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HNB upgrades SOLO with robust bill payments and biometric features

HNB’s efforts to accelerate the digital transformation of Sri Lankan banking passed another key milestone with the addition of extensive new utility bill payment capabilities and biometric features for its flagship mobile payment app, HNB SOLO.

With its latest upgrade to the app, HNB now offers users the option of settling all of their essential utility bill payments – from water and electricity to telephone, mobile, and internet bills, as well as insurance premiums – quickly and conveinetly through SOLO.

“In today’s environment it was imperative to provide customers with a convenient and secure mode of payment for their daily transactions. This is a role which SOLO is perfectly designed to serve. Already we have been experiencing exponential growth in users and merchants coming on board with SOLO, or who are capable of making or accepting digital and QR-code payments.

“With the addition of our new utility bill payments feature, we are expanding choice and convenience for SOLO users and giving them an unprecedented new level of control when it comes to their finances. This is another important milestone for SOLO, and another small but vital step forward for the Sri Lankan economy,” HNB Deputy General Manager, Retail Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

Also included among the new upgrades is a biometric security system which now adds facial recognition technology and fingerprint scanning options for users, in addition to their customized four-digit pin.

The bank also offers customers who do not wish to log out of their account daily a 60-day login option. As SOLO is not restricted only to HNB customers, any individual can link their savings/current account and debit/credit cards to register and make use of the facilities available on the app.

Having already linked LANKA QR to SOLO, the bank was among other financial institutions and telecommunication partners in joining efforts to make cashless QRcode based payments the standard for mobile phones and digital payments countrywide, in moving towards a cashless and digitally-savvy Sri Lanka.

Since its launch in 2019, SOLO has witnessed a consistently growing customer base, with HNB continuously improving its features and functionality by refining its user interface, enabling customers to experience intuitive, easy-to-use, and versatile QRbased payments

With 252 customer centres across the country, HNB is one of Sri Lanka’s largest, most technologically innovative banks, having won local and global recognition for its efforts to drive forward a new paradigm in digital banking. HNB has a national rating of AA- (lka) by Fitch Ratings (Lanka) Ltd. The bank was also ranked among the World Top 1,000 Banks list compiled by the prestigious UK-based Banker Magazine for five consecutive years. HNB was also declared Best Sub-Custodian Bank in Sri Lanka at the Global Finance Awards 2020.