Al Rajhi Bank deploys biometric ATMs
21st March 2006
Saudi Arabia's Al Rajhi Bank has struck a deal with Diebold, a self-service and security systems provider, for the provision of its self-service biometric automated teller machines (ATMs). Diebold's biometric Opteva ATMs will be deployed at social security offices throughout Saudi Arabia, where 400,000 retirees will use the unique geometry of the index finger in conjunction with a magnetic stripe card to access monthly retirement payments. The biometric technology replaces the use of personal identification numbers (PINs) with authentication of identity. Diebold Professional Services will manage the implementation of 82 biometric terminals, providing overall development of the biometric software solution, and will create a customized user interface in the local language. Suliman Al Obaid, general manager of IT at Al Rajhi Bank, said: "Diebold's biometric ATMs will allow us to expand our business by distributing government-mandated pension payments on a monthly basis. Our biometric program may be expanded to include the enrolment of other customers in rural areas who are unfamiliar with the use of PINs."