Customers in Lund, Sweden, to pay with their palms

Customers of shops and restaurants in the Swedish city of Lund can now pay by scanning their palm, thanks to a local start-up.

Customers of shops and restaurants in the Swedish city of Lund can now pay by scanning their palm, thanks to a local start-up.

Quixter has just launched in 15 shops and restaurants across the city and already 1,600 people have signed up to pay with their palm.

The creator of Quixter, Fredrik Leifland, is a student at nearby Lund University and came up with the idea while waiting in a queue to pay.

He said: "I saw that to pay is quite complex and a process that takes a lot of time. So I thought, there must be an easier way."

The new system is much quicker, according to Leifland: "A transaction takes less than five seconds."

Customers pay by putting their hand on the scanner, identifying themselves by the unique vein pattern in their palm, and entering the last four digits of their phone number on a PIN pad.

Customers can register for the payment method at any participating merchant by sharing their phone number and social security number with the service, connecting to it with a bank card and allowing a palm scanner to scan their hand several times.

Leifland said: "We had to connect all the players ourselves, which was quite complex — the vein-scanning terminals, the banks, the stores and the customers."

Payments accumulate on an invoice and are then withdrawn from customers’ accounts twice a month.

 

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