PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- From facial recognition software at airports and on phones, to voice recognition on smart home devices, biometrics have become part of a consumer’s everyday life.

As far as payment options go, biometric technology is used for services like Apple Pay and Android Pay.

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Now, Visa and Mastercard are adding biometric sensors directly to credit and debit cards.

The prototype cards feature embedded fingerprint sensors that capture and match the cardholder’s print to a digital image stored on the card, so there is no need for a signature or pin.

If the fingerprint cannot be verified, the cardholder still has the option to insert or swipe the card, and then authenticate with a signature or pin.

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Unlike digital wallets stories on smartphones, customers using biometric cards must get their fingerprints registered at a bank or physical kiosk.

Gary Harper's 3 On Your Side reports air weeknights on 3TV News at 9.


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