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Quixter launches biometric palm vein payment system


Quixter is a new Swedish startup that has deployed its new palm vein biometric payment system at Lund University.

According to a report in TechCrunch, the new startup is the brainchild of Frederik Leiland, an engineering student at Lund University.

In order to use the system, businesses need to have the Quixter hardware in place, and users need to have previously linked their bank accounts to the system. As is typical with palm vein scanning, verification is based on the unique vein patterns and blood flow in users’ hands. Users also need to enter the last four digits of their phone number before scanning their palm.

According to a YouTube video from Lund University showcasing the new startup, the addition of the phone number entry step is to ensure that users have a chance to look at the scanner and its supplementary display to make sure they see the amount they are being charged.

“At the moment, we are active in about 15 places around campus and we have about 1600 users using it,” Leiland said in the YouTube video.

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