In selecting an alternative to facial recognition, bunq discovered Veridium’s 4 Fingers TouchlessID – a contactless hand recognition biometric that could easily collect a user’s fingerprints using just the rear camera and LED flash of their smartphone. bunq embraced the use of hand recognition because it provides many benefits for both security and convenience.
Unlike facial recognition, this type of hand recognition doesn’t rely on ideal lighting conditions for authentication quality. And, when compared to single mobile fingerprint sensors they were able to get not just one complete print, but four, which makes it one of the most secure mobile biometrics on the market.
“With the camera on your phone you can scan the four fingers on one hand. The fingerprints, or the lines and marks on your fingers, are then converted into code. That’s actually a kind of password,” says David Van Damme of bunq. “The goal of the new method is to make payments easier, more user-friendly and above all, safer. The prints of four fingers are a lot safer than a [single] fingerprint.”