Australian bank Westpac has introduced voice payments by launching ‘Siri for Westpac’ services, as an extension of its mobile banking app for iPhone users.
The new service will enable its customers to make payments and check their account balances through voice commands.
The customers can make a payment from their Westpac transaction account linked to Siri to any person set up in their mobile app.
All transaction must be authenticated with fingerprint or face ID, following which, the money will be transferred to the beneficiary.
Westpac Group CEO of consumer bank George Frazis said: “We know a growing number of Australians are using Siri to help make their lives easier and faster, from checking the weather through to setting an alarm, all with a simple voice request.
“Now, Westpac customers will be the first in Australia to have the choice and convenience of using Siri voice technology to make a payment, and also check their account balance.
“With more than 2.5 million customers using mobile banking, this is part of our continued strategy of providing our customers with the technology and tools to meet their financial needs.”
The ‘Siri for Westpac’ service will be available on the latest version of Westpac mobile banking app (v8.7) on iPhones with operating system iOS11 and later.
Earlier this year, the Australian bank introduced Westpac Banking Skill for Amazon’s Alexa and Westpac for Google Assistant as a part of its digital banking initiative.