A convenience store on the campus of London’s Brunel University is now the the first retailer in the country to leverage finger vein biometrics for payments, following a new initiative enabling students to make purchases with the touch of a finger.
Brunel’s Costcutter campus store has been outfitted with the Fingopay solution developed by biometric payments company Sthaler. The system uses a biometric reader to build a 3D map of the user’s finger veins and then generates an encrypted, personal digital key. After registering into the system, customers can then apply their finger to the reader to make any subsequent purchases.
The timing of the Fingoapy deployment at the C-store coincided with the university’s Freshers’ Week orientation event, where the first 1,000 students that chose to register received a £5 credit. Finger vein payments are expected to be a permanent fixture at the store, as Sthaler staff will remain on campus on a weekly basis to continue to register students into the system.
“Fingopay will give the Brunel University’s Costcutter valuable customer data, enabling personalized real time promotions and, at the same time, speed up service by offering customers the ultimate in convenient payment,” says Wayne Swallow, retail sales director of Sthaler. “Early indications are encouraging and our nationwide field engineering force stands ready to support a rollout in line with demand.”
The installation at Brunel’s campus convenience store follows a separate pilot of Fingopay at a London music venue in January 2017, where more than 2,000 concert goers were registered into the system. For more, here’s a video of Fingopay in action.