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CR2 and IrisGuard enable iris recognition at Cairo Amman Bank's ATMs

CR2, a global provider of multichannel banking software solutions, IrisGuard INC a leading international provider of iris recognition systems and Cairo Amman Bank one of the largest banks in Jordan, have today announced that the bank has gone live with biometric authentication at the ATM. Cairo Amman Bank's iris scan ATM authentication mechanism is powered by IrisGuard's software suite which has been integrated to the bank's CR2, BankWorld driven ATM management solution.

Cairo Amman Bank is committed to ensuring the security and convenience of customers. The bank has a network of 124 Automatic Teller Machines extending throughout Jordan and Palestine which are driven by CR2's leading ATM management solution, BankWorld. Iris recognition at Cairo Amman Bank enables the bank to register a customer by scanning their iris with IrisGuard's specially designed iris camera. The iris recognition technology guarantees that each person is uniquely identified. When the customer goes to the ATM, as well as traditional card and PIN access, there is an option for the customer to conduct cardless iris identification. The system captures their iris and retrieves, almost instantly, the customer's identity from the central iris database. The client is then able to withdraw cash, or perform any other BankWorld enabled ATM transaction, with the security of iris recognition and without the inconvenience of having cards or remembering PINs.

Mr Omar Yacoub, Chief Information Officer, Cairo Amman Bank said; "Cairo Amman Bank is the first bank in Jordan to announce the availability of iris recognition authentication at its ATMs. We adopted IrisGuard's technology because of the solutions unique ability to recognise large numbers of people through their irises only, enhancing customer security and eliminating the need for our clients to constantly carry their ATM card. The project which was rolled out in a rapid time frame of less than one week could not have been achieved without the continued support and dedication of our channel partner CR2."

CR2's BankWorld ATM solution has been seamlessly integrated to IrisGuard's iBank Suite at Cairo Amman Bank to enable biometric authentication at the ATM. Iris recognition is the most accurate and the fastest of all biometric measures available to human beings. The technology is particularly beneficial at the ATM where card issuance and PINs is ineffective or cost prohibitive.

Mr Joe O'Carroll Vice President, IrisGuard comments; "We commend Cairo Amman Bank for its technology choice and we thank CR2 for its professionalism in the integration of our iris technology at the bank. IrisGuard iBank Suite is the state-of-the-art iris recognition solution which authenticates seamlessly and securely Cairo Amman Bank's customers."

Further commenting on the project Mr Martin Dolan, CEO, CR2 comments; "CR2 are pleased to have assisted in the launch of IrisGuard's iris recognition technology at Cairo Amman Bank. BankWorld's integration to IrisGuard and the availability of cardless transactions at the bank which can now be authorised by iris recognition further demonstrates the flexibility of our ATM management solution and our commitment to helping customers reach the unbanked market segment while providing additional convenience to all segments."