Oney Bank and Wirecard roll out biometric payment system in Romania

Wirecard is working with Oney Bank to implement the Well.com mobile application in Romania, which allows biometrically authenticated payments via fingerprint. Oney is the banking and financial arm of Auchan Retail Romania. According to the announcement, consumers will be able to pay with the app in Auchan stores throughout Romania and a future expansion is planned to offer it as a payment method in other countries and at other merchants.

Well.com allows users to pay with their fingerprint or QR code. Wirecard integrates the wallet in the mobile app, enables card registration and activation via 3D Secure and also processes the fingerprint and QR transactions.

“Wirecard … are very excited to be part of the cutting-edge Well.com solution, alongside Oney and Auchan Retail Romania, in order to offer merchants and consumers a new and secure way to enjoy the shopping experience, positioning Romania alongside the most innovative global markets,” commented Wirecard Managing Director Romania Utku Ogrendil.

“Payment methods are continuously improving and we would like Romanian customers to experience the latest technologies,” added Jean-Michel Goncalves, Director General, Oney Romania. “One step in doing so is Well.com, an innovative solution that leverages the expertise of Wirecard in the area of digital payments.”

The mobile app is currently available for both Android and iOS, along with any Mastercard or Visa debit or credit card issued in Romania.

Goode Intelligence recently forecast that 2.6 billion people will use biometrics for payments by 2023.

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