ISLAMABAD: An improved model of the system for biometric authentication was developed to stop the selling of counterfeit SIM cards.
The Multi-Finger Biometric Verification System (MBVS) is a system employed by telecom firms to verify the identities of their customers before issuing a new SIM. An agreement was made by Nadra and the telecom operators at the PTA headquarters on Friday.
This was due to fraudsters who successfully evaded the old biometric system used to identify users before issuing SIM cards.
The biometric verification devices used by sales departments of all the network providers including Jazz, Ufone, Telenor, and Zong -are now upgraded to meet the new system’s needs.
Officials believe that the change will mean it will be difficult to obtain a new SIM card with fake fingerprints.
The new system will require fingerprints of several fingers to verify identity in contrast to just a thumb impression in the previous system before issuing a new SIM card or even a second SIM card.
The system will require impressions from two fingers randomly, an attempt to limit human oversight of the system.