With contactless payments growing rapidly, businesses need to have an effective solution in place. In the past, contactless payments were often limited to low-value transactions due to security concerns and issues with processing speed and reliability. However, this has changed dramatically over the last few years as technology has advanced and improved.
The contactless payment experience
Contactless payments are fast becoming the norm in many countries around the world. As a result, many banks, retailers and other businesses have already started implementing contactless payment technology in their stores, allowing for quick transactions that are both secure and convenient to consumers.
The way contactless payments work is simple: users walk up to a register or pay station with their credit or debit card ready. They hold it near the terminal until they hear an audible beep, indicating that the transaction was approved. Alternatively, some terminals will display a green light when you’re ready to complete your purchase. Payment information is transmitted quickly without any hiccups.
Biometrics and contactless payments – what is it all about?
Biometrics and contactless payments are the hottest trends in the payments industry. Biometric technologies, like fingerprint recognition or facial biometrics, enable consumers to make payments quickly and easily without entering their PIN or signing a receipt.
Contactless payments are based on cards that either have a chip or support NFC (near field communication) to allow small transactions with just a tap of your card on POS terminals; this allows people to pay for their purchases quickly, safely and with minimal hassle. The popularity of contactless payment solutions is due to their convenience factor – no need to take your credit card out of your wallet every time you want to make a transaction.
Biometric security for contactless payments – will it make things better?
Payment providers have recently begun to look into biometric security to reduce fraud and improve the overall customer experience. Biometrics is attractive to businesses because they are considered more secure than traditional methods of identity verification. However, not all biometric authentication systems are created equally – some are more effective at reducing fraud than others.
The way ahead
Millennials are the most contactless-ready generation, with 70% of millennials using their mobile phone to make a purchase. The younger generations are quicker to adapt to new technologies and ways of doing things. They have no qualms with using their fingerprint instead of a PIN for security or waving their hand in front of a machine rather than pulling out their credit card or cash.