Gulf Bank adds facial recognition to mobile banking app

May 29, 2016 - 

Middle Eastern financial institution Gulf Bank has introduced facial recognition to its mobile banking app allowing customers access to their personal accounts by blinking their eyes at their smartphone camera (‘Blinking to Bank’) in combination with fingerprint recognition through Touch ID.

According to a report in Albawaba, César González-Bueno, Gulf Bank CEO said: “When designing our new mobile banking app and updating our online banking site, we used global best practices and the latest technology to ensure they are more flexible, include a wider range of banking services, and are easier to use. With our ‘Blinking to Bank’ mobile app and online banking, customers can bank anytime, from anywhere in the world, and perform any number of transactions safely and securely, never being more than three clicks away from what they want to do. Customers with an existing ATM card can immediately start using online banking, or download and begin using the new mobile banking app. These new digital offerings underline our commitment to delivering transformative products and services to our customers.”

The Gulf Bank app uses a combination of both fingerprint ID and facial recognition for its biometric login. However, using the biometric registration is not necessary, and customers can still use a traditional password registration to use Gulf Bank’s mobile banking app.

The bilingual Arabic and English app is available for through the Apple App store and the Android Play store.

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