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TSB to Introduce Iris Recognition for Mobile Banking App

Chloe Henderson


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TSB is set to introduce iris recognition to its mobile banking app, making it the first bank in Europe to provide the technology.

From September 2017, Customers with a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ smartphone will be able to unlock their TSB mobile banking app using the Samsung Pass iris recognition feature. TSB’s customers can access their banking using either the fingerprint or the iris scanner, removing the need to remember lengthy IDs or passwords.

Iris scanning is the most secure form of biometric authentication available today, with 266 unique characteristics compared with 40 for fingerprints.  It is also the most user-friendly – one look and the mobile app is ready to use.

Carlos Abarca, TSB’s Chief Information Officer, says: “Iris recognition allows you to unlock your TSB mobile app with a simple glance, meaning all of those IDs, passwords and memorable information become a thing of the past.

“As well as a more customer-friendly approach to identification, iris recognition is also the most secure method of authentication available today.  We want our mobile app customers to continue to have a fast, easy-to-use experience; iris recognition delivers that and, when combined with our other security measures, an unparalleled level of cyber security.”

The move by TSB comes just months after it launched its new mobile banking app, which was built on its new Proteo4UK IT banking platform.  Proteo4UK will not only liberate TSB from its current legacy systems but also allow the bank to become more agile.  

Carlos continues: “Our new banking platform, Proteo4UK, allows us to accelerate TSB’s ability to make banking better for all UK consumers and I can’t wait to continue to surprise and delight our customers with new technology like this.  Introducing Samsung’s iris technology to our mobile app is one example of what we can now deliver.”

Chloe Henderson

Staff Writer - DIGIT

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