IrisGuard looks to the mobile future of iris payments with new appointment

IrisGuard, the pioneer of, and market leader in, iris recognition technology, has today announced the appointment of Bashar Arafeh to lead its regional operations in the Middle East and Africa (MEA).


Bashar brings to IrisGuard more than 18 years’ senior level experience in disruptive technologies and mobile telecoms across four continents, most notably Group COO East Africa and Group CCO for Zain Mobile and VP West Canada for Wind Mobile.  Bashar will lead IrisGuard’s operations in MEA as it seeks to capitalise on its innovative payment and financial inclusion technologies.  Founded in 2001, IrisGuard has changed the face of biometric payments with its patented EyePay® platform that accurately verifies the user and allows instant access to cash or goods.


Speaking about his appointment, Bashar said: “IrisGuard is already a leading player in iris recognition payment solutions and providing the ability for people to gain financial assistance outside the traditional banking framework.  The opportunity to join the team and combine the use of iris recognition and mobile phones as a payment method is truly exciting.”


Imad Malhas, Founder and Managing Director of IrisGuard, commented: “This is a pivotal phase in IrisGuard’s history, and we are delighted to have Bashar on board to lead us through the development of our mobile platform, and manage our operations in the Middle East and Africa.  Mobile audiences are growing all across the world, so now is the right time for us to deliver our secure EyePay® platform in the blink of an eye.


”EyePay® is already blockchain tested and available, so the limits of how people can make payments in the future are infinite using IrisGuard’s technology.  Iris recognition is the most secure, accurate, fastest and fault-free method of human identification, and IrisGuard continues to lead the future of Iris recognition payments.”




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About IrisGuard

Established in 2001, IrisGuard is the pioneer of, and market leader in, iris recognition technology, the most secure and fault-free of all biometric analysis systems.  IrisGuard deliver this through its patented EyeBank®, EyeCloud®, EyePay® and EyeCash® solutions, providing instant ATM withdrawals, remittances and food voucher replacements.  These solutions and technologies are used in a variety of payment applications, across the banking, humanitarian relief and homeland security sectors.  IrisGuard technologies are also deployed in border security, national ID and prison control applications around the world.

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