Hatch, the Manchester-based food and drink destination, is trialing a new way for its customers to pay and prove their age. The system is now in place at the Oxford Road Manchester venue, on Thursday – Saturdays, 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 add 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 simplier and easier for all parties.”


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