PayPal trials payment scheme using Face Recognition
8 August 2013
Paypal has launched a trial in Richmond, London where people can use just an app and their face to authorise a payment.
Customers can check in to an outlet by clicking on its name within the app. Their name and photo appear on the shop’s payment system.
The customer then swipes down on their device when they want to make a payment and the assistant uses their smartphone to confirm it.
Whilst making life easier for the customer, the personal facial recognition touch limits the chances of fraud. The apps are available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
“This is another step on the journey towards a wallet-less high street, where customers will be able to leave their wallet or purse at home and pay using their phone or tablet. We predict that by 2016 this will become a reality,” said Rob Harper, head of retail services at PayPal.