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A side order of biometric & contactless payments at Albron, courtesy of Equens

Albron, a large catering firm in the Netherlands, is to start rolling out biometric and contactless payments in its restaurants in co-operation with Equens.

The caterer signed a contract with the Dutch headquartered payment processor for its Snel en Simpel Betalen (Quick and Easy Payments) offering, which will be introduced in as many Albron-run restaurants across the Netherlands as possible throughout this year.

Customers can choose to pay using their fingerprint (biometric), which is particularly appropriate in the large number of staff canteens that Albron runs, or diners can pay in a contactless manner, using a debit card and reader terminal equipped with near field communication (NFC) technology.

According to Hans Jacobs, general manager of operations at Albron: "With Snel en Simpel Betalen, Albron is acquiring the ultimate ease of payment for its guests. The possibility to pay biometrically means that customers no longer need to bring anything with them to pay at the cash register. What's more, it's super-quick, which enables us to serve our guests more quickly."

By Neil Ainger