Pakistan has been a victim of terrorism since long and one of the gaps to fight terrorism was the inability to connect a suspicious voice intercept with the identity of the caller. The Government of Pakistan finally decided that all mobile SIM’s should be identified/linked with the mobile owner. Fortunately for Pakistan its National Identity Management database managed by NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority) had started capturing the fingerprints of all Identity Card Holders (CNIC) since as early as 2003. By 2013 nearly the entire population over the age of18 years had been registered with their biometrics. The government decided to pass a regulation that all SIM owners must be verified through their fingerprints in phases to complete not only new SIM sales but total verification of all SIM’s being used in the country by April 2015. This was a daunting task for all the five mobile operators in the country as it did not only necessitated a major technology change but was associated with a substantial cost having very tight time lines to have the 100 million plus mobile subscribers verified to retain their customer base.
Secure Touch Biometric Verification Device with built-in fingerprint scanner designed and developed exclusively by Secure Tech Consultancy (Pvt) Ltd.
Secure Touch Lite
Secure Touch Lite is a versatile handheld solution designed and developed exclusively by Secure Tech Consultancy (Pvt) Ltd.
Biometric Enrollment System
Linux based Biometric Enrollment System with full fledged ICAO standard photograph and 4-4-2 slap scanner with backend AFIS and Facial Recognition.
In order to tackle the immediate requirement of verification, all five mobile operators got together under the platform of Pakistan Number Portability database (PMD), and floated an RFP for biometric verification terminals. SecureTech Consultancy won this contract to supply 15000 biometric verification units; this was possible due to the fact that SecureTech had carried out its R&D on designing a terminal that suited to all the requirements of the mobile companies.
Majority of these terminals are now in their second year of operation vide extended warranty arrangements.
Following major challenges were encountered: -
SecureTech Consultancy developed an end to end biometric verification system for both PMD and Mobilink. SecureTech is also managing the backend middleware for Mobilink. The middleware is scalable to handle present and future requirements of the customer and is flexible to add on new applications through OTA on all its devices deployed throughout Pakistan.
The Biometric Verification device has a desktop as well as a handheld version and both come as a standalone indigenous device built on Android OS. It comes packed with state-of-the-art touch screen for display, high performance based fingerprint scanner for enrolling biometrics. It comprises of all the requisite hardware required for fingerprint verification, integrated with high functionality customized android based software application according to industry specific requirements. The simple and easy to use interface makes it very practical for operators with minimal training including use on a self-service basis.
As global security remains top of mind for the Pakistani Government, SecureTech Consultancy is proud to come up with this Biometric Verification Technology which supports the government in their strive to meet threats effectively by ensuring overall safety of all citizens.We have already successfully completed Biometric Verification Projects including delivery of Biometric Devices from inception culminating into fully operational systems with on ground success. This success was possible due to help, guidance and support we got from Mobilink, Uphone and PMD.