SmartMetric has introduced a new dual purpose biometric payments card that can be activated by scanning fingerprint of users.

The new product incorporates an EMV contact chip and a radio frequency NFC contactless electronics.

The contact and contactless functions can be turned on after in-the-card fingerprint scan of users, which takes less than 0.25 seconds. The card is activated after users’ fingerprints match with their fingerprint already stored inside the card.

SmartMetric president and CEO Chaya Hendrick said: "Using a person’s own fingerprint biometrics with the SmartMetric inside the card fingerprint reader to validate the card user gives an incredible increase in protection for both the consumer and the card issuing financial institution.

"What we have done is closed off the gap in card security where up until now a person’s card information can be easily stolen from reading the card’s wireless chip."