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QNB adds iris recognition to its ATMs


In an effort to increase customers’ financial security and convenience, Qatar National Bank (QNB) has begun using Iris ID’s iris recognition solution, Iris Access, to authenticate customers using the bank’s ATMs.

Iris Access is used by governments and corporations worldwide for access control, security, national ID and border crossing programs.

QNB customers who want to use the iris recognition solution need to register at a QNB branch office. The two-minute process involves taking a digital photo of the iris, which is converted into a small template stored in a secure database. At the ATM, customers will need only a second to look into a built-in reader and have their iris pattern confirmed.

Charles Koo, president and chief executive officer of Iris ID, said iris recognition adds another layer of security that cannot be copied, stolen or otherwise obtained. “Each person’s iris patterns are unique and unchanging, making iris recognition the most accurate, and rapid, means of biometric identity authentication. This non-contact and sanitary solution is ideal to enhance security throughout the financial industry.”

QNB is Qatar’s largest bank and a leading financial institution in the Middle East and North Africa regions. The bank has 615 branches, subsidiaries and associates in 27 countries on three continents.

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