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RBS teams up with Visa, Mastercard and Gemalto to trial biometric bank card

The biometric card RBS is developing would mean customers would not need to use a pin code to verify transactions over the £30 limit currently set on contactless payments
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RBS said the technology would improve security and make payments at tills easier

Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (LON:RBS) is trialling a biometric bank card that will allow customers to use their fingerprint to verify purchases.

The current limit on contactless payments using cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay is £30, after which, people need to enter a pin number to authenticate transactions.

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The biometric card RBS is developing would mean customers would not need to use a pin code to verify transactions over £30.

The pilot of the bank card involves 200 RBS and Natwest customers in the UK. It is due to start in April and last three months.

The cards are fitted with a built-in sensor, which is powered by payment terminals.

RBS is working on the project with digital security company Gemalto, Visa and Mastercard.

The lender said the technology would improve security and make payments at tills easier.

The UK's largest banks, including RBS, Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LON:LLOY), Barclays PLC (LON:BARC) and HSBC Holdings PLC (LON:HSBA), have been playing catch-up on digital banking as new online rivals take away market share.

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