NADRA launches Contactless Biometric Verification Service

Banks will make use of digital app on smart phones capturing, 
verifying biometrics of potential account holders from homes

ISLAMABAD   -  Capitalising on technical advancements, and as per the request of SBP, NADRA has launched latest Contactless Biometric Verification Services for the Banking and Payments Industry, making Pakistan one of the first countries in the world to implement this technology at national level. 

The service was launched during the visit of Dr. Reza Baqir, Governor State Bank, to NADRA Headquarters, Islamabad here on Thursday. According to the details, the banks in the country will make use of the digital app on smart phones capturing and verifying biometrics of the potential account holders from their homes. With the introduction of this digital technology, the banking system will take paradigm shift adding remote biometric capturing technology to digital banking system. 

The service is initially extended to five banks nominated by SBP for pilot. Other banks and fully SBP licensed EMIs, after completion of necessary formalities will also be included in the pilot run. Once the pilot is completed, this service shall be extended to all banks/EMIs.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Reza Baqir, Governor State Bank, said, “This new mobile-based verification service for banks and Electronic Money Institutions is in line with SBP’s financial inclusion initiative while creating opportunity for rapid on-boarding using remote identification and e-KYC features.” He said, “Early adoption of this new technology has endless potential to reach towards under-serviced population while it extends a great benefit to financial sector as it will reduce the operational costs, helping in releasing pressure on banks which have been negatively impacted during this pandemic.”   

On the occasion, Tariq Malik, Chairman NADRA, said that they were addressing the need of the hour during this on-going pandemic. “This new technology makes contactless fingerprint acquisition and matching possible using a smart mobile phone, providing an alternative to conventional methods of conducting digital financial transactions that may require specialised equipment or visits to bank branches/franchises,” he said. 

He said NADRA is proud to maintain its reputation for introducing technological trends in country. It is another step towards our aim of creating a robust National ID Eco System in Pakistan, he added. 

Banks have started development work to utilise this new service launched by NADRA last week. NADRA will also be providing this service to the Electronic Money Institutions (EMIs) as well as branchless banking providers.

Capitalising on NADRA’s innovative product, the banks and EMIs are likely to start offering new digital banking services to its customers whereby bank customers will be able to open bank accounts and wallets and conduct biometric-based financial transactions using their mobile phone cameras from the ease of their homes. 

“This will not only revolutionise how banking and payment services are offered in the country but will also compliment the financial inclusion drive,” said Chairman NADRA. 

NADRA introduced a similar mobile verification service for Online ID Services (Pak ID) earlier that was launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan on September 1 2021.

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