Saudi Arabia

SIMs Disconnected for Saudis Who Have Not Registered Biometrics

SIMs Disconnected for Saudis Who Have Not Registered Biometrics

Saudi Arabia’s Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has gone ahead and disconnected the mobile subscribers who haven’t registered their fingerprint biometrics. It’s the conclusion of an initiative first announced last year, with the CITC following the direction of the Ministry of Interior, which aimed to prevent fraud in SIM registration. As the Saudi Gazette…

Saudi Mobile Subscribers Must Register Biometrics

Saudi Mobile Subscribers Must Register Biometrics

Mobile network operators in Saudi Arabia must now collect the fingerprint biometrics of new subscribers. It’s the product of newly implemented legislation drafted by the country’s Communications and Information Technology Commission, and reflects a growing trend around the world. Pakistan’s government mandated biometric enrollment for mobile subscribers as a security measure after the Peshawar terror…

Saudi Arabia Uses Biometric Identification on Pilgrim Visitors

Saudi Arabia Uses Biometric Identification on Pilgrim Visitors

Saudi Arabia’s biometric border security system is now operational. All adult and adolescent individuals entering the Kingdom now must have their fingerprints scanned for identification in an ambitious project targeting points of entry over land, sea, and air. The system has been deployed for the pilgrimage season as part of a larger securitization effort. Announced…

Saudi Arabian Bank Looks to Advanced ATM Tech

Saudi Arabian Bank Looks to Advanced ATM Tech

Saudi Arabia’s Al Rajhi Bank, one of the biggest Islamic financial institutions in the world, has announced plans to deploy an extra 300 Diebold ATMs across its branches. The aim is to dramatically reduce wait times in the bank’s branches. A large majority of financial transactions in Saudi Arabia are done in cash, and that…

Strong Growth Predicted for Saudi Arabia Biometrics Market

Strong Growth Predicted for Saudi Arabia Biometrics Market

A new report calls Saudi Arabia “one of the fastest growing markets in the Middle East,” according to a synopsis. Produced by TechSci research, the “Saudi Arabia Biometric Systems Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2020” report predicts a CAGR of 22 percent over its forecast period. According to the report, the high rate of market growth…

Saudi Arabia to Bring Biometric Attendance Tracking to Schools

Saudi Arabia to Bring Biometric Attendance Tracking to Schools

Saudi Arabia is looking to install biometric attendance systems in its education system, according to an Arab News article. The country’s Ministry of Education is currently drafting its specification handbook, and will invite companies to bid on the project as soon as it’s ready. According to the article, the project will unfold in stages, starting…

Deadline for Enrolment in Saudi Arabia Biometric Registry Looms

Deadline for Enrolment in Saudi Arabia Biometric Registry Looms

The deadline for enrollment in Saudi Arabia’s biometric citizenship registry is fast approaching, with a media release stressing that all expatriates must provide their fingerprint for their iqama residence permits by January 21st, according to an article in the Business Standard. This is part of a general effort being made by the kingdom to ensure…