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Russia has launched a single biometric system · 2018-07-03 11:25

Since June 30, 2018, a unified biometric system has been operating in Russia, which is one of the key elements of the remote identification mechanism that allows citizens to receive financial services remotely.

Identification of the user in a Single biometric system is based on two parameters – voice and face, the simultaneous use of which allows to identify a living person, and not the simulation of his biometric data in a digital channel. Today, face and voice are the most common and widely used biometric parameters.

To register in a Single biometric system, a citizen needs to come to the Bank only once. The Bank’s employee will help him to register in the Unified system of identification and authentication – ESIA), which is now used to access the portal of public Services, if the user was not previously registered in it. Then the Bank’s employee will “remove” the user’s biometric data-face image and voice recording and upload them to a Single biometric system. After registration in the Unified biometric system, a citizen will be able to remotely receive the services of any Bank working with the system. It is enough for the client to enter the login / password from ESIA and say the short control phrase generated by the system, looking at the camera of the smartphone or computer. To pass the remote identification, the user only needs access to the Internet, smartphone, tablet or computer with a web camera, no additional equipment is required.

The accuracy of biometric identification in the system is provided by the algorithms of the leading Russian software developers in the field of biometrics, whose solutions take prize places on the results of independent international tests. The largest Russian banks participated in the creation of the system.

In the future, the unified biometric system will become a national platform for convenient and safe access to public and commercial services. As data are accumulated in a Single biometric system, more and more opportunities for its application in different areas will appear. The most promising sectors are: financial sector, notary, public and municipal services, health, education, retail, e-commerce. A single biometric system will enhance access to digital services for those living in hard-to-reach areas and people with limited mobility, reduce their cost and improve the quality of such services. The use of a Single biometric system is a way to change the relationship between the state, organizations and citizens.


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