Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - Front Page -

COULD it be the fu­ture of shop­ping? Stu­dents at Brunel first in the UK to use their fin­ger­prints to pay for their gro­ceries.

It marks the first time cus­tomers in the UK have been able to shop with just their fin­ger­print.

The new Cost­cut­ter store at the univer­sity’s Uxbridge cam­pus will al­low stu­dents to pay for goods with a swift scan of the digit, us­ing Fin­go­pay tech­nol­ogy.

Fol­low­ing a pilot at the Proud Camden bar, the use at Cost­cut­ter marks the first time re­tail cus­tomers in the UK will be able to use the tech­nol­ogy in stores.

Fin­go­pay’s elec­tronic bio­met­ric reader builds a 3D map of the cus­tomer’s finger veins, creat­ing a unique and per­sonal key.

Reg­is­tra­tion can take sec­onds, af­ter which stu­dents at the univer­sity will be able to scan their fin­gers at the till in or­der to pay for their goods.

Nick Dry­den, chief ex­ec­u­tive and founder of bio­met­ric pay­ments com­pany Sthaler, said: “To­day’s mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion now ex­pects a higher level of ease, se­cu­rity and ef­fi­ciency from the way that we pay, and we are in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to bring our Fin­go­pay tech­nol­ogy to stu­dents at Brunel Univer­sity Lon­don through the Cost­cut­ter store.

“Fin­go­pay of­fers the con­ve­nience and re­tail sec­tor the op­por­tu­nity to gain richer data, and a faster point of sale ser­vice – and we look for­ward to in­tro­duc­ing it as the first re­tail pilot in the UK.”

The tech­nol­ogy was in place for Brunel Univer­sity’s fresher’s week, which ran last week, from Mon­day Septem­ber 18.

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