In the ongoing quest to replace PINs and passwords, Mastercard
has introduced a kit enabling consumers to register their own fingerprint on a biometric card at home, bypassing the need to visit a bank.
When consumers receive an EMV card from their issuer equipped with Mastercard’s fingerprint recognition technology, they may enroll their biometric data on the card using their finger and a special sleeve that accompanies the card.
The streamlined enrollment process is Mastercard’s latest attempt to improve biometric approaches
to authenticating card users. Its other biometric card-authentication solutions include smartphone-based “selfie pay”
With the new in-home enrollment process, consumers receive an enrollment kit in the mail separately from the card, a Mastercard spokesperson explained. The consumer inserts the card and the battery-powered sleeve activates enrollment, registering the user’s fingerprint on the card’s sensor.