Wordline adds handprint biometrics for mobile payments

Payments technology provider Worldline is adding a handprint biometric digital ID to its authentication system through a partnership with French fintech A3BC.

By combining technologies with A3BC (whose name stands for Anything Anywhere Anytime Biometric Connection), Worldline seeks to protect mobile phones from intrusion through a two-factor authentication process that would include the biometrics.

“Fraud is on the rise due to the pandemic, and that is why our work with A3BC is so important,” Claire Deprez-Pipon, global product manager for authentication services at Bezons, France-based Worldline, said in a Wednesday press release.

“We are now able to add a new layer of security with no friction into the Worldline Trusted Authentication and other solutions of Worldline,” Deprez-Pipon added. “In addition, it opens new doors to facilitate an even better customer experience and authentication for any device.”

The combined solution eliminates a single touch on a button to confirm a fingerprint, as the technology recognizes fingerprints through a picture of the hand, the companies stated.

Through the process, the biometric data of every user is protected separately from the mobile device. The two-factor authentication automatically secures any kind of online payment or transaction from the mobile phone, in compliance with PSD2 and its Strong Customer Authentication requirement.

“The kindness and motivation of the (Worldline) team is what really stuck with us,” Dinesh Ujoodah, CEO and founder of A3BC, said in the release. “We are proud to be working with one of the biggest European payments processors to provide even more security when it comes to digital transactions.”

Worldline provides payments and transactional services for merchants, banks and third-party acquirers, as well as public transportation operators, government agencies and industrial companies in all sectors worldwide.

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