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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be able to pay for their drinks at vending machines with nothing but their fingertip, with the amount of money being withdrawn automatically from their bank account.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?
In Japan, the Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank will offer card free ATM machines. Using only your pin code and your birthdate, the ATM will scan the palm of your hand to verify your identity. The bank offers this service to make sure you can always withdraw money, whether you forgot your wallet, you lost your card or you’ve been caught in a natural disaster.
E-billing (www.e-rechnung.at) is a new service provided by PostFinance (Yellowbill) and the Swiss banks (Paynet) that gives consumers complete control over bill payments by adopting an online invoicing system. Invoices appear in the consumer’s e-billing mailbox and can be checked and modified before releasing payment. If you are not completely happy with the invoice it can be declined.