Commercial Bank of Qatar is the first bank in the country and the Middle East to introduce a biometric solution that enables cardless transactions at ATMs.
The bank announced obtained Qatar Central Bank's approval to introduce new finger vein pattern recognition technology at its ATMs, which will allow customers to withdraw cash without a bank card or PIN number. The technology maps the internal vein system within a finger, and will only accept a living finger unlike fingerprint scanning. The technology is secure and eliminates fraud because the pattern of blood vessels in fingers is unique to each individual and finger vein patterns cannot be reproduced or forged. The technology will be extended to corporate and VIP customers to access their Internet banking accounts using a finger vein scanner. Registration to use the finger vein scanning technology is free of charge.