Westpac New Zealand says it hopes it’s customers will soon be able to use fingerprint scanning as a quick way to get secure access to mobile banking, At the moment it is at the ‘proof of concept’ stage. When it arrives, it says the technology will be a world first.
The bank has a video showing how the technology works. To use fingerprint recognition customers need the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone which has a built-in scanner.
Recent months have seen a concerted effort by Westpac NZ chief digital Office Simon Pomeroy and his team to lead the way with innovative banking technology. Earlier this year Westpac demonstrated a banking app for Google Glass and there is also an app for the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch allowing customers to see balances by glancing at their wrist.