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South African Bank Becomes Biometric ATM Pioneer

South African Bank Becomes Biometric ATM Pioneer

One of South Africa’s biggest banks has developed a biometric ATM that will allow users to open an account using a fingerprint scan. In announcing the development, First National Bank said it had been trialing the ATM in the province of Gauteng since November of last year, and that it will deploy 50 more units…

South Africa’s First National Bank Launches Its Own Apple Pay Rival

South Africa’s First National Bank Launches Its Own Apple Pay Rival

“…the new version of the app will also support fingerprint scanning for login on both Android and iOS.” South Africa’s First National Bank is delving into mobile payments with a new version of its app. Taking its cue from the most prominent mPayment platforms, like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, the bank has dubbed this new…

Visa, Mastercard, PASA Announce Biometric Authentication Standard

Visa, Mastercard, PASA Announce Biometric Authentication Standard

Visa, Mastercard, and the Payments Association of South Africa (PASA) have officially launched a biometric authentication standard. The standard will help to ensure that cardholders have access to the same biometric services across South Africa’s financial sector. BusinessTech reports that PASA first approached Visa and Mastercard about establishing a standard in March of last year.…

Biometric Screening System Now Running Smoothly: South African Minister

Biometric Screening System Now Running Smoothly: South African Minister

South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister has been seeking to reassure travelers that problems caused by the implementation of biometric screening at the OR Tambo International Airport have now been resolved. The problems were, more specifically, delays: The Department of Home Affairs and airport authorities had the biometric passenger screening system installed last week, delaying flights and…

Sudden Transition to Biometric Screening Causes Delays at South African Airport

Sudden Transition to Biometric Screening Causes Delays at South African Airport

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has implemented biometric security screening for non-citizen visitors to the country at the OR Tambo International Airport. The deployment caused significant delays, with DHA and airline authorities telling media that both authorities and travelers’ efforts to transition to the system led to slower processing. Speaking to Traveller24, a spokesperson…

Biometric Authentication Coming To South African Housing Project

Biometric Authentication Coming To South African Housing Project

The South African government is working on a major housing project and is looking to sophisticated technology to help ensure that it unfolds as planned. To that end, the Department of Human Settlements has announced it will use biometric authentication for home ownership. It’s for the N2 Gateway Project, a massive housing project that the…

South Africa Moves Quickly With Biometric Border Trials

South Africa Moves Quickly With Biometric Border Trials

South Africa’s efforts to introduce biometric screening at ports of entry are well underway, according to a new statement from Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. First announced in November, the project seems to have been initiated quickly. The government introduced its Movement Control System (eMCS) Biometric Pilot project at Lanseria International Airport that same month,…

Anviz Opens South African Division

Anviz Opens South African Division

Anviz has opened two new offices in South Africa. The Anviz SA (Pty) Ltd. bases mark the company’s first entry into the continent. The new offices are located in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with the umbrella organization of Anviz SA being led by Garth Du Preez, who the company called “a seasoned security professional in…

South Africa to Implement Biometric Screening at Airports

South Africa to Implement Biometric Screening at Airports

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs is preparing to implement changes to its visa regulations which will include the introduction of biometric scanning at certain border posts, the government has announced. Its current aim is to have the new systems in place by the end of January. The biometric scanning would be introduced in pilot…

National ID Month: 4 Biometric Countries

National ID Month: 4 Biometric Countries

National eID card programs are set to encompass half the world population in three years time, according to a report by Acuity Market Intelligence, and biometrics play a key role in said initiatives. September is National ID Month at FindBiometrics, in which we have been taking an in depth look at this proliferating global market…

Nuance and OneVault Deliver Voice Biometrics to South African Bank

Nuance and OneVault Deliver Voice Biometrics to South African Bank

Another financial institution has embraced voice recognition technology for customer authentication. Nuance Communications has announced that its technology has been adopted by Investec, a major South African private financial services company. The technology was adapted in partnership with OneVault, a voice biometrics company based in South Africa. That company has previous experiencing securing banking institutions…