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Project Hertha: identifying financial crime patterns while preserving user privacy within a real-time payment system

12 February 2024

Protecting payment systems from financial crime, while upholding user privacy, is an important challenge in delivering the future of payments. BIS Innovation Hub’s Project Hertha will explore how network analytics could help identify financial crime patterns, whilst utilising a minimum set of data points. The project is a collaboration between the Hub’s London Centre and the Bank of England.

To achieve this, the project will map current and emerging financial crime typologies in real-time payment systems, drawing upon lessons from instant payment systems and digital asset networks. It will also build a synthetic dataset to test how the typologies could be identified accurately while reducing false positives.

The project takes its name from the pioneering British scientist, prolific inventor, and suffragette Hertha Ayrton. In 1904, she became the first woman to read a paper before the Royal Society. Two years later, her work on the electric arc and sand ripples won the Hughes Medal for outstanding contributions to physical sciences.

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