British bank TSB to offer mobile iris logins to customers
20 July 2017 11:25 GMT

TSB plans to become the first European bank to offer mobile iris recognition logins to customers.

TSB customers will soon be able to use a Samsung smartphone to access their bank accounts, simply by looking at the device’s iris scanner. They can also access their account via the existing fingerprint feature.

the TSB iris scanning feature is the first time that this particular biometric option will be offered for European banking customers. And it only applies to TSB customers using a Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ smartphone.

According to the bank, from September customers with a Samsung S8 will be able to unlock their TSB mobile banking app using the Samsung Pass iris scanner.

It says that iris scanning is the most secure form of biometric authentication available today, with 266 unique characteristics compared with 40 for fingerprints. TSB also touts it as the the most user-friendly biometric option, as one look and the mobile app is ready to use.

“Iris recognition allows you to unlock your TSB mobile app with a simple glance, meaning all of those IDs, passwords and memorable information become a thing of the past,” said Carlos Abarca, TSB’s Chief Information Officer.

“As well as a more customer-friendly approach to identification, iris recognition is also the most secure method of authentication available today,” he added. “We want our mobile app customers to continue to have a fast, easy-to-use experience; iris recognition delivers that and, when combined with our other security measures, an unparalleled level of cyber security.”