Visa is exploring biometric authentication with sensors attached to debit and credit cards

Visa plans to use biometric technology similar to what smartphones have, allowing people to authenticate purchases with their fingerprint. Instead of using the traditional four-digit pins and marking the transaction with a signature, a cardholder will press their fingerprint on a sensor attached to debit or credit card to have it verify the owner. When a transaction is approved, a small green light on the card appears to verify a successful exchange. If the transaction does not go through, the user sees a red light instead.

Visa is conducting a pilot program for the new card in partnership with Fingerprint Cards and Kona-I early this year.

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Visa plans to use biometric technology similar to what smartphones have, allowing people to authenticate purchases with their fingerprint. Instead of using the traditional four-digit pins and marking the transaction with a signature, a cardholder will press their fingerprint on a sensor attached to debit or credit card to have it verify the owner. When a transaction is approved, a small green light on the card appears to verify a successful exchange. If the transaction does not go through, the user sees a red light instead.