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Biometric Technology Case Studies of Vertical Markets
Biometric Technology Case Studies of Vertical Markets

140 million fingerprint database for Nigerian mobile phone tracking project

Summary: Tens of millions biometric fingerprints registered to prevent sim card fraud

M2SYS works closely with its clients, enabling them to capitalize on the benefits of using biometrics for security and accelerating their return on investment (ROI). These case studies of multi-modal biometrics security deployments for various verticals show how biometric security software solutions can protect the welfare of citizens, stop corruption and fraud, and create efficiency.

Working directly with the five major telecommunications companies and The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), M2SYS is set to collect more than 140 million fingerprint templates for 35 million civilian mobile phone SIM card users. With registration now set up through 11,500 M2SYS fingerprint readers spread throughout the country, the purpose of the deployment is to assemble a database of known mobile phone SIM card users to prevent fraud and corruption of the system.  Each civilian who purchases a SIM card is required to register with the NCC through the major telecom providers to avoid having a third party obtain the card in order to commit a crime. The operators have collected an excess of 20 million fingerprints as of last month.


The unregulated use of mobile phones in Nigeria has been known to aid in robberies, kidnappings, internet banking fraud, and terrorism throughout the country. The NCC was looking to adopt an identification technology that required civilians to register for SIM Card purchases creating an accurate user database and tracking SIM card usage to prevent fraud and stop criminals from selling pre-activated SIM cards.

Solution & Benefits

Since Nigeria is turning into a largely cashless society, registered SIM cards will become the most credible and verifiable pool for secure transactions so it becomes important for the NCC to establish an accurate and comprehensive civilian user database. The adoption of M2SYS biometric identification has helped telecommunications companies and the NCC create a centralized database that includes over 140 million SIM card user fingerprint biometric templates to more easily trace mobile activities. Effortlessly integrated into other similar identity registers for additional economic programs and actions, the SIM card biometric user database has helped the NCC to accurately track SIM card usage and directly identify criminals who were exploiting the system through fraud and corruption. The program has helped to deter the illegal sale of SIM cards on the street and tighten security for the NCC to prevent mobile phone crimes.

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