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.