Crédit Agricole tests out biometric bank cards

This experiment, tested with customers of the Regional Crédit Agricole Bank of Touraine and Poitou, is a first in France. It will last six months, with a view to marketing in 2020. This is an illustration of Crédit Agricole's resolve to make leading edge payment solutions available to its customers.

Crédit Agricole will be testing the biometric card, which incorporates a fingerprint sensor. Using the card, customers can make payments by simply placing their fingertip on the Crédit Agricole biometric bank card’s fingerprint sensor.

This card can also be used with a standard PIN code, for example to withdraw cash from ATMs.

Amounts that can be paid this way, made completely secure via contactless technology, will not be capped.

“This is a perfect fit for the strategy of the Crédit Agricole Group, which has just unveiled its medium-term plan, emphasises Bertrand Chevallier, CEO of Crédit Agricole Payment Services. The biometric card aims to meet all of our customers’ needs with its perfect combination of ease of use and security.”

The biometric bank card project is managed by Crédit Agricole Payment Services, in partnership with:

      • G+D Mobile Security, who make and personalise the biometric payment cards
      • NXP Semiconductors, who provide G+D with their all-in-one electronic module and integrated software for the biometric bank card, offering the highest level of security, personal data protection and performance
      • MasterCard global network, who provide the biometric specifications and deliver authorisations, are participating in and supporting the pilot project