AEON Credit Service, a subsidiary of AEON Financial Service, has partnered with Fujitsu to launch a field trial of a cardless payment system in September this year.
The test, to be conducted at selected Ministop convenience stores in Japan, will utilise Fujitsu’s palm vein biometric authentication technology to carry out payments.
Customers, who intend to avail the service, need to register in advance to add their palm vein pattern to their AEON card information.
Following the registration, they can pay for their purchases by putting their birth date and then scanning the palm of their hand over the reader.
The service, if implemented, will eliminate the need to carry credit cards and smart devices for payments.
Further, the usage of palm vein authentication technology offers better accuracy and security. As well as being contactless, it is also hygienic than other payment methods.
“Authentication using palm veins has high authentication accuracy as there are many veins within the palm of the hand, and their arrangement is complex, providing outstanding personal identification capabilities,” Fujitsu said.
The results of the trial will be evaluated, before the company rolls out the technology for AEON Group companies.