According to reports HSBC is launching voice and touch recognition security services in the UK. This will be available for up to 15 million HSBC banking customers.
There has been a wave of innovation in the financial sector in recent years as banks realise to the possibilities of digital technologies such as mobile, wearables, analytics and telepresence. And with lenders under pressure to meet fast-changing demands from customers, it is likely to pace of change will continue.
Here are some of the technologies being trialled that could soon be found at a bank near you...
Biometrics systems could spell the end for the password, and, for payments, the end of the PIN code. Mastercard, for example, is prepping the launch of a new contactless card with an embedded fingerprint sensor, creating a more secure transaction method.
After recent cyber attacks, HSBC is stepping up its security procedures with voice and touch recognition security services in the UK. According to reports, this will alleviate the need for passwords and memorable questions for up to 15 million banking customers.
Spain's innovative CaixaBank has created the first mobile banking app that can be accessed while driving, using voice control functionality. Using Ford's SYNC with AppLink system, drivers can check their account balance and transfer funds, as well as locating nearby branches and ATMs.
Interest in wearable devices is growing in all sectors, and banking is no different. Although many are awaiting the launch of the Apple Watch to see how demand picks up, some have already developed apps to let customers manage accounts with a tap of their wrist.
There are many types of authentication for banks and payment firms to consider though, and Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba believes that payments could be made with a smile.
Its facial recognition system - dubbed 'Smile to Pay' - was unveiled by founder Jack Ma at German tech conference CeBit earlier this year, and may be available as part of its Alipay platform in future.
Should Google ever succeed in convincing the masses to adorn their faces with its smart glasses, banks are ready to jump on the trend. In fact, Spain's Caixa Bank has already developed a Google Glass app.
It works by superimposing directions to the nearest branch onto the Glass screen, providing information such distance and phone number of the nearest branch, all of which is accessed through the voice recognition system.
In a more extreme example of branch service automation, customers at certain branches of Japan's Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ are set to be greeted by 58 centimetre-tall robots.
Named NAO, the humanoid robot, created by French robotics company Aldebaran Robotics, can answer basic customer service questions in 19 languages, as well as analysing customers' facial expressions and behaviour.
It may be the stuff of near-future sci-fi film Minority report, but Australian Bank Westpac last year announced the release of an augmented reality app for mobile devices. The 3D imaging software provides visualisations of balances and transaction history, as well as overlaying details over nearby Westpac branches.
iBeacon and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology offers banks the ability to personalise services for customers in branches. Barclays is one of the first to trial this, using the indoor position system improve accessibility for customers with disabilities - using an app notify staff of requirements upon arrival - and there is plenty of potential for further use.
Video banking is only just gaining ground among the likes of Barclays, but Wells Fargo's aims are even more ambitious. The US bank has been testing the use of Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at its Digital Labs in San Francisco, offering customers the ability to 'virtually' enter a branch and speak to a teller face to face.
Bitcoin may be seen as more of a threat to centralised banking systems than an opportunity, but, despite its notorious volatility and problems with major exchanges, the concept has remained.
In 2014, German 'Web 2.0' lender Fidor announced plans to launch the first specialised bank for cryptocurrencies along with currency exchange Kraken, offering a potential glimpse of more mainstream usage.
Big data analytics means that banks are able to rely on artificial intelligence more than ever before. In 2014, Swiss banking giant UBS entered into a commercial agreement with software vendor Sqreem, which crunches huge volumes of information about a client's behaviour to offer them detailed, personalised information