India’s Federal Bank is turning to IDEMIA for contactless access control. The financial institution will be leveraging IDEMIA’s SmartBio SDK to enable biometric authentication for its employees.
Under the new system, Federal Bank employees will use face and iris recognition to verify their identities when they clock in at work, and when they need to gain access to the organization’s Core Banking System. The Federal Bank specifically wanted to avoid touch-based modalities like fingerprint recognition, which carry a higher risk of transmission during a pandemic.
Employees will register for the new system using an iris scanning device that can be plugged into a standard laptop. The biometric templates will be stored on a Federal Bank database.
“Federal Bank is constantly on the lookout for innovative solutions and new technologies that will drive improvements for our employees and customers,” said Federal Bank Executive Director Shalini Warrier. “The introduction of face authentication techniques is one more step in this direction. We are excited to partner with IDEMIA to implement this new access control system and are confident their expertise will make this a great success.”
“Our partnership will address a key operational challenge of the pandemic by reducing contact points. Implementation of this access control system reaffirms IDEMIA’s leadership in contactless biometrics for secure, convenient and hygienic access control in India,” added Pankaj Kundra, IDEMIA’s Head of Digital Business for India, the Middle East, and Africa.
The Federal Bank adopted the Mastercard Identity Check platform at the tail end of 2019. IDEMIA, meanwhile, recently joined the Smart Physical Access Control alliance, and has partnered with Honeywell to deliver comprehensive access and identity management solutions for the next generation of smart buildings. IDEMIA’s SmartBio SDK also includes liveness detection technology that has passed Level 1 and Level 2 of iBeta’s Presentation Attack Detection test.
February 12, 2021 – by Eric Weiss