FNB brings fingerprint verification to mobile app

2016-10-05 16:51
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FNB has unveiled a new smartphone range. (Kyle Venktess, Fin24)


Johannesburg - Through its new app, FNB has found more use from smartphone fingerprint scanners than just unlocking a device. 

Announced on Tuesday, the bank which recently became the first to launch its own smartphones released version 5.0 of its app. 

App users can authenticate themselves through Fingerprint ID available to both Android and iPhone devices. The technology uses a fingerprint sensor to verify the user before giving access to the account profile.

The latest version also features FNB Pay, Secure Chat, Smart inContact, 1-touch Report Fraud, as well as the FNB Watch App.

Jacques Celliers, FNB CEO says the bank views the App as a gateway into the future of banking. 

“The app is attuned to solve for crucial customer needs such as more control of one’s bank account, cost-saving, better security and the need to bank anywhere, anytime," said Celliers.

“The intuitive new features of App 5.0 are a clear demonstration of how we are prioritising customer needs.  This platform also puts us in a much better position to continue capitalising on the seamless convergence of banking and telecoms, to produce integrated solutions,” he said.

FNB Pay is a contactless payment solution which allows customers to purchase goods by tapping their smartphone on an enabled point of sale terminal - similar to a snapscan payment. 

The payment feature allows for customers to make purchases for below R200 without entering their card PIN.

The FNB Watch App extends features of the banking app onto an Android or Apple smartwatch.  

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