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Santander Mexico rolls out Integrated Biometrics’ fingerprint scanners to register millions of customers

Santander Mexico rolls out Integrated Biometrics’ fingerprint scanners to register millions of customers

Integrated Biometrics’ Kojak fingerprint scanners have been implemented by Santander Bank in Mexico for enhanced protection against identity theft and fraud, the company announced.

The bank has released a short video to explain how the technology improves the enrollment process in less than seven minutes. By adding biometric technology to its services, the bank provides customers with enhanced transaction security for both mobile and in-person services.

“Santander Mexico has begun to register customers’ biometric data to make their transactions more secure, will invest one billion pesos (more than US$44 million) in the next five years, and expects to register more than 3.7 million customers in the country during the first stage,” reads a bank statement.

The bank was reported early this year to be planning to reach that goal by enrolling the biometrics of 145,000 customers a month.

Santander Group has also introduced fingerprint recognition in Brazil, making Mexico the second country to use it. Santander Bank was established in 1932 and boasts a 145 million customer portfolio. Since 2019, its total assets summed up to US$1.7 trillion.

“What Santander Mexico has done is further proof that, when identity truly matters, fingerprint biometrics remains the world’s most effective method for securing the things we care about, whether our finances, borders, voting rights or social services,” said Integrated Biometrics Executive Vice President David Gerulski in a prepared statement. “We’re extremely proud to be a pivotal part of what Santander is doing for so many millions of Mexican citizens.”

The Kojak fingerprint scanner was recently used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to apprehend a fugitive. CBP purchased 5,000 Kojak livescan FAP 60 10-fingerprint scanners last April to upgrade its legacy technology.

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