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Launch of new MBFVS (Biometric SIM card Verification System)

An improved version of the biometric verification system has been created to prevent selling phony SIM cards.

Before giving customers, a new SIM card telecom companies will use the Multi-Finger Biometric Verification System (MBVS) to verify their identities. At PTA headquarters on Friday a contract was signed between NADRA and the telecom operators.

The prior biometric system used to identify individuals before issuing SIM cards was bypassed by crooks forcing the change.

Jazz, Ufone, Telenor, and Zong sales divisions’ outdated biometric verification devices have been upgraded to comply with the new system’s requirements.

According to officials, the new approach will render it impossible to obtain a new SIM card using fictitious fingerprints.

PTA Chairman Major General (Retd) Amir Azeem Bajwa NADRA Chairman Muhammad Tariq Malik, PTA Member (Compliance & Enforcement) Dr. Khawar Siddique Khokhar, the Additional Director-General of the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), and representatives from CMOs were present for the signing ceremony.

MBFVS has the enormous potential to deter fraudsters and con artists according to the NADRA chairman.

According to him, the new system is a smart solution that employs a homegrown smart algorithm and presents a finger choice rather than predetermined finger placements.

The improved method will prevent attempts to buy illegitimate SIMs in addition to eliminating silicon-based fingerprints used to issue mobile phone SIMs.

Before issuing a new or duplicate SIM card, the new system will require authenticating impressions from numerous fingers as compared to just the thumb in the old system.

To reduce human control over the system, the system will at random ask for the imprints of two different fingers.

The innovative approach he continued “will fight bogus SIM issuing and ID fraud, preserve privacy and bolster Pakistan’s national security.”

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