23o June 2022

MANCHESTER VENUE JOINS AGE VERIFICATION TRIAL AND INTRODUCES NEW WAY FOR CUSTOMERS TO PAY

Trial of FinGo Age Verification technology in Manchester

Hatch, Manchester’s award-winning food, drink and retail destination, is trialling a new way for its customers to pay and prove their age with unique vein mapping technology    

The FinGo system is now in place at the Oxford Road venue, Thursday-Saturday, with the trial ending on June 30th. The unique vein mapping technology is provided by FinGo, a biometric identity authentication solutions provider. FinGo enables age-verified payments by taking a simple scan of a person’s unique finger vein pattern through an infrared device.

To use FinGo, Hatch customers simply sign up to the service, verifying their chosen ID document and adding their payment card details through the FinGo app. They then link their finger on a FinGo device, securely connecting it to their registered details. Customers can then scan their finger at the till to make fast and convenient age-verified payments at Hatch.

This FinGo trial at Hatch is part of the Home Office Regulatory Sandbox which is providing an opportunity for industry and retail to test innovative approaches to age verification, such as digital ID and other products with age assurance attributes.

Prior to this trial, FinGo has been deployed for use in other venues across the city including The Alchemist, making Manchester the first city in the world to introduce the technology for this purpose.  

Simon Binns, Chief Commercial Officer at FinGo commented “It’s a significant step to have brought our new generation product, which combines digital identity with payments, to Hatch, right in the heart of Manchester’s Innovation District as part of the Home Office trial. Requesting and being asked for ID can be frustrating for both staff and customers, and it is our hope that our technology will make age verification simpler and easier for all parties.”

Andrea George, Director, Bruntwood, added “We’re excited to trial this new technology at Hatch as we’re always looking for ways to improve our customers’ experience at the venue. Giving people a simple, but innovative way to pay and prove their age, through biometric technology, does just that.”