Mountain America Credit Union Becomes the First Financial Institution in USA to Trial Biometric Payment Cards

By | January 31, 2018

Mountain America Credit Union has recently announced to have partnered with VISA for the first North American trial of EMV Biometric Payment Cards.

The trial, which is expected to begin late February, will be conducted among 130 key Mountain America and VISA US employees and will last for about 45 days.

Mountain America will use dual interface EMV Biometric Payment Cards supplied by the Korean company Kona I. Cards will embed an area sensor from Fingerprint Cards while Precise Biometrics will supply its Precise BioMatch Embedded.

Mock-up of the Mountain America biometric payment card.

Enrollment will be performed within the credit union’s branches, and each user will enroll with his/her fingerprints using a stand-alone fingerprint scanner connected to a PC. After the acquisition, the fingerprint image will be transferred to the card for the minutiae extraction using a desktop card reader. 

Mountain America, has more than $7 billion in assets and over 700,000 members. With HQ in Utah, the credit union also operates in Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico through 89 active branches.

“Mountain America strives to continually provide the most secure and innovative products to our members. This technology provides an added level of security and convenience that is unmatched by other products in market,” says Kelly Albiston, SVP of digital banking at Mountain America. “The EMV biometric card pilot with Visa gives us the opportunity to continue leading in emerging technology and we are honored that Visa selected us as the exclusive credit union for this pilot.”

Embedded Security News congratulates Mountain America for its contribution to the development of the Biometric Smart Cards industry and hopes to soon see the product live and available to its customers!