Manchester bar is first to accept finger vein payments

By Stuart Stone contact

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Slipping a digit: from autumn, customers at XYZ Social will be able to pay for drinks with a swipe of their finger
Slipping a digit: from autumn, customers at XYZ Social will be able to pay for drinks with a swipe of their finger
From autumn, ordering another round will be as simple as lifting a finger for customers at XYZ Social in Manchester after the bar unveiled a partnership with biometrics payment provider Fingopay.

All Work & Social, the operating company behind the recently launched XYZ Social in Spinningfields, has revealed that the bars members and visitors will be able to pay for food and drink with just a swipe of their finger.

Claimed to be the first bar in the UK to use Fingopay’s veinID technology, XYZ Social’s customers will be able to link their finger vein signatures with their credit and debit cards to take advantage of what’s being hailed by some as the fastest and safest payment method on the market.

Finger vein technology studies the tissue under the skin, which is unique to every person. 

The partnership’s launch follows successful pilots at Festival Number 6 in north Wales; Proud bar, Camden, and Brunel University – both in London; and Copenhagen Business School over the past two years.

A growing digital city

XYZ Social has decided to give PINs, passwords, transaction limits the finger alongside cash, cards and smartphones to support Manchester’s digitisation according to All Work & Social’s managing director Anthony Powell.

“We are thrilled to partner with Fingopay on this project, which can only further support Manchester’s growth as a digital city, and international hub for the tech, digital and creative industries,” he explained.

“With Fingopay, we are enhancing everyday life for XYZ Work and XYZ Social members and guests by giving them a convenient and secure new way to pay, with cashless and convenient biometric payments and transactions.”

Fingopay CMO Simon Binns added: “All Work & Social have seen the far-reaching potential of biometric-based identity for access and payment, and we are delighted to have confirmed a launch partner who has been so instrumental in the regeneration of Manchester.

“Fingopay will be open for everyone to use at the new XYZ Social this autumn. Those who sign up will be able to pay and ID themselves with a simple scan of their finger.”

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