Aratek’s SIM card registration solution adds a crucial layer of security in the fight against terror.
Despite its necessity, mobile phones remain to be the easiest and deadliest way for terrorists to detonate explosives remotely. To curb this deadly use of mobile telephony, a number of countries in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia have started requiring their citizens to register their KYC details like valid ID, photo and biometric data before activation of mobile phone SIM cards. The challenge is to create a SIM card registration and authentication system that is fast, secure, and seamless. The system should provide for a smooth and painless experience for legitimate customers while creating a strong deterrent to anyone engaging in crime or terrorism activities.
In 2015, Aratek was tasked to implement a biometric verification system (BVS) for SIM card issuance in Pakistan. The project, which was carried out for ZONG, a Pakistan-based subsidiary of China Mobile and one of the biggest telecommunications companies in Pakistan, gave the carrier a faster, more streamlined and more reliable system of implementing the KYC process before issuing a SIM card, even as it safeguards the security of customer information.