STAFF REPORT ISB: Some of the most ambitious biometric regulations in the world are taking place in Pakistan, where the government has determined the best way to deal with high-stakes national issues like fraud and terrorism is through the use of identification authentication technology.
In Pakistan all new SIM cards must be registered to an individual whose identity is confirmed with a database of citizens managed by the NADRA. The regulation has been put into practice gradually since 2014, but now nears completion due largely to biometric products provided by Islamabad-based Kwick High Tech and Solutions.
Kwick is the largest provider of identity authentication products under the SIM registration program, providing several different devices, but its mobile S4Q device is the best-seller.
This resilient, NFC-enabled capacitive and optical scanning system can be used as POS system over 3G or 4G.Kwick CEO Waseem Rafi told the media that the companys own encryption algorithm and eight-step security protocol featuring multiple encryption methods keep all private data secure en route to NADRA. With the telecommunications biometrics regulation project entering a stage of full national adoption, Pakistan is beginning to require biometric verification in another large industry with intentions to employ biometric verification – banking.
“There is a cut-throat competition on going, between in-branch and branchless banking verification systems, in the market,” Rafi said.