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MasterCard now testing a credit card with fingerprint sensor

MasterCard testing credit card with fingerprint reader in South Africa, other areas to follow soon
MasterCard credit card with fingerprint reader
This new credit card is currently being tested in South Africa and combines the traditional chip technology with the convenience and security of a fingerprint reader. Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to join the trial in the coming months as well.

Once an advanced technology, the fingerprint reader is now present in most mid-range handsets, but MasterCard is already testing a credit card with a built-in fingerprint sensor. 

The card is currently being tested in South Africa and the idea behind it is very simple - instead of using a PIN code or a signature, its user employs the embedded fingerprint sensor to scan the fingerprint and authorize payments. To make its adoption easier, MasterCard made this new card fully compatible with existing chip-and-PIN readers. Although older terminals that can only read magnetic stripes cannot use the card, store owners and businesses with chip-and-PIN readers do not need any new hardware to support the new card.

MasterCard revealed that the trial is scheduled to extend to Asia Pacific and select European markets in the coming months. While a global rollout is expected for later this year, US customers will only get the new card in early 2018 - if everything works as planned, of course.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-04-21 (Update: 2017-04-21)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.