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Manchester venue to allow biometric payments via finger scan

Consumers will be able to pay for food and drink using finger scan biometric payments in Manchester later this year.

Beginning this autumn, members and visitors to All Work and Social’s XYZ building will have the option of transacting using VeinID technology. It comes after the company agreed to be a launch partner for biometric payment provider, Fingopay.

Fingopay uses VeinID scanning, which allows customers to link their vein signatures with their payment cards to pay using just their finger at a growing network of merchants.

At the point of sale, the unique pattern of the customer’s vein is scanned, verifying biometric signatures and payments in a matter of seconds. It has already been deployed at English Premier League champions Manchester City Football Club’s Etihad Stadium, with contract caterer F3 implementing it at Joe’s Bar in the East Stand.

Indeed, Manchester is being used as a test bed for the technology, with Fingopay working alongside Greater Manchester Council, local consultant CityCo and the city’s inward investment agency MIDAS.

Anthony Powell, managing director at All Work & Social, commented: “We are thrilled to partner with Fingopay on this project, which can only further support Manchester’s growth as a digital city, and international hub for the tech, digital and creative industries.

“With Fingopay, we are enhancing everyday life for XYZ Work and XYZ Social members and guests by giving them a convenient and secure new way to pay, with cashless and convenient biometric payments and transactions.”

According to a Goode Intelligence report published at the end of last year, there will be over 2.6 billion biometric payment users and 579 million biometric payment cards in use by 2023.

The market research group said that use of biometrics is being driven by several factors, including a desire for frictionless payment authentication, the battle against fraud, changing regulations, and technology standardisation.