Singapore startup Touché launches biometric payment platform

Singapore startup Touché launches what it boasts to be the World’s first Biometric Loyalty & Payment Solution platform.

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Startup Touché CEO Sahba Saint-Claire (right) with CTO German Ruiz holding the Touche biometric payments terminal. Businesses are charged a pre-agreed monthly all-in flat-fee for the solution that includes the hardware, which processes payments through DBS Bank.

CEO Sahba shared with me the company’s roll-out plans.

Hopefully we’ll see pilot roll-outs in Singapore from February and in Japan from March.

Grignoter: This Bordeaux wine restaurant was the venue for Singapore startup Touché to launch its Biometric Loyalty & Payment Solution platform.To the left is Chef Justin in the blue shirt, opposite him is Touche CEO Sahba Saint-Claire.

Grignoter: This Bordeaux wine restaurant was the venue for Singapore startup Touché to launch its Biometric Loyalty & Payment Solution platform.To the left is Chef Justin in the blue shirt, opposite him is Touche CEO Sahba Saint-Claire.

The company now has 23 staff based in Singapore and Barcelona.

CTO German briefed me on the state of payments processing in the industry and the standards currently in place and being developed.

Sahba tells me that in just 3 months, 50 restaurants, 20 hotels and 5 private social clubs have shown interest in taking up this solution in Singapore; while discussions are being held with the potential partners, departmental stores, malls, technology firms, and retail chains etc.

To me, the biometric platform that Touche has developed serves as an identity verification & management platform that holds much potential for wide-spectrum application in this digital age.

The payments and loyalty programme management that they are launching now are but the first two applications leveraging this platform.

Good food and excellent service at Grignoter – the venue for Touche launch in Singapore. The Bordeaux-themed French wine restaurant is one of two early adopters in Singapore that has rolled out Touche.

Applications that the company could explore in the future include direct debit payments, fund transfers, management of airport check-ins – all of which require rigorous verification of private identity data.

“It took only 20 minutes to convince Chef Justin Quek to adopt the Touche solution and another 2 weeks to physically roll it out in his restaurant,” shared Touché CEO Sahba Saint-Claire.

Touche picked Japan as its main market, other than Singapore, because Japan had announced in April 2016 that it will develop fingerprint payment technology in time for use during the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Japan plans to deploy fingerprint-based systems for registering fingerprints for tourist arrivals; to analyse tourist movements and spending habits; to link up bank and credit card accounts to enable payments for purchases using fingerprint readers in restaurants and retail stores.

Touche is currently in discussions with potential strategic partners in Japan to roll out its platform in the country.

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