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Vein authentication is only commonly used in high security areas – now Hitachi and Coca Cola plan to introduce this technology for the use of consumers as well. People will be able to pay for their drinks at vending machines with nothing but their fingertip, with the amount of money being withdrawn automatically from their bank account.
Why it matters
The individual human body is becoming a digitally readable medium. Perhaps payment by finger is an extreme but isn’t it just another example of the move towards a cashless/cardless society?
Italian bank Intesa Sanpaulo has sponsored film-makers Ermanno Olmi, Gabriele Salvatores and Paolo Sorrentino to produce ‘Per Fidula’ (meaning ‘Through Trust’), a series of short films exploring the theme of trust. The morale-boosting shorts are not direct plugs for Intesa Sanpaolo, who just have a mention in the closing credits.
O2 together with NatWest are launching a chip and pin card for children as young as 13. While the Load and Go card will not allow any overdrafts, it allows children to shop online at outlets that take Visa and withdraw cash from ATMs. Parents can then receive transaction details.