Fingerprint Cards (FPC) is launching a new On the Pulse YouTube series, and spent the first episode highlighting the benefits of biometric payment cards. In doing so, the company called particular attention to the new biometric card from BNP Paribas, which debuted in January.
The BNP Paribas card features an FPC fingerprint sensor, and was developed in collaboration with Thales, which received Visa certification for its biometric payment cards in the summer of 2020. It is also the first biometric card to be made commercially available in France, and the second launched in Europe overall.
That last detail is noteworthy because it explains how Roger Carrico was able to get his hands on a card of his own. Carrico is FPC’s Payment Card Sales Director for the EMEA region, and discussed his experiences with the card in an On the Pulse conversation with Aida Hosseini.
Carrico explained that enrollment took less than 10 minutes, though he did need to visit a BNP branch and enter his PIN code to complete the process. After that, he was able to make payments anywhere that a more traditional contactless card would be accepted. The card came with a user fee of €1 per month, though Carrico is a gold member of the bank.
Of course, FPC is a longtime advocate for biometric payment cards. The company has repeatedly noted that the interest in biometric payment cards has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has since gone on to argue that the cards will be an enticing feature for banks that want to build loyalty with new and existing customers.
March 25, 2021 – by Eric Weiss