Samsung set to include biometrics on smartwatch
24 September 2014 15:30 GMT

Samsung plans to release a smartwatch with biometric features, according to South Korean media

Samsung Electronics will include a biometrics authentication sensor on a smartwatch to be released in 2015, reports South Korean media.

A simple payments-enabled smartwatch using the technology will be revealed at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015, a high-ranking Samsung official told Business Korea on 18 September.

“We are currently developing a smartwatch equipped with fingerprint identification technology and relevant solutions through cooperation with PayPal, the world’s most renowned financial transaction service company, as well as Synaptics, a global company specialized in biometric verification,” he said.

The staff member added that the third generation smart watch to be released early next year will have this new system in which payment is authorized immediately when users identify themselves through “biometric sensors such as a fingerprint”.

In February, PayPal and Samsung announced a collaboration that enables Samsung Galaxy S5 users to login and shop with the swipe of a finger.

Launched in April, the system allows customers to login with their fingerprint and shop at the millions of merchants that accept PayPal on mobile web sites, mobile apps and in stores.

Regarding the smartwatch, Richard Bergman, CEO of Synaptics, told Business Korea that: “Since last year, we [Synaptics] have been focusing on developing ‘swipe type’ technology through which user verification is done upon swiping the fingerprint on a screen, together with Samsung Electronics and PayPay.”

Bergman said that starting from the second half of this year, Synaptics will concentrate more on developing the area type payment systems which can work within a limited range - such as with wearable devices.

“Wearable devices with fingerprint verification and relevant solutions will be released early next year,” said Bergman.