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ING, OCBC banks integrate Touch ID into mobile apps


Financial institutions ING and OCBC both recently launched Touch ID-integrated mobile banking apps to enable customers to sign into their accounts using fingerprint recognition.

Using Apple’s Touch ID technology, the fingerprint recognition capabilities are only offered on the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.

ING became the first bank in the Netherlands to integrate Apple’s Touch ID capabilities in its mobile app, according to a report by the NL Times.

The initial release of the new ING app allows customers to log into their accounts with their personal fingerprint, while the second release will enable customers to also confirm payments through fingerprint recognition.

The company said it will further develop the fingerprint recognition based on customer feedback.

“The smartphone is becoming increasingly important for our customers to organize banking,” said Max Mouwen, director of Internet and mobile ING Netherlands. “Therefore we continue to innovate and add new features in the app, with which customer feedback plays an important role. With the introduction of the fingerprint recognition, we are responding to a major customer wish and we make it even easier for our customers to do their banking on their mobile.”

OCBC Bank has also introduced ID Touch capabilities for its mobile customers, enabling them to access their bank accounts, cards and investment details via their iPhone, according to a report by Channel News Asia.

With the new biometric capabilities, OCBC has become the first bank in Singapore to enable clients to log into their accounts via fingerprint verification.

OCBC clients can activate the service using their PIN and access code, after which, they will only need to use their fingerprints to access their account details.

For all tasks other than balance enquiries, clients will have the option of logging into mobile banking using an access code and PIN.

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