A company that has developed an innovative security device for chip and pin is in talks with the British Oil Security Syndicate about a potential deal.

Secure Access Solutions has designed a special 'cradle' which stops "shoulder surfing" - criminals reading a customer's PIN as they enter it.

The device was originally aimed at partially-sighted shoppers.

It was created by University of Warwick Enterprise Fellow Neil Radford, who received £25,000 from Worcestershire and Birmingham's Central Technology Belt's Technology Transfer Fund to develop the product.

It includes a magnifying lens, which enlarges the keypad display for the customer but distorts it for those standing further away.

The cradles are made in Coventry, with SAS enlisting design experts Smallfry and manufacturer Powergrade.

Alan Folwell, the Central Technology Belt's chief executive, said: "The feedback on the PED Cradle has been very positive and by all accounts the public has welcomed it.

"The British Oil Security Syndicate has offered its support and we also understand that there is a potential deal on the cards with a petrol company.

"All of this is exciting news for both Secure Access Systems and the Central Technology Belt."