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Intesa Sanpaolo and Mastercard introducing the first contactless biometric payment card in Italy

Intesa Sanpaolo and Mastercard are launching the first pilot project in Italy to introduce contactless biometric payment card. The 16-week-long trial period will include card users living in Turin, Milan and Rome. Thanks to the combination of chip and biometry technologies, the new biometric card will provide a faster, more convenient and secure identity verification for card holders via fingerprint authentication. The pilot project set up jointly by Intesa Sanpaolo and Mastercard will allow, for the first time in Europe, testing of one biometric payment card that is equipped with the contactless technology at the same time. Usage of these cards is widely spread around the globe. Contactless biometric payment cards are accepted in each POS terminal and ATM containing the EMV certification.


Intesa Sanpaolo: one million instant bank transfers in six months

Milan, July 31, 2018 – As the first bank in Europe to test the EBA Clearing RT1 platform and among the first three Italian banks to make the service available in November 2017, Intesa Sanpaolo performed more than one million transactions via instant bank transfers in the first six months since this service was launched. The recorded value of these transactions amounts to more than €1 billion. The instant bank transfers, designed by the Intesa Sanpaolo Group to take place in a fully multichannel environment, are executed in a matter of seconds and enable the payee to receive funds immediately. Transactions are carried out 24/7 (including holidays).  


Intesa Sanpaolo: “Italy’s Best Bank” and “Croatia’s Best Bank”

Milan, July 24, 2018 - The Intesa Sanpaolo Group won the Euromoney 2018 Award for Excellence recognition for its work in two European markets. Intesa Sanpaolo was named “Italy’s Best Bank” and “Croatia’s Best Bank” during the awards ceremony held recently in London.

The award covers the period from April 2017 to March 2018 and considers a broad range of criteria including operating income, earnings per share, total deposits, total loans, market share in loans and deposits, and the cost/income ratio.

The ranking is prepared annually by Euromoney, a leading publication in the financial markets and international banking sectors, which awards the prizes based on quantitative and qualitative analyses of services and performance, as well as on the basis of surveys of institutional traders within the sector.