Alipay and Huawei roll out biometric security for mobile payments
02 September 2014 10:41 GMT

Fingerprint-enabled phone to secure Chinese e-commerce transactions

Alipay, a powerhouse in the Chinese online-payments market, has announced it is working with Huawei to enable the smartphone manufacturer to use its newest fingerprint-enabled phone for mobile e-payments.

The company said that biometric security technology built into Huawei’s soon-to-be-launched smartphone – the Mate 7 –  will be integrated with the Alipay Wallet app, which is China’s top mobile-payment solution with over 100 million users.

Users of a the new smartphone will be able to make mobile e-payments without passwords using the app, Alipay said in a press release.

The biometric technology will allow mobile users to confirm payments for a wide variety of goods and services with their smartphones simply by swiping a digit instead of entering a lengthy code.

Biometric technology is increasingly being seen as a more secure and convenient of method of identity authentication. Alipay’s tie-up with Huawei, the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor by shipment volume, gives the e-payments company a way to fast-track biometric payment technology in China. As a precaution against hackers, Huawei is providing chip-level security for the Mate 7, meaning fingerprint data can be saved and stored on the phone, but the data is encrypted and cannot be accessed.