Celebrus Offers Identity Solutions at Identity Week America

Celebrus Offers Identity Solutions at Identity Week America

D4t4 Solutions CEO and industry veteran Bill Bruno will take the stage at Identity Week America in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2022.  Bill will discuss how existing fraud technologies are limited in what information they can reveal, leaving organisations to just manage fraud instead of preventing it.  

“Fraud is becoming increasingly more sophisticated by the day – and your technology needs to evolve to keep up. It must be truly real-time and the data should be as comprehensive and complete as possible,” said Bill Bruno, CEO of D4t4 Solutions. “Ultimately, your technology must solve for digital identity in a meaningful way, or your evidence will not matter.” 

In addition to the big stage, Bill will lead a roundtable discussion on creating robust identity graphs with comprehensive behavioural biometrics.  Vice President of Marketing Tiffany Staples will be on the expo floor discussing how to build robust identity graphs with limited authenticated data. 

By visiting Celebrus at the conference you can learn how Celebrus Customer Data Platform (CDP) and Celebrus Fraud Data Platform (FDP) leverage advanced data capture and contextualisation capabilities to solve identity challenges relating to customer experience and fraud. Recent innovations from Celebrus to enhance its identity offerings will take center stage. Recent identity-related innovations from Celebrus such as Celebrus Cross-Domain Continuance, and mouse paths will take center stage.   

Research your meeting on October 4th & 5th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, booth #209. 

Privacy, Security, and Choice Drive Canadians’ Desire for Digital ID

Privacy, Security, and Choice Drive Canadians’ Desire for Digital ID

Canadians need to feel safe and in control when they engage in the digital economy. Core to that safety are privacy, security and choice in how they share personal information online. According to the third annual national survey undertaken by the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC), a staggering 91 per cent of Canadian respondents are calling for control over their personal data collected by provincial and federal governments.

Additionally, 86 per cent of respondents want control over personal data collected by private organisations, and 80 per cent want a secure and unified digital ID ecosystem.

“A trusted pan-Canadian digital identity framework is essential to digital economic prosperity,” said DIACC president Joni Brennan. “While there is some progress on recognising the importance of digital ID, Canada is still at a stage where more work must be done on the policy side to ensure a truly digital economy.”

Unlocking an inclusive digital economy is an opportunity for the government to rebuild much-needed trust among Canadians, enhance privacy, and demonstrate that citizens’ rights are a top priority. According to the Edelman 2021 Canadian Trust Barometer, only 53 per cent of Canadians trust government organisations – a drastic decline of six points since only the previous year.

DIACC’s research reflects this lack of trust. “A trusted digital ID framework needs to be designed with people at the centre. All Canadians need to be able to choose if and how they want to use their digital ID credentials. Digital ID is not intended to replace existing physical ID methods, but as an optional supplemental tool,” Brennan said.

Establishing a trusted digital ID will allow people and organisations the choice to verify themselves online securely, while protecting personal information with no user traceability. It offers a decentralised, privacy-enhancing solution for both the private and public sectors.

The DIACC applauds the federal government for including digital identity as a priority in Treasury Board President Mona Fortier’s  mandate letter. The need to invest in digital ID was also referenced twice in the House of Commons Finance Committee’s 2021 pre-budget recommendation as critical to supporting Canada’s Digital Government Strategy in secure service delivery.

“It’s encouraging to see recognition of the critical role that digital identity plays in enabling Canada’s economy; however, we need to see a real commitment to action if we are going to reap the benefits of Digital ID and Digital Trust in meaningful economic growth,” said Dave Nikolejsin, the DIACC’s Board Chair, referring to the DIACC’s Pan-Canadian Trust Framework (PCTF).

The PCTF is a publicly available set of tools, shared principles, and guidelines to help organisations operate in a digital ecosystem. It includes processes like Notice and Consent, Authentication, Verification, Privacy, Credentials, and Infrastructures – both technologically and operationally.

Most importantly, the PCTF is citizen-centric. It is designed to keep users safe.

“This is an opportunity for industry and government leaders to come together and build a strong partnership. We have the fundamentals, we have the expertise, and we have the framework. Now, we need mutual investment across sectors to put the PCTF into action,” said Franklin Garrigues, VP External Ecosystems at TD Bank, DIACC Board Vice-Chair.

Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents are calling for governments to collaborate with the private sector to develop a pan-Canadian digital ID. On top of this, three quarters want the government to move quickly.

Privacy. Security. Choice.

DIACC is committed to developing research and tools to enable secure, robust, and scalable Canadian digital identity (digital ID) solutions and services. With digital advancements happening at a surefire rate, DIACC prioritizes privacy, security, and, most importantly, choice of use at the forefront of all digital ID initiatives.

To achieve real growth and sustainability, Canadians need transparency in governance. They need a digital ID they can own and choose to use. A digitally and economically prosperous Canada depends on it.

Shufti Pro and Team4UA partnership accelerates the authentication of volunteers in Ukraine

Shufti Pro and Team4UA partnership accelerates the authentication of volunteers in Ukraine

Leaders in ID verification are enabling the charity’s faster distribution of support among Ukrainian citizens in need

UK-based Shufti Pro, a leader in identity verification solutions, today announced its partnership with a global charitable foundation Team4UA, to provide time-efficient, leading-edge solutions to authenticate the identities of the volunteers they are taking on in Ukraine.

Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, an estimated 10 million people have been forced to flee their homes, resulting in an increase in violence and trafficking across the country. With the goals of providing care and humanitarian aid to citizens in need, Team4UA was greatly concerned about ensuring the safety of the people they help. Running ID and background checks on volunteers applying to work with the charity was key to reducing the possibility of malicious interference. Through their partnership with Shufti Pro, Team4UA was able to streamline their hiring process, which in turn is helping to accelerate the charity’s distribution of support in Ukraine.

Shufti Pro is the fastest service of its kind on the market. It is designed to provide seamless end-to-end verification in a reactive manner and is defined by its speed and ease of integration. Equally importantly, the Shufti Pro platform was available for use in Ukraine, a region where many competitors were not operating.

Jean-Cristophe Bonis, Founder and Chairman of the Board at Team4UA explained: “Given that we’re working with already endangered people, it is vital to know exactly who is volunteering with us, particularly as we need to have a large operating team on the ground. We needed a secure system that was both highly accurate and time-saving.”

Bonis continued “Shufti Pro eliminated the need for our staff to implement extensive, manual ID verification processes and instead gave us the opportunity to focus on our two main goals in Ukraine – to deliver humanitarian aid support to as many people as we can, and to expand the charity capacity so we can help even more people.”

Since launching the charity foundation at the beginning of the war, Team4UA has provided support for 400,000 Ukrainian citizens. Now that the charity has the capability to verify potential volunteers quickly and effectively, Bonis expects that this will hit 500,000 in the next 2 months.

Victor Fredung, CEO of Shufti Pro, believes that this is the perfect example of how a security system can have a transformative effect in sectors where time is of the essence. He said: “Shufti Pro’s inclusive approach gives organisations the ability to verify the IDs of anyone across the globe in a time-saving manner, leaving them with the confidence and time to focus on their core work. In this instance, Shufti Pro is supporting Team4UA by putting time back in their hands which they can use to make a difference in peoples’ lives.”

Shufti Pro is an identity verification service provider offering KYC, KYB, and AML services to help global businesses onboard legitimate customers. The UK-based company has 5 regional offices and launched 17 different IDV products since its inception in 2017. With the ability to verify 1000’s of ID documents in 150+ languages, Shufti Pro is serving customers in 230+ countries and territories.

EU biometric entry system at Port of Dover will cause major disruption, says Chief Executive

EU biometric entry system at Port of Dover will cause major disruption, says Chief Executive

Talks are being held to introduce an EU biometric entry system at the port of Dover which will follow the blueprint of air-port style biometrics systems at UK airports. Embroiled in the debate, the Port of Dover’s Chief Executive, Doug Bannister, cast doubt on the suitability of deploying an entry-exit system (EES) at one of the UK’s busiest access points to to Europe, estimating that vehicles could face a 5 hour delay if the European Union approves the proposals.

Compared to the rollout of biometric kiosks in airports, where passengers have to be processed through security queues regardless, biometric checks would cause unwelcome disruption to the UK’s ports of entry. The proposals have so far not been substantiated by technical reports looking at how biometric systems could be feasibly deployed without impacting on the smooth migration of traffic.

The scheme, which is due to begin in May 2023, will involve facial recognition screening at the border under the supervision of EU police which could have a detrimental impact on UK trade, tourism and travel.

Bannister said: “If we are forced to commit to an inadequate process it will have a rapid and significant detriment on trade”.

As the Uk’s second largest port in the UK, Dover welcomes 200,000 people each year and generates £144bn of trade in goods.

 

 

 

 

Government ID requirements for registering a new business

Government ID requirements for registering a new business

In a factsheet published on the 22 September, the UK Government set out verification requirements for people looking to register a new company. The Company House directory will include businesses of all sizes to provide assurance of the right to operate in the UK and companies will be able to research potential suppliers and partners.

Directors and senior company executives will be required to confirm their identity with an initial grace period in place for existing directors. There are two forms of identification verification: directly through the Companies House or indirectly through an Authorised Corporate Service Provider.

Facial matching technology will be used in conjunction with a physical identity document which will be compared together for likeness. Documents may also be compared to the national government database to validate the business owner’s identity. Failure to comply with the regulations to permitting or not permitting a grace period could result in legal action being pursued and a number of different outcomes including the application being rejected, civil penalties, a level 5 fine, or the individual being classed as ‘unverified’ on the database.

Unlike existing business directors, the policy framework states there will not be leniency shown to new company executives who must verify their identity prior to an application being sent to the Registrar.

The same standard of identity verification checks will be adhered to by Authorised Corporate Service Providers. Accountants, legal advisers, and company formation agents are most likely to register a company through ACSPs and must be registered with a supervisory body for anti-money laundering reasons and carry out customer due diligence checks.

Clearview AI Awarded U.S. Patent for Highly Accurate, Bias-Free Facial Recognition Algorithm

Clearview AI Awarded U.S. Patent for Highly Accurate, Bias-Free Facial Recognition Algorithm

Clearview AI, the leading facial recognition company that provides powerful and reliable photo identification technology, has been awarded another U.S. patent – its second this year – for its unique, highly accurate and bias-free facial recognition algorithm.

The “Scalable Training Data Preparation Pipeline And Efficient Distributed Trainer For Deep Neural Networks In Facial Recognition” patent issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), was awarded to Clearview AI for its ability to create highly accurate, bias-free facial recognition algorithms from publicly available information.

Most facial recognition technologies use standard celebrity datasets for training, which do not contain a representative sample of all demographics. By contrast, Clearview AI is able to create a data set that represents all demographics with its unique data preparation and distributed training algorithms.

Hoan Ton-That, Clearview AI’s CEO said, “This distinction further cements Clearview AI’s intellectual property protection and lead in the artificial intelligence and facial recognition market.” Ton-That added. “Clearview AI’s mission is to reduce bias in technology, and as a person of mixed race this is highly important to me.”

Clearview AI’s algorithm for facial recognition recently performed near flawlessly in the recent National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Facial Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT), ranking No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 worldwide in the WILD category, the most difficult category of the NIST facial recognition test, and achieved greater than 99 percent accuracy across all demographics.

“Incumbent companies sometimes wait and see with new technologies to see the viability and adoption of them in the marketplace, then copy innovations later once they have been proven to be valuable,” Ton-That added. “These patents help protect us against a potential future competitor who would like to copy our facial recognition search engine, or our method for creating a highly accurate, bias-free facial recognition algorithm from large scale public internet datasets.”

Earlier this year, Clearview AI was awarded U.S. patent 11,250,226, “Methods for Providing Information About a Person Based on Facial Recognition”, for the application of its highly accurate bias-free algorithm to search publicly available information from the open internet, creating the world’s first facial recognition search engine.

Clearview AI is a Platinum Sponsor at Identity Week America on 4-5 October in Washington D.C.

Government stakeholders at ID Week Government

Government stakeholders at ID Week Government

The Government has a pivotal role in overseeing digital transformation and the provision of digital identity within the private and public sector, rising the functionality of healthcare, securing travel and finance for end-users, citizens and enterprises. Governments from all around the world are adopting and developing new solutions and technology to streamline certain operational processes such as verification to access government services.

Meet government officials at Identity Week America who will be addressing closing the gap between physical and digital identity, the capabilities of portable and agile ID technologies and creating a common set of standards around business and government ID.

 

Banco de Antigua now verifies users with Mobbeel Digital Onboarding

Banco de Antigua now verifies users with Mobbeel Digital Onboarding

Banco de Antigua, one of the largest banks in Guatemala, is fulfilling its promise to provide easy, accessible, and innovative financial solutions to families and entrepreneurs in the country, has launched a 100% digital savings account.

What is a digital savings account?

A digital savings account is distinguished by having quick, easy, and secure procedures with which to access money management, save to achieve your personal or professional goals, and make payments from home.

One of the characteristics of this 100% digital product is that it has a lower cost than the traditional one, enabling it to reach a broader target.

With this project, Banco de Antigua has achieved positioning as a committed bank with financial inclusion, allowing individuals who previously could not possibly go to an office to carry out all their paperwork from home.

How to access the digital savings account?

A new user can access the digital savings account through the mobile application Banco de Antigua, available for their operating system (iOS and Android).

The requirements are simple, and the new user only needs their ID, a mobile device, and a few minutes to perform their Digital Onboarding through MobbScan.

How does Banco de Antigua verify its clients’ identities?

This leading bank in Guatemala uses Mobbeel’s technology to identify and verify the identity of new customers who want to open a bank account online, enabling simple and secure document verification.

It is performed by automatically scanning the user’s ID and biometric verification (selfie), verifying that the person carrying out the new registration is who they say to be.

Banco de Antigua, an innovative and digital bank

This bank has vast experience and, in its 16 years has evolved towards digital transformation, expanding its portfolio and innovating its products.

It currently has 55 branches, among which they have 6 specialised on credit branches and 39 branches that offer their entire portfolio of products and services.

The Banco de Antigua team is made up of nearly 1,250 employees committed to helping the hundreds of new customers who already verify their identity with MobbScan.

Source: Mobbeel

Removing Friction from Capture When Proving Identities

Removing Friction from Capture When Proving Identities

We use the word “friction” in multiple contexts. In identity proofing, friction results when it takes significant effort for a person to prove who they are. If it takes a user too long to prove their identity, the user may become frustrated and give up. This hurts businesses that depend upon digital onboarding for their customers.

Where can friction take place in identity proofing? During digital onboarding, friction may occur during two key processes.

  • The first process is document acquisition. For example, some identity proofing applications require that the user submit a digital copy of a government identity document such as the front and back of a driver’s license.
  • The second process is biometric image acquisition. For example, some applications capture the facial image of the user.

Identity proofing applications use these two types of data during the initial identity verification process when a user is onboarded. A captured face may be compared with a government identity document, or a face or identity document may be compared against a government identity database.

One or both data types may also be used during authentication of a user whose identity has already been verified. Most commonly, the features of a live face may be compared against the features of the face that was registered with the account.

Ideally, an identity proofing application should be “frictionless” and should capture its data as easily as possible. Sadly, this is not always true.

How hard is it to capture identity data?

We take pictures with our smartphones all the time, so why should it be so hard to capture a picture of an identity document?

And we take pictures of ourselves all the time, so biometric image acquisition should not be difficult.

But there is a difference between capturing just any image and capturing a quality image for identity proofing. When capturing images of faces or identity documents, things can go wrong.

  • You could capture an identity document image and not capture part of the ID, or (for two-sided identity documents) only capture one of the two sides.
  • You could capture a facial “selfie” with your eyes closed, or with part of your face outside of the camera frame.

Checking quality after manual image capture is not enough

Rather than checking image quality long after the image is captured, some identity proofing applications immediately check the image quality. Automating the image quality measurement process at the smartphone (the edge device) provides a partial solution to the friction problem.

But it doesn’t solve the issue of poor image capture in the first place. When users must manually capture document and facial images, some images won’t be captured correctly the first time, and friction will result.

I recently experienced this friction myself when I used my smartphone to capture a facial image for my passport renewal. I manually took the picture, only to have the application tell me that the picture did not meet passport quality standards. I manually took a second picture, which was again rejected. The third picture was finally accepted, but by that point I was frustrated because of the friction of the process.

Why did I have to take the picture? Why couldn’t the application take the picture itself?

How Incode’s full process automation removes friction from capture

It’s not enough to automate image quality measurement. Ideally, the identity proofing application should also automate the capture of the image .

That is exactly how Incode’s solution works. It doesn’t depend upon the user to manually capture the images. Incode captures the pictures automatically without manual intervention. Incode’s algorithms ask the applicant to move the smartphone camera, ID, or face as needed, and rather than depending upon the applicant to manually press a button at the right time, Incode automatically captures a picture with the requisite quality.

This not only reduces user frustration and friction, but also speeds the process since the submission of substandard images is eliminated. Incode automatically captures the picture at the right time, saving time.

Automated image capture coupled with automated image quality measurement reduces friction dramatically. This video illustrates how the Incode smartphone application automatically captures facial images, government ID documents, and other documents such as credit cards without requiring the user to press a button to initiate the capture. The Incode application automatically captures the image, resulting in higher quality and faster onboarding.

Source: Incode

ID Week America: Healthcare presentations

ID Week America: Healthcare presentations

The countdown to Identity Week America is on!

With hundreds of identity solutions on showcase, expert presentations and panel sessions and easy networking opportunities across the two days, the event is the place to be to assess one of the most primitive and advancing industries.

Here’s a snapshot of sessions around identity and IAM for the healthcare sector. From start-ups in their formative years of development to the biggest vendors and organisations, the conference programme supports all viewpoints in nurturing the next generation of talent in identity, in addition to facilitating more commercial and public sector use cases of digital and physical ID across banking, travel healthcare and lots more industries!

Discover the next unicorn Identity Week America has to offer or sit in on carefully planned sessions, presentations and roundtable discussions with other thought-leaders – all for free.

We’re delighted to welcome Linda Van Horn, who is President & Chief Executive Officer at iShare Medical, to deliver a keynote presentation on the present and future mission to secure access and sharing of medical data with digital identity verification. It’s a use study that continues to be tested with digital ID technologies to transform the way patients can openly access their personal medical records whilst tightly retaining confidentiality over the most sensitive personal information.

On Day 1, Ryan Howells, Principal at Leavitt Partners, will also give his insight into converging trust, privacy and convenience for patients to enable healthcare to adopt a centralised system of digital identity as many other industries have.

Ryan Howells

Unlike some sectors which have diverse ecosystems of product vendors and numerous applications, healthcare with predominantly two major divisions, the NHS or private healthcare, requires a federated digital identity system to protect millions of people’s personal medical data.

You can hear a panel discussion on “Digital identity federation in healthcare” at 11:30 on 4th October involving healthcare professionals across these domains who will discuss the challenge of creating one future-proof identity ecosystem in healthcare.

Launch of Liberia’s New Work Permit Issuing System

Launch of Liberia’s New Work Permit Issuing System

The president of Liberia, George M. Weah officially commissioned the new Work Permit Digitalisation Project of the Ministry of Labour and the project contractor – the company CETIS, one of the Europe’s leading companies in security documents printing and identity management at a ceremony held at the Ministerial Complex in Monrovia, Liberia, on Tuesday, 13 September 2022. The new digital work permit protects workers’ as well as investors’ rights by enabling secure, quick and transparent recruitment of foreigners.

The new Liberian work permit system enables many benefits for the companies in Liberia, foreign workers and the government:

· It enables secure, quick and transparent recruitment of foreigners by companies in Liberia who need additional workers and protects the rights of investors in Liberia so that they are treated fairly in their relationship with the government and with their employees.

· It gives foreigners an opportunity to work in Liberia and protects their rights.

· An improved digital data base assures easier enrolment and control, data exchange by authorities and more user-friendly services.

· It also offers the government additional income (tax revenue) for financing new projects for the development of Liberia.

“Until today, Liberia was the only West African country still using a manual work permit system. This innovation will not only improve efficiency but will also increase revenue and provide new employment opportunities. In addition, it will enhance the capacity of the Ministry of Labour to protect and defend the rights of workers in the Republic of Liberia,” emphasised President Weah for the newspaper, New Liberia. The President described the initiative as a milestone project in the modernisation of government operations, ensuring better efficiency and greater productivity.

Roman Žnidarič, executive director at the company CETIS, project contractor from Slovenia, EU, thanked the Liberian leader for the trust shown and the opportunity to contribute to the Ministry of Labour’s digitisation process: “With over 200 years of experience, being trusted by governments all around the world and committed to the most demanding international security and quality standards, we have been observing the development of Liberia for over 10 years and so understand well the challenges you face. Today, we are proud to launch this important long-term project which would not be possible without the trust of the Liberian government and good cooperation with Labour Minister Cllr. Charles Gibson and his team as well as our local partners.

We are proud to be able to contribute to the modernisation and digitalisation of Liberia’s public administration by providing secure, efficient and transparent issuance of the new Liberian work permit. We have invested a lot in this project, employed local experts and transferred our know-how, among others. We are planning to continuously improve and update the system. We hope that this project is the first step towards the final goal – a complete Liberian central register.”

ID Week America: Transforming travel and physical identity sessions

ID Week America: Transforming travel and physical identity sessions

One of the most primitive industries, identity is also advancing with new technology to verify and authenticate, enhancing many other sectors.

Threats to our personal, national and global security have soared while consumer satisfaction is ever determining whether businesses succeed or fail in a modern world.

At its core, Identity Week America is a multi-dimensional event that creates and manifests new applications of physical and digital identity across four main sectors that are advancing at a rapid rate.

One of the key sectors that the event targets and allies with in promoting new identity solutions and strategies is the Travel and Aviation industry.

We have amassed an incredible line-up of top representatives from the travel industry, Government counter-terrorism bodies and national independent organisations.

They include: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration and Richard Clarke, Former National Coordinator for U.S. Counter-terrorism, all of whom will make their pledges to the future of identity at the number #1 meeting place of the year – Identity Week America!

Attend our FREE Expo to mingle with these individuals and thousands more!

Through sessions, keynote presentations, roundtables and fundamental networking, the event will dissect how advanced facial recognition and digital ID testing is across all industry case studies.

Our inspiring sessions will discover what most excites speakers about biometrics for the aviation and travel industry and how we can successfully transform travel with digital identity, adopting approaches to innovation for security effectiveness and the passenger experience.

Day 1 Keynote, 9:00: Hear from newly confirmed TSA Administrator David Pekoske how innovative identity management solutions can improve security and enhance the passenger experience.

 

David Pekoske, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration 

In Track 2 on 4th October, Tony Poole, President of the Document Security Alliance will discuss the problem of counterfeiting with security documents.

Tony Poole, President, Document Security Alliance

In addition, Identity Week America will seek answers to the following questions surrounding interoperability and higher demands for security and convenience throughout the passenger journey.

How important is a collaborative and integrated approach when it comes to implementing and updating new technologies like biometrics to secure passenger journeys?

How have the demands of passengers changed since the pandemic and how do you see them changing in the next few years? How are you meeting expectations?

Register today to hear expertly curated sessions for the travel sector and public sector, and discover more sector-driven topics that will be discussed from 4-5 October in Washington D.C. https://secure.terrapinn.com/V5/step1.aspx?E=10580

Voters in Nigeria fail to enrol their biometrics

Voters in Nigeria fail to enrol their biometrics

In Nigeria, millions of voters have been left wondering why they have been removed from the registry after confusion over the online pre-registration process.

The Independent National Electoral Commission has released a statement defending its actions to remove partially-registered voters, citing that the majority failed to complete the pre-registration process correctly. Nearly 4.2 million voters were left off the registry which leverages biometrics to retain information relating to voters.

Approximately 8.9 million Nigerians managed to submit the correct information and fully completed the process when attending registration centres in-person. Over 3.4 million people started the registration process online but finished the process in-person.

The number of incomplete registrations indicates that the system was flawed and insufficient to hold biometric data from millions of voters, however, the commission has categorically denied that anyone was excluded from completing the online pre-registration process in light of concerns about underage voters.

Although rejected by INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu, allegations also circulated of physical Voter Cards being illegally disposed of. Mahmood Yakubu also praised the Automated Biometric Identification System which he said would mitigate any problems with verifying voters.

Despite his comments, some argue that a biometric system is a prime target for hackers or just insufficient to be used in a national scheme to collect people’s biometric information. Biometric voter registration was suspended on 30 June, 2022 amid improvements being made to the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) ahead of the 2023 general elections.

However, the INEC chairman at the time admitted that the system was under review to determine its functionality after several complaints were made. The system uses both fingerprint and face modalities to validate voters.

Incode & TOTM Technologies Form Strategic Partnership to Meet Accelerated Demand for Omnichannel Identity Experiences in Indonesia

Incode & TOTM Technologies Form Strategic Partnership to Meet Accelerated Demand for Omnichannel Identity Experiences in Indonesia

Incode, the next-generation identity verification platform, recently announced that it has forged a partnership with TOTM Technologies as its reseller, to offer one of the world’s most powerful identity solutions, Incode Omni, to the Indonesian market as part of its Asia Pacific expansion.

Incode is a Fintech Power 50 company and industry leader in privacy-centric identity verification for global enterprises.The Omni platform is used by the world’s largest financial institutions, governments, marketplaces, hotels and hospitals to customise their user experience, at scale while drastically reducing security and fraud risk. With its unique passive liveness technology, word class facial recognition, and advanced deep learning techniques, Incode Omni meets the most stringent compliance and security standards for global brands such as Jumeirah Hotels, Rappi, and Citi.

Indonesia is a key market for Incode and TOTM in Asia-Pacific. Indonesian enterprises are accelerating their digital transformation to address a growing base of digitally savvy mobile-first users who are demanding frictionless onboarding processes and a simpler experience. According to Statista, 72% of Indonesians are smartphone users while close to 73% now have internet access. What’s more, the pandemic added 21 million new digital consumers, with the majority (72%) from non-metropolitan areas.

As an end-to-end identity management and biometrics products provider, TOTM Technologies powers enterprises with digital identity and onboarding solutions spanning use cases such as national identity, fintech and finance, healthcare, and critical infrastructure access control.  TOTM Technologies recognises identity as a key that opens unlimited doors and is determined to broaden the horizon of Indonesian companies by bringing world-class, secure, and customer-first biometric products from Incode into the region.

Ricardo Amper, Founder and CEO of Incode, said, “We are proud to team with a widely recognized partner like TOTM Technologies. TOTM Technologies’ technical expertise and experience, large customer base, and understanding of a big Asian market like Indonesia are unparalleled in the region. With its support, I expect nothing less than hyper-growth in Indonesia as we continue our global expansion into Asia Pacific.”

Allen Ganz, Vice President of Business Development, Incode, said, “TOTM Technologies has a strong track record in helping enterprises transform their business operations with next-generation biometric and identity solutions, coupled with strong technical support across many shared industry verticals. Our first in Asia Pacific, this partnership is a milestone in our global channel roadmap where we aggressively expand our partner ecosystem to meet the demand for our offerings.”

Pierre Prunier, CEO and Executive Director of TOTM Technologies, said, “Indonesian businesses are showing great interest in identity verification and management solutions, especially with the acceleration of digitalisation due to the pandemic. We are confident that Incode’s best-in-breed solutions and disruptive technology will deliver the secure, frictionless, and differentiated user experience that our customers are prioritizing and are looking to offer in their highly competitive sectors.”

Biometric authentication used by U.S. businesses triples

Biometric authentication used by U.S. businesses triples

The record-high demand for digital identity solutions by customers and enterprises is creating shockwaves in terms of surging revenue, expected to reach $70.82 million by 2028.

Now, according to figures released in several new studies, the number of U.S. businesses using biometric authentication to prevent fraud and boost security for customers has almost tripled from 27% in 2019 to 79% in 2022.

With persistent threats against security, two-factor authentication is even more likely to be implemented in 91% of businesses in 2022 compared to 64% in 2029 as attacks become more sophisticated and common.

Interestingly, in GetApp’s 2022 report, even the supposed protection of two factor authentication has become compromised as hackers find new ways to defeat it. The sharp upturn in authentication technologies being deployed by U.S businesses can be attributed to a 7% increase in cyberattacks in the last 12 months. Remote working has been a driver for an influx of cyber attacks while many smaller organisations turned to using cloud solution rather than in-house IT services.

In June 2021, while lobbying for changes to the U.S. digital identity strategy, Congressman Bill Foster said: “It’s time for the United States to catch up with the rest of the developed world when it comes to digital identity”.

The USA’s cyber defence seems to have been revived with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace seeking a more integrated ecosystem of interoperable identity service bodies. NIST published a third draft of Digital Identification Guidelines this summer.

 

Jonathan Andresen, Senior Director, Marketing, Incode Technologies

Jonathan Andresen, Senior Director, Marketing, Incode Technologies

IdentityWeek.net in conversation with Jonathan Andresen, Director of Marketing at Incode Technologies. 

A industry leader in identity verification and authentication, Incode transforms the consumer experience for large enterprises.

“We are leading the change towards leveraging biometric and facial recognition to help the largest customers in the world and enterprises to be able to leverage this technology to transform their customer experience, up-level their security and increasingly monetise their move towards digital transformation”.

The interview explores the importance of converging security, trust, privacy and convenience as factors that are at the forefront of identity experiences for end-users and enterprises.

 

Trio work together on digital payments system for government services

Trio work together on digital payments system for government services

Working together on a digital payments system for government entities, First Abu Dhabi Bank, payments provider, Magnati and the RAK Government have recently signed a partnership agreement to launch RAK Pay.

RAK Pay will transform flexible and secure transactions and payment collection tools for government services. Magnati has been appointed as a regional Payments as a Platform Provider that provides services in direct acquiring, issuer processing and acquiring processing to government and organisation clients.

It has been announced that Magnati will also have a hand in issuing their own prepaid cards to users of government service payments, to promote a transition to digital payments for banked and unbanked customers.

Customers can be reassured that payments will be sent and received securely and most major cards from known providers will be compatible with RAK Pay.

Yousuf Ali Mohammed, Director-General of the Department of Finance commented on the partnership being attuned with the government’s goals to improve its business-like operations and services making public revenue.

He also said the alliance was in line with the “department of Finance’s continuous efforts to enhance the emirate’s financial sustainability, while strengthening corporate governance of public revenue management and increasing the economic competitiveness of the digital economy.”

The government as well as enterprises is interested in continually developing digital financial platforms to support its own expanding services and in the private sector through leveraging the best-in-class identity technologies and solutions.

By developing its own digital payments’ system, the RAF government wants to create more competition in the marketplace between solution providers and take an active role in not just overseeing growth in digital identity, but being a key driver.

RAK Pay will be an easy, one-step solution to make payments whether through Ras Al Khaimah’s official online portal or the mRAK app, to ensure a seamless experience for end-users across all our channels”.

Biometrics “not mature enough” to track U.S. ballots

Biometrics “not mature enough” to track U.S. ballots

A U.S. state representative has thrown out hopes of ballots being trackable using facial recognition technology, speaking at a committee on Tuesday.

Denouncing the proposal, State representative, Stephen Meeks said that the technology for biometrics could not be deployed yet because it was not yet sophisticated enough to retain the records in a 3 million user database.

Stephen Meeks sponsored a law study which investigated whether biometrics could be leveraged in the voting system to maintain voter information and manage fraud.

Clearview AI’s new face verification tech to acquit falsely accused

Clearview AI’s new face verification tech to acquit falsely accused

Clearview AI has recently changed sides of the law with the launch of JusticeClearview, facial verification designed to help defence lawyers exonerate the falsely accused. 

Clearview AI is a U.S. based company that provides an innovative facial recognition platform for law enforcement and has undertaken previous case uses to aid successful prosecutions.

The use of the technology is not only intended for the police and prosecutors but serves public offenders working for the government and wrongly-accused offenders themselves in helping to terminate lawsuits and sentences against them.

Harnessing the largest database of 20 billion biometric images, Clearview AI is a frontrunner in AI powered facial recognition to crackdown on crime and to strengthen criminal profiles using DNA and identity-matching technology.

Clearview AI’s LFR platform has already proved useful in cases relating to crimes against children, murders, fraud, drug trafficking and sexual crimes to profile offenders, victims, cases of mistaken identity and missing people.

It can also help to identify witnesses and other persons of interest as in 70% of cases, wrongful convictions are secured by eye-witness accounts.

Crucially, Clearview AI says their biometric technology meets a low level of bias across all demographics. In January, this was validated in the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Facial Recognition Vendor Test which concurred that Clearview’s facial recognition algorithm performed perfectly.

Clearview AI’s Co-Founder and CEO, Hoan Ton-That, said: “Clearview AI’s mission in pursuit of justice and support of public safety extends beyond helping identify those who perpetrate crimes, it also encompasses helping exonerate those who have been wrongfully accused. These are two sides of the same coin and are equally important to the proper administration of justice both for the victims of crimes and the public at large”. 

“The launch of JusticeClearview is to help level the playing field and ensure that justice is available to all.” added Ton-That. “There is nothing worse than being held responsible for a crime you did not commit.”

Keynote presentations at ID Week America

Keynote presentations at ID Week America

Identity Week America 2022 is shaping up to be an unmissable event – at its core promising to deliver a buzzing atmosphere and genuine mix of suppliers, organisations, enterprises and public authorities to meet.

We have a hotbed of brilliant experts in biometrics, digital and physical identity that are preparing to head to Washington D.C. for the 8th edition of the conference – but who will be taking to the main stages?

We start as we mean to follow with an introduction and opening remarks from John Mears, the Chairman of IBIA, a leading voice in the biometrics and digital identity technology space that alone incorporates many of the key identity companies presenting their solutions in the Expo. The Association represents a spectrum of key industry providers across every digital ID application and biometric modality.

The keynote presentations taking place from 9-10:30 on Day 1 and 2 provide a snapshot of the quality, in-depth presentations that will follow throughout the conference and be divided into the specific challenges and successes facing large-scale projects and sectors.

4th October    9:00

Keynote Theatre: Innovating identity management solutions to improve security effectiveness and the passenger experience

David Pekoske, Administrator, at Transportation Security Administration will be giving his viewpoint on how innovative identity management solutions can improve security and enhance the passenger experience.

9:20

Followed by returning keynote speaker, Kenneth Gantt, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who will be reflecting on the ever-changing demands on the identity ecosystem which continues to expand to encompass providers of digital ID, biometric technologies and identity documents. What is needed to unify the ecosystem and adapt to changes?

Register to attend: “Bringing together a comprehensive ecosystem in an identity multiverse”.

9:40

Digital identity and trust in healthcare: Present and future

We are delighted to welcome Linda Van Horn, President and CEO of iShare Medica to update the wider identity community on how digital identity is changing how medical data is securely accessed by patients and medical professionals.

10:00

Mind the trust gap

The presentation will be delivered by our Title Sponsor NEC National Security Systems. While addressing the rate by which digital ID technologies have accelerated, this keynote will highlight the imbalance with physical identity, forming a “physical gap”, and assess the convenience needs of users and frameworks for building foundational trust in identity solutions.

Kathleen L. Kiernan