Fingerprints have become the new form of identification where sending and receiving money is concerned.
This as mobile network operator Digicel announced this week that its customers were now among Pacific island people who could expect to receive money through what is probably the fastest way yet at the lowest fees.
The biometric enabled payment systems was installed in stores in New Zealand for customers to send money to Fiji and four other countries of the Pacific.
To send money through the biometric enabled payments system, customers need only register once and record their fingerprint as permanent identification within the Digicel system, the company said in a statement.
"From that point on, existing customers simply scan their fingerprint at the VeriFone terminal to retrieve their details and make a new transaction â€" even if they are registered in another store," the company said.
Every time someone in New Zealand wants to send money to someone in Fiji, a photo identification is warranted, Digicel Pacific regional commercial director Darren McLean said in the statement.
According to Digicel sponsorship, public relations and community manager Joji Fatiaki, Digicel was the first to launch this form of ID system for electronic money transfers to mobile phones.
"Locals receive this via Digicel Mobile Money accounts on their mobile phones. They then take their verification and reference codes to any authorised Digicel Mobile Money agent to cash out," Mr Fatiaki said.