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Barclays launch new biometric reader for clients

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Barclays is strengthening the way we help UK businesses combat identity fraud with our new, ground-breaking, Barclays Biometric Reader.

By simply scanning their finger, clients will be able to easily access their online bank accounts and authorise payments within seconds, without the need for PIN, passwords or authentication codes.  

This solution is at the leading edge of innovation and is in direct response to client concerns about the threat of online fraud while making our clients’ lives easier through its convenience.
Ashok Vaswani, CEO Barclays Personal and Corporate Banking

The combination of vein biometric and highly secure digital signature technology in the Barclays Biometric Reader is a first for the global financial sector.

The compact device can read and verify the users’ unique vein patterns in the finger. Unlike finger prints, vein patterns are extremely difficult to spoof or replicate. Barclays will not hold the user’s vein pattern and there will be no public record of it.

The launch of the Barclays Biometric Reader follows on from the successful introduction of voice biometrics to Barclays Wealth and Investment Management clients to identify themselves on phone calls, removing the need for passwords or security questions.

The Biometric Reader was developed in partnership with Hitachi Europe Ltd and will be initially available to Corporate Banking clients from 2015. 

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