a pin code or sign a check (in case of buying something in a store).
According to MasterCard representatives, fingerprint identification takes the same amount of time as entering a pin code. Moreover, the new card is not any thicker than the standard one. It's also important that the card doesn't need batteries, it will charge from existing ATM machines and POS terminals, which is why it's introduction won't lead to a mass devices' replacement. First tests were done in South Africa; in the near future MasterCard plans to conduct more tests of the new card in Europe and Asia.