Swiss government proposes plans for common digital ID for administrative processes

Swiss government proposes plans for common digital ID for administrative processes

Switzerland’s Justice Minister, Karin Keller-Sutter, has stressed the government’s plans to introduce a common digital ID which would streamline numerous administrative processes and communication with authorities and businesses.

The proposed e-ID, yet to be discussed by political parties, organisations and institutions ahead of a parliament decision, remains free and optional with citizens able to opt for other compatible ID cards.

The decentralised digital ID, which would grant citizens control over their data, is expected to be made available at the earliest by 2025.

The planned digital ID could also be effective in verifying voters’ ages, names, and where they live, although there are no current plans outlined by the Justice Ministry to incorporate the digital ID with e-voting, the collection of e-signatures, or other government services.

Biometrics startup provides personalised customer flight information

Biometrics startup provides personalised customer flight information

The deployment of biometric facial technology in airports around the world works by a process of on-boarding data from the traveller in advance to journeys or on-arrival at airports to ensure safe, seamless international travel.

However, a solution developed by U.S. based biometrics and optical design startup, Misapplied Science, is paving the way for this technology to have another use to benefit travellers.

Misapplied Science’s high-tech pixel screens combined with biometric technology provide the customer with real-time information on flights and travel information, after already passing through biometric screening at airports.

Since being founded by an experienced team with backgrounds at Microsoft and Walt Disney, the company profile has grown rapidly and now operators from its headquarters in Pasadena, California.

The technology works by emitting different coloured pixels in all directions to provide travellers with personalised travel information in front of one screen.

The company’s CEO, Albert Ng expanded, saying: “Multiple people can be looking at the same pixel at the same time, and yet perceive a completely different color. That’s each individual pixel. Then, we can create displays by having arrays of these multi-view pixels, and we can control the colors of light that each pixel sends. After coordinating all those light rays together, we can form images at different locations.”

Biometric “Parallel Reality” boards have now been rolled out by Delta Air Lines at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Mastercard’s new study reveals lack of respect towards non-binary customers in financial services

Mastercard’s new study reveals lack of respect towards non-binary customers in financial services

All customers have the right to expect trust and respect over the use and handling of their personal data, however as a new study by Mastercard has revealed, non-binary individuals face discrimination in their financial experiences.

The damning results of the study show that while the finance and banking sector continues to enhance systems of on-boarding to collect new consumers, there is less consideration towards how personal data is safeguarded and treated. Only 68% of the transgender community have the correct ID featuring the name and gender they identity as and 19% of non-binary individuals have experienced prejudice when making payments in shops, presenting their ID or having to navigate intrusive questions.

The ‘True Name’ Initiative started by Mastercard in the U.S. in 2019 has in pleasant contrast to other financial services, acted upon calls from the LGBTQ+ community to allow these customers to change and use their true identifiers on cards without legally having to change their name and gender.

The recent research is backed up by previous findings in January of this year which concluded that nearly 50% of transgender or non-binary people feel anxiety, embarrassment and frustration when using their formal ID that doesn’t reflect their gender marker.

The True Name campaign allows customers to easily transition to being their true gender or identity when making payments and running errands in everyday life, as well as to avoid the expensive, time-consuming process of legally changing their gender.

Jennifer Douglas, Head of North American Retail and Small Business Payments at BMO says: “Helping customers make real financial progress is important, and that starts with providing safe and accessible banking to our customers by removing  barriers to inclusion”.

More U.S. banks have followed suit including Citibank, Marqeta, and The Republic Bank to support simplified on-boarding of these individuals, using the name and gender they identity as.

During this Pride month, Mastercard also launched The Belle Block program, an industry group to encourage women and non-binary individuals to use Web 3.0 technology and cryptocurrency.

 

EU policymakers decide AML checks for crypto wallets

EU policymakers decide AML checks for crypto wallets

EU policymakers and the Council of the European Union gathered for talks this week, announcing new anti-laundering regulation for crypto transfers, requiring digital wallet providers to verify customer identities.

The decision follows the European Parliament vote in March calling for measures and more transparent information to stop digital assets from being used in illicit transactions for drugs, child pornography and terrorism.

Cryptocurrency is a digital currency exchanged in verified transactions by a decentralised system using cryptography, rather than by a centralised authority.

Ernest Urtasun, Spanish Green Party lawmaker, said about the changes: “The new rules will enable law enforcement officials to be able to link certain transfers to criminal activities and identify the real person behind those transactions’.

In a statement, the European Parliament said: “Crypto-assets service providers (CASPs) will be obliged to provide this information to competent authorities if an investigation is conducted into money laundering and terrorist financing.”

Private unhosted crypto wallets however will not be subject to AML checks in a departure away from initial proposals. Payments to unhosted wallets over 1,000 euros will still have to be reported in line with regulation in traditional banking. 

Some critics have opposed the changes to make crypto transfers more traceable, arguing that this hampers innovation in the sector.

Paul Grewal, Chief Legal Officer at Coinbase said, denouncing the decision, “If adopted, this revision would unleash an entire surveillance regime on exchanges like Coinbase, stifle innovation, and undermine the self-hosted wallets that individuals use to securely protect their digital assets.” He subsequently urged others to take a stand and make their voices heard prior to the vote.  

The Transfer of Funds Regulation (TFR) agreement is now expected to be formally approved by the Parliament and the EU Council, with France handing over its presidency of the EU Council to the Czech Republic which could confirm the deal.

Review urges ban of live facial biometrics used in public places

Review urges ban of live facial biometrics used in public places

A two-year review commissioned into police and public use of live facial recognition technology has concluded that new legislation must be introduced in line with protecting basic human, privacy, and equality rights.

While biometric technology has advanced enough to help law enforcement identify offenders, its disposal to allow authorities to conduct ID checks on the public is considered to be “invasive”  while often “inaccurate”.

The independent investigation was commissioned by The Ada Lovelace Institute and its findings published on Wednesday to advise the immediate ban of biometrics until new regulation is introduced.

Those who attended Identity Week Europe this week in London from the banking and travel industry made particularly impactful statements on the importance of trusted on-boarding and safeguarding personal consumer data underlying the use of biometric technology.

The review acknowledges that police use of biometric technology invades the right to discretion over personal data and identity.

Carly Kind, of the Ada Lovelace Institute commented: “The current use of live facial recognition is not lawful, and until the legal framework is updated, it will not be. There is an overriding public imperative to make changes”.

Matthew Ryder QC who led the report findings said: “Simply because the use of biometric data does not result in unique identification does not remove the rights-intrusive capacity of biometric systems, and the legal framework needs to provide appropriate safeguards in this area”.

He urged for a legally-binding code of conduct to govern use of biometrics against members of the public, although the government recently indicated the upcoming Data Reform Bill will reconfirm and assess the rules on police use of biometric data.

Diletta and Landqart Enter Cooperation Agreement

Diletta and Landqart Enter Cooperation Agreement

Diletta Maschinentechnik GmbH and Landqart AG have announced that they have entered into a Cooperation Agreement to jointly explore and develop business opportunities in the area of passports and other security documents.

This agreement comes about as a result of the natural synergies that have been identified between Diletta’s document personalisation systems and Landqart’s composite substrate for passports and related documents, Durasafe TRAVEL.

The combination of state of the art personalisation techniques, security features, and resilient substrate offered by the two firms represent formidable opportunity for upgrading machine readable passports to cutting edge specifications, without the need to make wholesale changes to the way passport books are manufactured and personalised.

For more than five decades with over 40,000 installations in more than 150 countries, Diletta has been engaged in producing identity products and security systems for governments and other national institutions.

Diletta offers complete systems for centralised and decentralised personalisation of high security travel documents which support safety criteria, contactless chip technology and machine readable features. Diletta systems are designed, engineered, and made in Germany, using state-of-the-art technology, and incorporate wide range of security features.

Landqart AG, based in the heart of the Swiss Alps, is a world-leading, highly innovative manufacturer of substrates for banknotes, passports, and other security documents that are supplied to some 50 countries around the world. Landqart is the inventor of Durasafe®, the world’s most advanced substrate for secure documents. A composite of paper and polymer, two outer layers of security paper are fused together with a central core of transparent polymer, bringing greater security and durability to the documents that are printed on it.

To find out more about Durasafe TRAVEL, click here.

A Roundup of Inspiring Keynotes on Day 1 at Identity Week Europe 2022

The first day of Identity Week Europe 2022 is nearly over but not without a roundup of fantastic highlights, from unmissable keynote presentations to the palpable buzz which filled the exhibition.

ID solution providers and enablers from a true cross-section of identity domains including physical and digital ID and biometrics gathered at London’s ExCeL, with the focus of further digitalisation on streamlining manual identification and counterbalancing common risks to identity security.

The range of use cases for digital and biometric ID solutions is vast and ever expanding in sectors such as travel, banking, Government, and law enforcement, co-existing for the foreseeable future with tested and trusted physical ID credentials.

Announcing speakers to the keynote stage, Identity Week CEO, Mark Lockie, gave an energised speech to open the conference and build excitement of solutions which will be demonstrated across the next two days.

The first presentation, delivered by Luca Pronzati, Chief Business Innovation Officer at MSc Cruises, launched into the new biometric technology the company plans to integrate into  2023 and 2024 to provide terminals-as-a-service for the customer’s travel journey.

Q: Have you started the implementation of the solution yet?

“We’re embracing the experience of 360° management”, he said. “We want to anticipate as much as possible for the launch at the beginning of 2023 or 2024” he continued.

Hannah Rutter, Deputy Director of Digital Identity at DCMS, also delivered an insightful keynote presentation on the department’s future and current policies to guide private sector innovation in identity security, to ensure trust is instilled in the consumer and businesses.

Finally, we heard from Diane Sabatino, Deputy Chief Executive Commissioner at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection who gave an insightful update on the matching facial biometric technology being integrated at US ports of entry.

In 2018, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection started actioning a touchless biometric experience for travellers which is vital to efficiencies in streamlining traveller experiences and allowing safe and secure travel to stay ahead of adversaries.

Don’t miss the second day jam-packed with more amazing speakers and unparalleled networking opportunities!

 

Europe Gold Sponsor Innovatrics Expands Remote Identity Verification Offering

Europe Gold Sponsor Innovatrics Expands Remote Identity Verification Offering

Identity Week Europe makes a comeback next week and will be the launchpad for Gold Sponsor, Innovatrics’ new identify verification offering, a comprehensive suite for remote identity verification and digital on-boarding.

The new DOT Trust Platform is installed with a complete set of tools and services for digital on-boarding clients, customers and citizens and is supplemented with biometric duplicate checks, allowing organisations to double check real identities using a decentralised method and reduce identity fraud by up to 90%.

During the onboarding process, DOT Trust Platform verifies the identity and motion of a user and checks their “uniqueness”. Using the two-phase process, the platform can recognise if the user is already enrolled on the database or added to a watchlist and alerts the customers to potential ID fraud.

Daniel Ferak, DOT Business Unit Director said many years of experience and expertise in large-scale biometric projects had contributed to the platform’s build and capability to give customers feedback and actionable recommendations for making the onboarding process secure, and at the same time, smooth and convenient for end users.

He commented: “The search for biometric duplicates has reduced the occurrence of ID fraud by over 90 percent compared to traditional customer acquisition in our test markets.”

The DOT Trust Platform combines Innovatrics’ industry-leading facial biometric technology with a powerful identity management system adapted from large-scale ABIS (Automated Biometric Identification System) for comprehensive remote identity verification, empowering organisations to:

  • Reduce onboarding costs by up to 90%
  • Lower onboarding time from hours to minutes
  • Increase fraud detection by up to 90%
  • Remove friction and increase conversion
  • Deliver a seamless onboarding experience
  • Ready to comply with legal requirements and regulations

A Gold Sponsor supporting Identity Week Europe next week, Innovatrics is a provider of multi-modal biometric solutions used in more than 70 countries, with its own algorithms ranking consistently among the fastest and most accurate in fingerprint and face recognition.

Innovatrics will showcase the DOT Trust Platform at the world’s largest and most important identity event, Identity Week Europe, taking place on 28 and 29 June at London’s ExCeL. Visit Innovatrics at booth no. 700: https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/identity-week/sponsors-and-exhibitors.stm

 

ICAO stipulates a new global health passport needed to allow seamless travel

ICAO stipulates a new global health passport needed to allow seamless travel

Since digital COVID-19 passports emerged, they have been the breakthrough between multiple sectors to restart international travel and reinstate confidence in travellers to continue their normal routines while being vaccinated.

The latest development in their widespread use has been decided by The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in the last week, who confirmed plans for a common, global health passport would be underway. The move would unite and streamline different apps and COVID passports currently managed by different countries.

Proposals will be accepted in Montreal, Canada this September at a key summit.

The entire world was witness to vaccine passports following the pandemic outbreak, and moreover, healthcare, travel and the identity industries have effectively worked together on the NHS app, to monitor virus cases and who is infected.

With more vaccine passports travelling through airports to kickstart international travel again, the ICAO wants to digitalise a single vaccine and test system between all countries.

At the recent UNWTO Global Summit in the Maldives, Director General of the Airports Council for International Asia Pacific (ACI) region referenced the positive headway, saying “While some countries appear to be reluctant towards a common health passport, there is general agreement among many others.”

One aspect of the talks will focus on how biometric technology, which has become multi-faceted with facial, voice and fingerprint recognition, should enhance a single passport to ensure legitimate access to medical data and efficiency in checks.

There have been concerns over how secure Japan’s biometric system is and whether data is safe and uncompromised using the technology.

Nevertheless, one COVID-19 passport supported by different stakeholders promises to provide clarity for all global citizens on the vaccines and test results accepted and incentivise efficient travel again.

It comes after the ICAO previously introduced a Health Master List to provide unanimous understanding of different passport style documents needed to travel like vaccine and test certificates.

Baronci said in a recent interview with The Golf Times: “A majority of countries in our region have abolished pandemic-related travel curbs which will further stimulate the recovery of industry. Testing, quarantine and limitations on foreign arrivals and limitations on tourism, discourage travel and hinder the economic recovery. Therefore, it is crucial that border restrictions are eased to enable seamless movement of people.”

All digital ID and biometric solutions for Healthcare, Travel and Government will be demonstrated at Identity Week Europe. Apply to attend here: https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/identity-week/Tickets.stm

 

Mastercard’s Digital First program expands secure payment options, in partnership with Thales

Mastercard’s Digital First program expands secure payment options, in partnership with Thales

With cashless being faster and an increasingly more convenient way to pay, the risks of financial crime are ever more looming over customers’ heads when making digital payments.

Mastercard have announced their recently launched ‘Digital First’ programme will give customers more digital payment options with security features that enhance safe and secure transactions.

Research by Mastercard shows customers are adopting a default mindset towards digital finance management, with statistics saying 71% of people in Australia, 77% in India, 73% in China, and 62% in Japan believe contactless payment is the future way to pay.

The programme aims to strengthen digital payment capabilities across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EEMEA) and help customers opt for their preferred payment method with options expanding, including contactless payment, cryptocurrency, biometrics, contactless, QR code or digital wallets.

Moreover, the scheme and its partners’ solutions assure customers with the ease of making seamless payments, issuance of digital cards, and real-time card management.

Further research shows that e-commerce activities were on the rise by 73% in the Middle East Africa at the start of the pandemic.

The Digital First initiative is boosted by partnerships with Mastercard’s network and end-to end solution partners including Thales, Network International and Verestro.

In a statement, Sandeep Malhotra, Executive Vice President of Products & Innovation, Asia Pacific, said: “Mastercard has been leading the drive into inclusive digital commerce for many years by delivering frictionless and secure payment experiences for the billions of people shopping and managing their finances at their fingertips around the clock and around the world.”

He continued: “Combined with the strengths of Mastercard’s partners, the Digital First programme offers the convenience of fast, transparent payments and maximises consumer choice with everything from digital cards in e-wallets, to QR on Card, to the Pay by Account solution that lets people make payments from a bank account using their financial service provider’s app”.

Thales support Digital First and are Platinum Sponsors of Identity Week Europe, returning to the ExCeL, in London next Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 June. Join the vast community of digital ID, biometric and security document suppliers exhibiting, plus BIG names in Banking, Travel and Government. Secure you place now: https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/identity-week/Tickets.stm

Consumer use of digital payment has skyrocketed since the pandemic began and Thales is a digital platform provider at the forefront of ensuring digital commerce grows intertwined with offering multi-factor seamless authentication solutions. https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/identity-week/sponsors-and-exhibitors.stm

TOTM and Presight Team Up to Scale Biometric and AI Solutions

TOTM and Presight Team Up to Scale Biometric and AI Solutions

Rebranding from Yinda Infocomm in 2021, TOTM technologies changed its direction to rolling out biometric, decentralised technology, attuned with the future of digital identity.

The Group has applied biometric solutions to public and private projects across Europe, America, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Africa and, now, teaming up with Presight.ai, plan to scale up development and deployment of their combined proprietary technologies to drive digital adoption across these territories and capture a global market.

TOTM technologies maintains one of the largest biometrics National ID databases internationally, enrolling over 200 million citizens.

Presight is the leading AI and predictive intelligence company specialising in Big Data, Analytics and Machine learning.

The global market for Automatic Identification and Data Capture is valued at USD 100 billion, providing decentralised solutions which allow individuals more freedom and control over the digital identification process, through fingerprint, facial and voice recognition technology. In sectors where security and safety of information is a must, such as banking, travel, governmental schemes and healthcare, AI and biometrics has streamlined the process of authenticating populations.

With Europe and the West already ahead with the rollout of biometrics, TOTM and Presight will ensure the high-performance technology and AI capabilities benefit customers and citizens in developing countries where a priority in the banking sector is to allow citizens to open bank accounts.

Announcing the partnership, Thomas Pramotedham, CEO of Presight said: “We are excited to partner with TOTM to develop, integrate and deploy biometric AI solutions within the public safety, healthcare and fintech in the region.”

“Together, this partnership is uniquely positioned to further drive our clients and the region in their digital transformation journeys and elevate the digital ecosystem to deliver long-term and sustainable value with our combined technologies. A robust and dynamic digital identity platform is an essential cornerstone to develop a stronger and more inclusive, safer and resilient digital society. TOTM has a deep appreciation for our value proposition and adds strong execution experience and robust technology platforms for identity management and biometrics. We look forward to our future partnership,” Thomas Pramotedham adds.

“We are excited to be partnering with Presight.AI to jointly develop new business opportunities in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa. We look upon these markets as a multi-faceted and complex sandbox, offering unique opportunities for both companies to identify and curate suitable digital ID, biometric AI and Big Data Analytics solutions especially in the areas of public safety, healthcare and fintech. We look forward to combining our expertise and unique strengths to delivering these high performance, biometric AI solutions to our clients,” said Mr. Pierre Prunier, CEO & Executive Director of TOTM Technologies.

TOTM Technologies are a Platinum Sponsor at Identity Week Asia on 6 and 7 September 2022 at the Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore. Find out more here: https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/identity-week-asia/Exhibitor-Directory.stm

Hundreds of new ID solutions to be showcased at Identity Week Europe 2022

Hundreds of new ID solutions to be showcased at Identity Week Europe 2022

There’s only one week to go until Identity Week Europe, a significant identity industry catalyst, kicks off at the ExCeL, in London, where hundreds of new trusted digital ID, biometric and security document solutions will be showcased to the industry.

The most fast-changing sectors in identity including travel, banking, government, and law enforcement will come together with solution providers on 28 and 29 June, seeking secure and seamless solutions to authenticate, identify and verify real humans.

Across multiple markets the need to protect our personal data and digital identities has demanded more trusted systems to eliminate fake internet bots and block financial crime.

Identity Week Europe 2022 promises to showcase a range of new global technologies spanning physical, digital, and mobile domains, as the industry maintains a balance between physical credentials for authentication and digitalising methods of identification.

Live demonstrations, product launches, keynote speeches, show-floor seminars, fireside chats, and fun networking events will give you the chance to understand what is shaping the future of the industry.

Hear global trend insights from companies such as Muhlbauer, MSC Cruises, Home Office UK, Open Identity Exchange, NatWest Group, iProov, DCMS, World Privacy Forum and many more.

From large companies to new solution providers exhibiting in our Start-up Village – we’ve got it all!

Apply to register for a free pass if you qualify as a member of the public sector. Alternatively, secure your place at Identity Week Europe, returning 28 and 29 June, here: https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/identity-week/Tickets.stm