The News reported on Saturday that a newer version of the biometric verification system (BVS) has been implemented to issue SIM cards and control the sales of SIMs that have been provided illegally.
In order to implement the new Multi Finger Biometric Verification System (MFBVS), which the telecom companies will use, a contract was signed at the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) headquarters between the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and cellular mobile operators (CMOs).
The BVS devices that are offered through channels have been altered to meet the requirements of the new system through NADRA and CMOS. The new system requires impressions of multiple fingers for authentication and applicant antecedents when issuing a new or duplicate SIM.
The new approach will stop fake fingerprints from being used for illegal activities because the system now decides which fingers to use for verification instead of the seller representative, who previously had that authority.
The Additional Director-General of the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), representatives from CMOs, PTA Chairman Major General (Retd) Amir Azeem Bajwa, NADRA Chairman Muhammad Tariq Malik, PTA Member (Compliance & Enforcement) Dr. Khawar Siddique Khokhar, and others were present at the signing ceremony.
The NADRA chairman believes that MBFVS has great potential to stop fraudsters and con artists.
He claims that the new system is an intelligent solution that uses a custom-built intelligent algorithm and offers finger selection rather than predetermined finger placements.
In addition to getting rid of silicon-based fingerprints used to issue mobile phone SIMs, the improved method will stop attempts to purchase illegal SIMs.
He continued, “The new strategy will combat fake SIM issuing and ID fraud, protect privacy, and strengthen Pakistan’s national security.”