Bank customers in Saudi Arabia may instantly issue cards for themselves by fingerprint

19 January 2017

Al Rajhi BankAl Rajhi Bank, Saudi Arabia-based, world’s largest Islamic bank in terms of its capital according to the data as of 2015, is launching a biometric system allowing customers to have debit cards instantly issued by fingerprint authentication. According to the reports the bank has introduced 100 units of German company Diebold Nixdorf with the help of its local distribution partner Alhamrani Universal Company.

In order to get a new debit card bank customers touch with their finger on the screen of the dedicated reader to identify themselves, after which they decide on how their name should be displayed on the card and press the button to issue the card. The terminals with the integrated biometric readers based on self-servicing principle also allow printing of cheque books, statements, pre-account opening as well as money transfers both inland and across the globe.

According to the spokesperson for Al Rajhi Bank, the bank finds it pleasant to be the first bank in the region to offer this functionality providing secure customized access to the card issue in just a few seconds.

Last year Wincor Nixdorf was acquired by American company Diebold, which acquisition resulted in formation of Diebold Nixdorf. According to the available data Diebold Nixdorf controls approximately 35% of the ATM market worldwide.


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