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Biometrics in Everyday Life, It’s Part of the Answer

2015 has seen biometrics in the public eye as never before. More and more devices and platforms have adopted the technology across multiple sectors, from airlines to financial services providers.

Biometrics isn’t a new concept. It has been around in a formalised way since the late 19th century when police forces began to use fingerprint identification to track and arrest criminals. The more recent leap forward in biometrics has been due to the ready availability of technology needed for automatic biometric recognition. The penetration of smartphones and tablets for both business and personal use is accelerating the push into everyday life.

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A Welcome for Apple Pay

Apple Pay is here. From today, iPhone 6 and Apple Watch users will be able to upload their card details to their phone and use the handset to make contactless payments.

It’s been heavily trailed and expected since the iPhone 6 was launched last year with NFC technology installed. After all, having NFC technology installed on handsets, something Apple had long held out against, surely means payments are an important end goal.

So, the launch is something that hasn’t surprised anyone in the payments sphere. Yet what might have surprised people is how widespread its adoption seems to be. Every major bank in the UK is supporting Apple. Equally, 250,000 retail outlets (anywhere that currently offers NFC payments) will accept it and consumers will be able to use it online too.

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