Tokyo is Testing a Fingerprint Payment System Ahead of the 2020 Olympics
Tokyo officials have announced several advances the city is making to prepare for the 2020 Olympics including altering the subway map to make it more tourist friendly. But, they just revealed an even more high-tech service: allowing visitors to conduct credit card and ATM transaction by simply using their fingerprint.
The proposed plan would have visitors register their prints at the airport. The travelers would then be able to make regular payments with just the touch of a finger. Officials are hoping that this will help decrease the potential for crime and theft, as the city will face an influx of people for the games. Having this system in place also allows for a streamlined process with tax-exempt purchases.
Japan will begin testing the new system with at least 200 businesses this summer, and officials say that an early trial at a theme park in Nagasaki has already proven successful. “The system has been well received by customers, including those with children," an official told The Japan News. “Since it saves them the trouble of taking their wallets out.”