There are some big changes in store in 2020, some obvious, some less so. In the payments landscape, it’s all about user convenience and customer experience, whether that’s through increased security for card users, or new ways to pay. Fragmented payments systems and services, from online to in-store, will move towards a unified centralised payment stack. We think there are a few trends to watch in 2020.
Biometrics take centre stage
2019 saw the first biometric fingerprint credit card issued by a UK bank – expect 2020 to see more of this kind of payment innovation. With smartphones unlocking themselves through facial recognition and fingerprint scanning, biometric security is already ingrained into most of our lives.
Sthaler worked with music festival industry to develop a cashless, card-free payment system that was available to everyone. The company developed Fingopay, using VeinID technology, in partnership with Hitachi. Blue Star Capital PLC (LON:BLU) is an investing company with a focus on new technologies. Blue Star’s investments include a 0.9% holding in Sthaler.