For example, Amazon introduced “Amazon One” in 2020, which employs palm recognition for payment purposes. Although it has been implemented in select stores like Whole Foods, some US lawmakers remain skeptical about its security and privacy implications.
Biometric palm payment compared to facial recognition offers certain advantages.
Palm images are less likely to be publicly available, as people generally do not share pictures of their palms on social media platforms. Moreover, unlike credit cards, individuals cannot easily change their palm characteristics if their information is compromised.
However, security concerns remain, as hand gestures can be captured on video without the user’s knowledge.
WeChat’s foray into biometric palm payment is set to further intensify the competition in the Chinese payment service landscape.
With over 900 million users, WePay has already surpassed AliPay as the most popular payment service in China. The addition of contactless payment based on palm recognition adds a new dimension to this rivalry, promising an even more intriguing and dynamic future.