Intesa Sanpaolo Turns to Gemalto for Italy’s First Biometric Contactless Payment Card Pilot

Built-in fingerprint sensor eliminates the need for PIN or signature

Unique battery-less card is powered via existing PoS
terminals so no need to be recharged

Effortless enrollment combined with robust data protection

AMSTERDAM–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gemalto, the leader in digital security, is supplying Intesa Sanpaolo,
the number one banking group in ltaly, with the first Mastercard biometric
contactless payment card
The pilot promoted by Intesa Sanpaolo
and Mastercard allows to test an EMV contactless biometric card for the
first time in Europe. Consumers may simply tap their card to any POS
terminal to pay and authorize the transaction with their fingerprint,
combining a fast and convenient user experience to an advanced
cardholder authentication approach. In addition, the card works without
a battery as it’s powered by the terminal which means that there is no
limit on the number of transactions.

Enhanced contactless payment working with existing infrastructure

Intesa Sanpaolo’s initiative is the latest step forward in the bank’s
ambitious digital transformation strategy. Fingerprint authentication
sweeps away limits on the value of contactless
, removing the need to enter a PIN or sign the receipt, As a
result, it simplifies the consumer experience at the point of sale and
makes it faster and safer.
The card works with existing EMV card
terminal infrastructure, so merchants can easily maximize the shopping
experience delivered to their customers without the need to upgrade
their current hardware or software. For issuers, the technology helps
detect and prevent fraud, increase approval rates, reduce operational
costs and foster customer loyalty.

Fully secure, on-the spot fingerprint enrollment

Intesa Sanpaolo has 11.9 million customers and 4,400 branches in Italy.
Gemalto’s solution includes secure on-the-spot fingerprint enrollment at
selected locations and in the future customers could even enroll for the
service at home. To ensure the right to privacy, biometric data is
stored on the card itself, not the bank’s servers. Protection is further
enhanced by the fact that personal data is encrypted and never leaves
the card.

“We are proud to have undertaken the first step to introduce in Italy
a card which technology offers the consumers clear and concrete
benefits, following our choice to anticipate and facilitate the
diffusion of innovative technologies functional to people’s everyday
said Cinzia Bruzzone, Retail Manager Intesa Sanpaolo.
“The Intesa Sanpaolo – Mastercard pilot project, achieved with Mercury
Payment System support, avails itself of Gemalto’s contribution as a
global operator, who provided the technology behind the new biometric
cards and the tools necessary for storing the fingerprint on the chip.”

“Consumers are quickly recognizing the combined power of contactless
and biometric technologies to take the stress and strain out of secure
said Bertrand Knopf, executive vice president Banking
and Payment for Gemalto. “We are delighted to work with Intesa
Sanpaolo and Mastercard on another pioneering project, this time
bringing the effortless safety of a biometric sensor EMV card to their

Intesa Sanpaolo’s initial pilot will run in Turin, Milan and Rome and is
scheduled to last 16 weeks.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the global leader in digital
, with 2017 annual revenues of €3 billion and customers in
over 180 countries. We bring trust to an increasingly connected world.

From secure software to biometrics and encryption, our technologies and
services enable businesses and governments to authenticate identities
and protect data so they stay safe and enable services in personal
devices, connected objects, the cloud and in between.

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to
enterprise security and the internet of things. We authenticate people,
transactions and objects, encrypt data and create value for software –
enabling our clients to deliver secure digital services for billions of
individuals and things.

Our 15,000 employees operate out of 114 offices, 40 personalization and
data centers, and 35 research and software development centers located
in 47 countries.

For more information visit,
or follow @gemalto
on Twitter.


Gemalto media:
Tauri Cox
North America
+1 512 257

Sophie Dombres
Europe Middle East & Africa
+33 4 42 36 57

Piyush Prakash
Asia Pacific
+91 11 6623 1200

Alexis Camarillo
Latin America
+52 5521223627

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