The future of payments: from wearables to smart speakers that order pizza
Mobile and contactless payments, digital wallets and biometrics: future topics from a few years ago have now become part of our everyday lives. But how will we pay in the future? Will cash and banking cards disappear from our lives? And how will this change our daily lives?
On occasion of the consumer electronics show IFA 2022 in Berlin, Germany, Infineon Technologies presents the most important trends for the future of payments: digital wallets and payments through connected devices in the Internet of Things, as well as biometrics. As the long standing market leader in digital security and payments, Infineon offers industry’s broadest portfolio of security chips available in innovative, easy-to-integrate and highly scalable delivery forms. With the SECORA™ Pay and SECORA™ Connect product families, Infineon expanded the reach of its core technology to application specific full system solutions based on hardware and software enabling trusted, convenient and secured payments.
“Users expect reliable and convenient payment methods that fit their everyday life,” says Ioannis Kabitoglou, head of Infineon’s Digital Security & Identity product segment. One in two bank cards use a microchip from Infineon. Looking to the future, Kabitoglou adds: “We want to make digital payments via connected devices accessible to as many people and businesses as possible worldwide. Ease of use and security go hand in hand.”
Biometrics for simple, convenient and fast payments
Today, around 82 percent of retail payments worldwide are contactless – either traditionally by bank card, via smartphone or wearable electronics such as watches and rings. They make payment faster, easier and – especially in times of pandemic – also more hygienic.
Contactless payments have already become standard today, and cards with integrated fingerprint sensors for authorisation are emerging. As early as 2024, up to 60 million such bank cards with biometric authorization including a built-in biometric sensor are expected to be in circulation (ABI Research).
Yet new biometric authentication methods enable far more possibilities. Just as the Internet has revolutionised our shopping behaviour, the Internet of Things (IoT) will bring a whole range of new connected devices that we will use for payment transactions in the future. Biometric authentication will play an important role in securing payments and making them as user-friendly as possible. Today, purchases in cars can already be approved by fingerprint. In future, facial recognition could play a more significant role. And when orders are placed via the smart speaker, the device can also identify the owner’s voice and initiate both order and payment. This allows a seamless user experience.
Digital wallets and connected devices
More than half of retail transactions were conducted online in 2021. Around 48 percent were processed by digital wallets. This opens up simple, convenient payment options for users with their device of choice. Merchants benefit from fast and secured payment processing and low transaction fees.
Not only people, connected devices will initiate and process payments in the Internet of Things (IoT) as well. By 2025, there are expected to be around 2.7 billion pay-enabled and connected smart home devices on the market (Juniper Research). Tomorrow’s refrigerator, for example, will be able to order milk or pizza, if the smart speaker hasn’t already done so by voice control – all paid for thanks to an integrated security chip.
IoT payments are also simplifying our everyday lives outside our own homes. For example, more and more charging stations are recognising the electric car and processing payments automatically (“Plug & Charge”). Moreover, market researchers expect the revenue potential of in-car payments expected to grow to USD 86 billion worldwide by 2025.
Better user experience – new security requirements
While this enables new, convenient shopping experiences, it also increases the requirements for the payment processes. Connected remote payments and the integration of networked devices require not only general device security but also the reliable safeguarding of biometric and private information of the user, the storage and provision of proof of transfer, and the fulfilment of specific legal requirements for two-factor authentication. Data protection, data security and, last but not least, user-friendliness are not mutually exclusive.
Semiconductors from Infineon are at the heart of digital and connected payment solutions
Infineon offers contactless security chips with EMV® certification for bank cards, embedded security solutions for connected devices and sensor solutions for recognising biometric features. They open up new and consumer-friendly possibilities in payment transactions for banks, fintechs and card or device manufacturers.
Infineon Technologies AG is a world leader in semiconductor solutions that make life easier, safer and greener. Microelectronics from Infineon are the key to a better future. With around 50,280 employees worldwide, Infineon generated revenue of about €11.1 billion in the 2021 fiscal year (ending 30 September).
Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY). Further information is available at www.infineon.com.