A bar in London has added a finger scanner giving patrons the opportunity to buy drinks using their biometric info

Evolving technology in bars make it easier for customers to sign for meals, some locations only requiring an electronic signature rather than a written one after using a card. A bar in north London, called Proud  located in Camden Market, has taken this a step further and allows patrons to pay for drinks through a biometric payment method. Proud uses a finger scanner, which identifies the customer by mapping out their unique pattern of veins. The device was made by payment company Sthaler.




Including this as a part of an establishment, customers no longer have to worry about carrying around wallets or purses with credit cards or cash. The biometric scanners identify the user to their connected account. With their cards already attached to the account, the scanner can deduct to the amount from the cards and make a seamless transaction.

The scanner operates by using infrared lights to expose the veins in the finger. As the finger processes for the scanner, it crosses references it with the stored information it has on file to ensure it's the correct person. Once confirmed, the payment goes through. Sthaler assures customers it's difficult for two people to share a similar vein structure is rare. The odds of two people sharing this quality is 3.4 billion to one.

Sthaler has also prepared countermeasures for dealing with individuals attempting to commit fraud against the scanner. Since the infrared lights in the scanner illuminates the finger, the individual attempting fraud would have to use a false finger. The scanner checks for this, making it difficult for the false finger to attempt to trick the device into thinking it's not dead. Unless it can convince it that it's alive, the scanner will not allow a payment.

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This was not the first device created to utilize biometrics for payments. PSFK covered how the government in India has decided to provide its senior citizens with Aadhaar-based smart heart cards for their 2017 to 2018 fiscal year in select districts. These cards will allow these citizens to facial, retina, and fingerprint scanners to quickly access their medical information, including using it to make swift payments.

Right now, patrons drinking at Proud have the exclusive chance to try out the scanner, but more locations in London could have it develop into a regular sight.

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Evolving technology in bars make it easier for customers to sign for meals, some locations only requiring an electronic signature rather than a written one after using a card. A bar in north London, called Proud  located in Camden Market, has taken this a step further and allows patrons to pay for drinks through a biometric payment method. Proud uses a finger scanner, which identifies the customer by mapping out their unique pattern of veins. The device was made by payment company Sthaler.

Including this as a part of an establishment, customers no longer have to worry about carrying around wallets or purses with credit cards or cash. The biometric scanners identify the user to their connected account. With their cards already attached to the account, the scanner can deduct to the amount from the cards and make a seamless transaction.