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Are Smart Cities The Future Of Humanity?

Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven world. But what if those technologies were bound together and used to build a Smart City? What would it take to make such a complex network feasible? And what would it look like to live in a such a city? Are these just the fevered imaginings of science fiction writers or could it be a real possibility?

Let’s dig a little deeper.


Giving consumers and merchants additional advanced secure verification that further extends today’s frictionless and highly secure payment options, the addition of biometric functionality to EMV payment cards paves the way for high-value contactless payments and provides an easy-to-implement resolution to the challenge of driving financial inclusion in markets like Africa, South America and the Indian sub-continent.

In its new Biometrics in Payment paper, the Smart Payment Association (SPA) evaluates the definitive security and convenience advantages offered by sensor-on-card recognition and verification, how this approach fits well with existing EMV architectures, and provides recommendations on the key considerations for the design of underlying enrolment subsystems and enrolment programs.

You can download the SPA Biometrics in Payment Insight Paper here.

smartpaymentassociation.com