ForgeRock announces IPO pricing

ForgeRock announces IPO pricing

ForgeRock a global identity leader, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 11,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at a price to the public of $25.00 per share. In addition, ForgeRock has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,650,000 shares of Class A common stock at the initial public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions.

The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on September 16, 2021 under the ticker symbol “FORG”. The offering is expected to close on September 20, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions.

Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan are acting as lead book-running managers for the offering. Deutsche Bank Securities, Mizuho Securities, and HSBC are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. BTIG, Cowen, Piper Sandler, Truist Securities, and William Blair are acting as co-managers for the offering.

HID Global certified for mobile ticketing

HID Global certified for mobile ticketing

HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced that it is the world’s first ticketing solution provider with a software development kit (SDK) that is fully certified and compliant to Calypso HCE standards for secure and convenient mobile ticketing on smartphones. The certification specifies how to protect ticket data stored in the mobile device’s wallet, helping transport operators to effectively fight fraud by preventing tickets from being duplicated, transferred or altered.

“CNA is pleased to issue to the HID SOMA Atlas 4Digital SDK this first certificate of compliance with the security requirements established for the HCE Calypso mobile ticketing application. This solution offers transport operators flexible, fast and secure solutions that comply with the principles of the most stringent mobile security programs,” said Philippe Vappereau, CEO of the Calypso Networks Association.

Relied on by public transportation networks and cities around the world, Calypso is an open standard for contactless ticketing applications in which Calypso cards and NFC mobile phones are used. The Calypso Host Card Emulation (HCE) standard extends the success of CNA standards to mobile devices, and the Calypso HCE Security Certification (CHSC) combines a state-of-the-art evaluation methodology with the most stringent requirements of mobile security programs.

“Being at the forefront of achieving this certification underscores HID’s long-standing commitment to a security-by-design approach to building trusted identity solutions for our customers,” said Cesare Paciello, Vice President, Events & Mobility Solutions with HID Global. “Following HID’s world’s first certification for Calypso Light in 2018, this new industry-first milestone positions HID to continue leading the way for public transportation networks to implement next-generation automated fare collection solutions. In addition to delivering advanced security to safeguard against cloning, eavesdropping and other cyberthreats, the HID SOMA Atlas 4Digital SDK enables easier, more streamlined mobile ticketing.”

Mobile tickets powered by the HID SOMA Atlas 4Digital SDK can be used with the near-field communication (NFC)-enabled smartphones, just like any paper or card-based tickets that meet the Calypso standard. The HID SDK also enables transport operators and authorities to greatly expand the range devices that customers can “tap to pay” for travel using Android smartphones and other NFC devices. Additionally, passengers can also use their mobile devices to add funds (“top-up”) their Calypso-based transport cards, making it even easier to pay and use public transport, while minimizing physical contact.

Keynotes you can’t afford to miss at Identity Week

Keynotes you can’t afford to miss at Identity Week

Identity Week is just around the corner and one of the most impressive aspects of the industry-leading’s conference and exhibition’s return is its list of stellar keynote speakers.

The event, to be held 22 – 23 September 2021 at Hall N9, ExCeL, London, is an exhibition and conference bringing together the brightest minds in the identity sector to promote innovation, new thinking, and more effective identity solutions.

Key areas of focus include secure physical credentials, digital identity, and advanced authentication technologies, such as biometrics.

In the opening session, Nick Godfrey,Head of CISO Office,Google Cloud, will explain how the technology company has has made security the cornerstone of its product strategy.

“As widespread cyber attack scontinue to exploit vulnerabilities targeting people, organizations, and governments around the world, a zero trust approach, in which no person, device, or network enjoys inherent trust, should be a key pillar of any security strategy.

“We’ll discuss how we put identity at the center of this approach and how you can apply this thinkingto your digital transformation,” says Godfrey.

After Google, Cyril Gout, Director Operational Support and Analysis Directorate at Interpol will cover identity and national security.

Susannah Storey, Director General for Digital and Culture, Dept. for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, UK Gov will feature at the event, as will Frederic Trojani, Executive Vice-President for Secure Components, SPS-SURYS.

On day two, Roderick Boothby, Global Head of Identity, Santander will take to the stage, followed by Nathalie Gosset, VP ID Document Solutions, Thales.

Finally,  Carita Weiss, Chief Retail and Payments Officer, Coop, will cover identity in retail, and Donal Greene, Product Evangelist, Innovatrics will speak on biometrics.

To see the full agenda and secure your place see here.

 

 

IDEMIA STORM ABIS enables remote fingerprint matching

IDEMIA STORM ABIS enables remote fingerprint matching

 IDEMIA, the biometric solutions leader for law enforcement agencies, announced today it has launched the world’s first SaaS-based Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), IDEMIA STORM ABIS, for intuitive, accessible and affordable fingerprint analysis, comparison and documentation.

IDEMIA STORM ABIS is an intuitive web-based platform that allows for efficient access to world-class fingerprint-matching technology. It supports local and national searches with tools for analysis, comparison and case management that allows fingerprint examiners to efficiently complete examinations from anywhere. With user experience as a design priority, the system enhances collaboration while reducing the learning curve for examiners, which cuts training time and costs for agencies. 

“IDEMIA has delivered high-performing biometric identification systems hosted in the cloud since 2015. Yet IDEMIA STORM ABIS is first of its kind as its cloud-native architecture allows dynamic scalability, high availability and system reliability on-demand,” said Michael Hash, vice president, justice and public safety, IDEMIA. “Designed from the ground up by fingerprint examiners for examiners, STORM will transform how we deliver automated fingerprint identification capabilities to our law enforcement customers.”

As an out-of-box SaaS ABIS, IDEMIA STORM ABIS drastically streamlines the system deployment and delivery process with standardized configurations. Leveraging native cloud architecture, this new SaaS offering offers continuous feature updates and allows smaller agencies to use the biometric identification services securely from anywhere, enabling flexible and remote work environments, a useful feature in the post-COVID world. 

Ontario releases Technology and Standards for digital identity

Ontario releases Technology and Standards for digital identity

The Ontario government is publicly launching the technology and standards that will build Ontario’s digital identity ecosystem, which will empower simpler, faster and better access to more convenient and secure online services. As one of the first jurisdictions in North America to publish this information, Ontario continues to demonstrate its commitment to digital and data transparency, and is making progress on becoming a world-leading digital jurisdiction.

When fully launched, Ontario’s Digital ID (identification) will allow people and businesses to prove who they are both online and in person with built-in safety features that protect users’ privacy and personal information. It will be a convenient and easy identification solution that is made with the security and encryption necessary for today’s highly digitized world, which protects personal data while performing secure transactions and accessing online services.

Over time, Ontario’s Digital ID will open up more opportunities for individuals and businesses across all business sectors. This initiative is yet another way that the government is working with the marketplace to support economic growth, new investments and technological innovation.

Today, Kaleed Rasheed, Associate Minister of Digital Government, shared an update on the government’s plan in a virtual conversation with the Council of Canadian Innovators on Ontario’s digital future.

“Openly sharing our technology approach to digital identity is an essential step in our plan to provide more convenient, private and secure ways to prove who you are,” said Minister Rasheed. “Today’s announcement responds directly to what we continue to hear from sector partners, stakeholders and the public – Ontario’s approach to technology needs to be ambitious, innovative and transparent.”

Ontario’s Digital ID will use emerging technology standards and, wherever possible, publicly available open source solutions. Key principles that will underpin Ontario’s digital identity program include compliance with current industry standards and laws, including Ontario’s Digital Service Standard and Anti-Racism Data Standards.

“Our Ontario Onwards: Action Plan first announced our government’s goal to make Ontario the most advanced digital jurisdiction in the world – all in the service of the people of this province,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. “The release of Ontario’s Digital ID later this year will be an exciting step towards transforming and modernizing government services in an increasingly digital world.”

French Government selects IDEMIA for the national digital ID program

French Government selects IDEMIA for the national digital ID program

The French government agency, Agence Nationale des Titres Sécurisés (“ANTS”), will be collaborating with IDEMIA on the national digital ID program, France Identité Numérique

With their consent, French citizens using the service, will be able to prove their identity remotely by placing their eID card on the back of their smartphone

Hundreds of additional secure online services will soon be available thanks to the Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information (ANSSI)-certified authentication system

The updated French national eID card (CNIe) was launched in August 2021, and will enable French citizens to complete online transactions using their smartphone. Citizens will receive an authentication request on their smartphone. They will then place their CNIe on the back of their phone, which will communicate using Near-Field Communication technology. The mobile app will securely read and authenticate the personal data held in the card’s chip. Citizens will need to provide their consent before authentication.

The digital ID system will be issued with a First Level security certificate from the French IT agency, ANSSI, and will therefore comply with the EU eIDAS regulations; Substantial and High1. The system will protect citizens’ identity data, and will ensure that only the authorized citizen has control over it.

As a French company, we are extremely proud to work on the national digital ID program. The new CNIe with its highly-secure chip is a great example of combining a physical ID document with a digital ID to securely access online services.
Pierre Lelièvre, IDEMIA Senior Vice President Digital ID

The FranceConnect platform, which underpins the program, has already attracted over 28 million users and 900 service providers. French citizens will soon be able to securely access these services using their new digital ID.

Our mission is to create and offer a user-friendly means of electronic identification that facilitates and protects the online transfer of citizen identity data, so that transactions cannot be centralized or traced.”
Valérie Peneau, General Government Inspector and Director of the France Identité Numérique program

IDEMIA’s expertise is helping bring about substantial digital ID changes that are currently underway. Having successfully implemented over 135 online and offline identification programs across the world, IDEMIA meets governments’ needs for securer and agile citizen databases, ID documents and online authentication of citizens’ identity.

ComplyCube reveals KYC solution

ComplyCube reveals KYC solution

ComplyCube, the London-based AI company has unveiled Flow, a cloud-based Know Your Customer (KYC) solution that enables businesses to reduce their AML/KYC compliance and fraud risks significantly. The solution will complement ComplyCube’s market-leading Software as a Service (SaaS) and API platform.

The Global KYC firm has recently reported a growth of 500 percent growth of biometric KYC business. The launch of Flow capitalizes on the current biometric security boom amid the substantial global digitalization drive caused by the pandemic.

The Digital Identity firm says that Flow is a GDPR-compliant web-based solution that businesses can start using “in minutes”, with no coding needed. It allows people to verify their identities by following a secure URL.

The highly customizable Flow guides users through a slick User Interface (UI), securely collecting identity documents, biometrics, and proof of address – all in less than 30 seconds.  Once documents and biometrics are submitted, Flow™ automatically conducts authenticity and identity checks and sends real-time alerts to the business indicating any red flags and providing rich explains.

ComplyCube’s Flow integrates cutting-edge certified liveness detection technology, which prevents face biometric spoofing and presentation attacks, including 3D Masks, without additional user friction. It also allows companies to leverage a detailed audit trail for compliance purposes in line with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations.

Flow™ will appeal to businesses that are still undertaking identity verification checks manually, with documents sent via email, which is costly, time-consuming, prone to human error, and not adequately secure. Similarly, businesses with legacy KYC solutions can leverage Flow™ to simplify onboarding processes and reduce the Total Cost of Ownership.

Databac Connect launches as cloud-based platform for mobile credentials

Databac Connect launches as cloud-based platform for mobile credentials

ID solutions provider and card manufacturer Databac embraces digital transformation in identification with the launch of Databac Connect. The cloud-based platform offers a secure solution to issue and manage virtual ID cards for identification, access control, vending and other applications.

Powered by technology partner any2any, Databac Connect combines security with ultra-convenience, for an end user experience that is entirely intuitive. Once enrolled on the system via the LOOP app, users use their mobile phones in the same way as physical ID cards. As a SaaS solution, implementation is instant, offering ease of use, automatic upgrades, support and maintenance, and full scalability. LOOP can be custom-developed for systems integrators and large, multi-site and multi-tenant companies.

Digital credentials use mobile-enabled digital keys, certified identity validation and biometric security (facial or fingerprint) for secure authentication. They can incorporate LEGIC, Mifare and DESFire technologies, and can be paired with physical cards for hybrid, ‘phygital’ identification.

“The potential and sheer convenience of cloud-based identification will drive adoption of mobile credentials, or ‘virtual wallets’. We see this as complementing physical ID cards, which offer visible security, particularly in non-cloud environments, like prisons or hospitals,” said Databac CEO Charles Balcomb. “Databac Connect forms the basis of our digital strategy, on which we will build our growing range of cloud solutions, as we support our clients on their own digital transformation journey.”

Databac offers the full complement of hardware, software, consumables and services to enable hybrid or digital credentials for identification, visitor management, access control and vending. Its range of connected solutions also includes Unif.id movement intelligence (smart buildings), Forge visitor management, CardExchange Cloud Suite and the latest cloud-enabled printers and readers from Matica, Entrust Datacard and Third Millennium, as well as Databac’s own, entry-level DC1 Bluetooth reader, which makes cloud-based access control accessible to all.

TECH5 Integrates its Digital ID Solution with MOSIP

TECH5 Integrates its Digital ID Solution with MOSIP

TECH5, a technology innovator in the field of biometrics, has integrated the T5-IDencode issuance platform – a part of its T5-Digital ID offering – with the MOSIP foundational identity Platform. This new functionality covers biometric enrolment of a person as well as the issuance of secure and private digital IDs with data sourced from a National ID database. 

TECH5 has integrated the T5-Digital ID offering with the MOSIP platform, and any country adopting MOSIP can leverage the product with minimal integration efforts. Currently, the new solution is being implemented as a PoC for the first time in Ethiopia. 

Implementing a digital-first ID alongside a physical credential using the MOSIP platform will allow governments to reduce the cost and speed of ID issuance as well as streamline and improve the logistics and management of the ID lifecycle. TECH5’s digital ID can be purely electronic or printed and retain the same ID verification functionality. Furthermore, given that there will be neither a need for specialized or purpose-built devices nor internet connectivity because reading and verification of the digital ID can be performed in a completely offline manner, there will also be a consequent reduction in hardware. 

MOSIP is a global open-source platform that is designed to help organizations and governments implement a foundational ID system that provides users with unique IDs. With the integration of the T5-IDencode platform with MOSIP, these unique IDs can not only be issued in a secure digital format, but can also be securely authenticated, thus facilitating the effective delivery of services such as healthcare, education, and social security, without compromising a citizen’s data. 

The MOSIP platform integrated with T5-Digital ID also allows for enrolment and deduplication prior to issuing a digital ID. As Rahul Parthe, Co-founder, Chairman and CTO of TECH5 explains, “The T5-ABIS BE component that was integrated with MOSIP in 2019 is used for deduplication services during the enrolment process to verify that a user does not already exist in the database under a different name and to ensure that the issued digital ID is unique.”

The credential issuance functionality of T5-Digital ID will significantly increase privacy and security during verification. This is because the digital ID is issued in the form of a secure digital container known as the T5-Cryptograph, which enables biometric authentication using TECH5’s NIST top-ranked face and/or fingerprint recognition algorithms. Furthermore, the data in the T5-Cryptograph is readable only by a verified authority, and only after the identity holder authorizes the reading and verification of its contents.

The total solution enables each user to have full control over their private and personally identifiable information. The credential issued by the Government can be stored on the user’s phone or kept in printed format and used for biometric verification against the holder. This consent-based mechanism afforded by the new solution empowers each user with the ability to seamlessly self-authenticate anywhere in the country and access a wide range of Government and Enterprise services.

“We develop all of our technologies and solutions for identity management around the principles of ID4D and are very passionate about the MOSIP project. The TECH5 – MOSIP technical integration has enabled the creation of a unique solution that can be implemented for digital ID issuance around the world” – comments Mr. Parthe. 

“MOSIP believes in innovation. Paperless secure credentialing and enablement of offline identity verification is a strong use-case to demonstrate, especially from the point of view of inclusion and privacy. We appreciate TECH5’s initiatives in embracing breakthrough open-source technology like MOSIP”, says Krishnan Rajagopalan, Head of Country Implementations, MOSIP.

Atos completes the acquisition of cryptovision

Atos completes the acquisition of cryptovision

Atos has completed the acquisition of cv cryptovision.

In addition to bringing new technical capabilities and cybersecurity products to the Group’s portfolio, the acquisition will enable Atos to expand its business in the public sector and defense market in Europe, to strengthen its position in global government eID initiatives, and to grow its footprint in emerging IoT markets.

cryptovision designs, develops and implements cryptography solutions, software and hardware products which are made in Germany and meet the most demanding regulations, certifications and security standards (accredited by the German Federal Office for Information Security and NATO; certified according to Common Criteria, ICAO and other international eID standards).

This cybersecurity acquisition joins those of Paladion, digital.security, SEC Consult, In Fidem and Motiv that were made over the past months. It  further strengthens Atos’s positioning as the key trusted cybersecurity partner for global organizations on their digital journeys.

Biometrics in law enforcement going multimodal: ABI

Biometrics in law enforcement going multimodal: ABI

Multimodal Automated Biometric Identification Systems (ABIS) are succeeding standard fingerprint-based Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) criminal platforms, featuring a host of new biometric identification and registration software capabilities, biometric matching algorithms and, of course, new hardware devices and novel use-case scenarios. According to one of the key findings of a new analysis report from global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research, the importance of system upgrades for ABIS platforms is not solely related to addressing infrastructure obsolescence concerns but also to enable new biometric identification technologies in a scalable manner.

The law enforcement market has always been a leading driver and major absorber of identification technologies, with criminal justice and law enforcement agencies providing the groundwork in standardization for biometrics. “However, in recent years biometric technologies are increasingly relevant to governments worldwide as law enforcement identification platforms expand their database capacity, processing potential, and application versatility. This expansion is transforming identification initiatives for criminal justice, surveillance, and border control among other adjacent governmental markets including civil ABIS, immigration, electoral, and even healthcare applications,” explains Dimitrios Pavlakis, Senior Analyst, Digital Security at ABI Research.

Retrofitting criminal ABIS platforms will boost services revenues and greatly increase the penetration rate of biometric devices in law enforcement settings including registration and identification devices like tenprint and palmprint scanners, iris and face recognition devices, portable devices used by field personnel but also with the use of ABIS-connected apps in mobile devices, biometric workstations in police stations, and advanced biometric forensic software for latent prints and video analytics.

However, the implementation roadmap can be quite challenging. “System scalability, database capacity, multimodality, TCO, and budget priorities are the greatest concerns for law enforcement agencies which do not possess the luxury of system flexibility and connectivity services enjoyed by commercial IoT-focused entities,” states Pavlakis. Stakeholders, technology implementers and governmental agencies negotiating ABIS upgrade projects will usually face a laborious roadmap filled with conflicting opinions among agency officials, technological specialists, and budgetary advisors. Integration considerations required for such an undertaking will usually involve a wide array of variables and strategic recommendations that need to be tailored according to the scope.

“Regional restrictions, breaking into new regional markets, avoiding vendor lock-in through the adoption of open architecture standards for ABIS, developing interoperable solutions, reducing platform TCO and lowering yearly maintenance costs without sacrificing system reliability, negotiating ABIS system upgrades, safe and secure server migration between different biometric platform vendors, inter-agency collaboration and safe data exchange are just some of the key points that governments expect from system integrators and platform providers,” Pavlakis concludes.

 

Zwipe Pay ONE biometric cards to be trialled in 3 European countries

Zwipe Pay ONE biometric cards to be trialled in 3 European countries

Zwipe is proud to announce a biometric payment cards pilot with a Global Tier-1 bank. The bank, which is headquartered in Europe, has a strong presence in retail banking and serves many millions of customers across several continents. The pilot will take place in three European countries using biometric payment cards based on the Zwipe Pay ONE platform.

Across many global markets, Zwipe and its card manufacturing partners are experiencing growing interest in biometric payment cards from banks. These cards will deliver world class transaction security, uplifted user experience, improved loyalty, and drive new customer acquisition. Delivering a completely touch-free check-out experience above and below the current contactless limits, biometric payment cards will address elevated consumer concerns about touching the point-of-sale terminals.

Together with its card manufacturing and personalization partners, who will deliver the Zwipe Pay ONE Biometric Cards, Zwipe will commence working with the Global Tier-1 Bank later this month with the aim to launch a pilot of a few hundred cardholders across three European countries in Q1 2022. The bank also plans for a commercial launch of Zwipe Pay ONE based biometric payment cards later in the summer 2022, subject to positive results in the pilot.

André Løvestam, CEO of Zwipe said, “We are thrilled that a Global Tier 1 bank has chosen Zwipe Pay ONE-based biometric payment cards for their pilot and, potentially, for a commercial launch where the long-term potential could be significant. Besides the technology, Zwipe will also support the bank through all stages of the pilot, ensuring that all end users’ experiences and feedback are systematically captured. This Zwipe Pay ONE pilot is a significant milestone and a testament to our world-class technology and excellent collaboration with strong partners in all parts of the payments ecosystem.”

States adopt driver’s licenses and state IDs in Apple Wallet

States adopt driver’s licenses and state IDs in Apple Wallet

Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah are among the first states to bring state IDs and driver’s licenses in Wallet to their residents

Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Apple Wallet provide an easy, fast, and more secure way for people to present their driver’s license or state ID from their iPhone or Apple Watch. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Apple Wallet provide an easy, fast, and more secure way for people to present their driver’s license or state ID from their iPhone or Apple Watch. (Graphic: Business Wire)

Apple today announced that it is working with several states across the country, which will roll out the ability for their residents to seamlessly and securely add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet on their iPhone® and Apple Watch®.
Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to introduce this new innovation to their residents, with Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah to follow. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will enable select airport security checkpoints and lanes in participating airports as the first locations customers can use their driver’s license or state ID in Wallet. Built with privacy at the forefront, Wallet provides a more secure and convenient way for customers to present their driver’s licenses and state IDs on iPhone or Apple Watch.

“The addition of driver’s licenses and state IDs to Apple Wallet is an important step in our vision of replacing the physical wallet with a secure and easy-to-use mobile wallet,” said Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet. “We are excited that the TSA and so many states are already on board to help bring this to life for travelers across the country using only their iPhone and Apple Watch, and we are already in discussions with many more states as we’re working to offer this nationwide in the future.”

“This new and innovative mobile driver’s license and state ID initiative with Apple and states around the country will enable a more seamless airport security screening experience for travelers,” said David Pekoske, TSA Administrator. “This initiative marks a major milestone by TSA to provide an additional level of convenience for the traveler by enabling more opportunities for touchless TSA airport security screening.”

Seamless and Secure Experience

Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet will provide an easy, fast, and more secure way for people to present their driver’s license or state ID using their iPhone or Apple Watch. Once a participating state begins offering this capability to its residents, customers will be able to add their driver’s license or state ID to Wallet and simply tap their iPhone or Apple Watch to present it to the TSA, without taking out their physical card or handing over their device.

  • Adding a driver’s license or state ID to Wallet: Similar to how customers add new credit cards and transit passes to Wallet today, they can simply tap the + button at the top of the screen in Wallet on their iPhone to begin adding their license or ID. If the user has an Apple Watch paired to their iPhone, they will be prompted to also add their ID or driver’s license to their Wallet app on their Apple Watch. The customer will then be asked to use their iPhone to scan their physical driver’s license or state ID card and take a selfie, which will be securely provided to the issuing state for verification. As an additional security step, users will also be prompted to complete a series of facial and head movements during the setup process. Once verified by the issuing state, the customer’s ID or driver’s license will be added to Wallet.
  • Presenting a driver’s license or state ID to TSA: Once added to Wallet, customers can present their driver’s license or state ID to the TSA by simply tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch at the identity reader. Upon tapping their iPhone or Apple Watch, customers will see a prompt on their device displaying the specific information being requested by the TSA. Only after authorizing with Face ID® or Touch ID® is the requested identity information released from their device, which ensures that just the required information is shared and only the person who added the driver’s license or state ID to the device can present it. Users do not need to unlock, show, or hand over their device to present their ID.

Security and Privacy

Wallet provides a convenient and more secure way to present driver’s licenses and state IDs, while offering superior security and privacy over a physical wallet.

  • Apple and the issuing states do not know when or where users present their IDs.
  • Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet take full advantage of the privacy and security built into iPhone and Apple Watch. Customers’ identity data is encrypted and protected against tampering and theft. Biometric authentication using Face ID and Touch ID ensures that only the person who added the ID to the device can view or present their ID or license in Wallet.
  • Driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet are only presented digitally through encrypted communication directly between the device and the identity reader, so users do not need to unlock, show, or hand over their device.
  • If a user misplaces their iPhone or Apple Watch, they can use the Find My™ app to lock their device and help locate it, or remotely erase a device.
  • Apple’s mobile ID implementation supports the ISO 18013-5 mDL (mobile driver’s license) standard which Apple has played an active role in the development of, and which sets clear guidelines for the industry around protecting consumers’ privacy when presenting an ID or driver’s license through a mobile device.

States Across the Country See Benefits of IDs in Wallet

States across the country are looking forward to the superior security and convenience that driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet provide to them and their users.

“Arizona is at the leading edge of states making mobile IDs available to the public, and we are pleased to work with Apple and give Arizonans the choice, convenience, and security of adding their driver’s license to their Apple Wallet,” said Eric Jorgensen, director of the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division. “Beyond being innovative and exciting, a digital version of a driver’s license offers increased security and privacy for our residents, making it something everyone should consider.”

“We’re excited to bring a new addition to our state’s modernization efforts that will make our residents’ lives easier, and keep their identities secure through the use of mobile driver’s licenses in Apple Wallet,” said Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont. “We’re pleased to be one of the first states working with Apple to deploy driver’s licenses and state identification cards in Apple Wallet, and we’re looking forward to taking the next steps to make sure this new feature benefits our residents.”

“Georgia is a national leader when it comes to the safety and security of its driver and identity credentialing process, with more than 99 percent of Georgians REAL ID compliant, and the state of Georgia is equally as committed to safety and security through our mobile driver’s licensing (mDL) efforts with Apple,” said Spencer R. Moore, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services. “Together, we will deliver customer convenience through touchless identity verification and enhanced security and privacy protection through technology. We are honored to work with Apple as an initial adopter for such a revolutionary customer experience. A state-issued credential has become the standard for which institutions of all sectors use as a trusted source of identity proofing. The identity proofing bar has been raised significantly thanks to Apple and innovative states like Georgia.”

“We are glad to see Apple advance the acceptance of mobile driver’s licenses by offering a secure and convenient way to present a mobile driver’s license with Apple Wallet,” said Melissa Gillett, director of the Iowa Motor Vehicle Division. “Privacy and security have been at the forefront of our mobile driver’s license development process and we appreciate Apple’s proven reputation in these areas, as well as the shared commitment to following the ISO 18013-5 standard.”

“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is excited to be leading the pack through this innovative collaboration with Apple to further deliver on our pledge to take driver licensing to the next level,” said Matt Cole, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Vehicle Regulation. “The potential for mobile driver’s licenses is limitless, and we look forward to taking steps to continue to offer modern conveniences to Kentuckians while maintaining our unwavering commitment to security and privacy.”

“Maryland is proud to be a leader once again in safe innovation with the implementation of mobile driver’s licenses,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. “As we look to the future, we are committed to enhancing convenience and accessibility while maintaining the highest safety and security standards for our state and citizens.”

“We are excited to work with Apple on mobile IDs in Apple Wallet. This innovative project is yet another example of the momentum we are building as a state in our continued efforts to be a national leader in the digital transformation space,” said Jerry Moore, CIO of the state of Oklahoma.

“Utah has always been a forward-looking state. We regularly hear from people who want to access their driver license through their phones,” said Jess Anderson, commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety. “This is a great opportunity for Utah to work with Apple in an innovative use of technology. This secure mobile license adds convenience while helping keep Utah safe.”

Participating states and the TSA will share more information at a later date about when support for mobile driver’s licenses and state IDs in Wallet will be available in each state, and which TSA airport security checkpoints and select lanes it will be available at first.

Belarus launches ePassport and eID project

Belarus launches ePassport and eID project

Starting from 1 September 2021, Belarusian citizens are able to receive new biometric identity documents – ePassport and eID card.

The Republic of Belarus will be issuing ePassports and eID cards to its citizens from the beginning of September. The complete citizen identity electronic document system, including collection, processing and storing of biometric and other personal data, de-duplication check, data validation, eID document personalization, digital signature of stored data and issuance of biometric documents, was successfully delivered to Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus by a consortium led by Emperor Technology (EmpTech), a world leading secure ID solution and service provider. Working with EmpTech is X Infotech, a global provider of software solutions for issuance and verification of electronic identity documents.

EmpTech, the consortium lead, with its innovative end-to-end electronic document issuance solutions, proposed the Belarussian end user the most advanced secured document issuance systems, including Desktop and Mobile Biometric Enrolment Terminals, eID and ePassport Personalization Machines as well as Document Issuance Devices. With EmpTech MLP (Multi-Layer Personalization) technology and the cutting-edge ICAO compliant biometric enrolment solutions, the consortium is extremely confident it will secure the Belarusian ePassports and eID cards with its advanced security features during personalization.

X Infotech supplied the end-to-end software system dedicated to ePassport and eID card issuance. This turnkey solution includes the ICAO compliant X Infotech components for Enrolment, Data Preparation, Chip Encoding, Quality Assurance, Integration Services, Secure PIN Manager, Personalization script, Personalization machine plugins, Document Registry, Document Issuance, Case Management, Identity Management, ABIS, Production Management, Stock Management, Authorization Server, Log Server, Monitoring Server and Reporting Server. 

Additionally, X Infotech delivered Public Key Infrastructure (ICAO PKI) for the creation, storage and distribution of digital certificates for eID cards and ePassports deploying X Infotech Document Signer, Document Verifier and Terminal Control Centre components to Belarussian authorities. This high-quality solution ensures data secure storage on document chip, being both protected and digitally signed as well verified on border control stations.

Nearly 9 million citizens of Republic of Belarus will receive completely new biometric identity documents. 

“This has been a great milestone for both the Republic of Belarus and EmpTech consortium partners. We are deeply honored for the confidence and trust which the Belarussian government has placed in us and we are proud to have successfully delivered this important project,” said Sean Zheng, CEO, EmpTech. “Not only would the Belarusian ePassport, the eID would also be using the same personalization technology – the MLP developed by EmpTech. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Republic of Belarus government for the trust, confidence and faith in us. X Infotech, an invaluable member of the team, has worked extremely hard for this project to ensure its success and timely delivery. I also like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the team for their hard work.”

“This project is a significant step forward for the electronic government ecosystem deployment in the Republic of Belarus, which allows all the Belarussian nation to be most modern and secure while allowing remote transactions with government and other institutions by utilizing brand new technological mechanisms,” said Sergey Yeliseyev, X Infotech Business Development Director for Government eID. “We are extremely proud by being part of this important project and we express great gratitude to Belarussian authorities for that. We appreciate the level of trust to X Infotech from our partners: Emperor Technology and RUE “Cryptotech” of Goznak as well all the government authorities involved into the project including, but not limited by Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Communications and Informatization, Ministry of Finance, Operational and Analytical Center under the President of the Republic of Belarus (OAC). We look forward to see how brand-new e-services and possibilities will be provided for every citizen of Belarus.”

Entersekt adds BankID to its secure platform

Entersekt adds BankID to its secure platform

Entersekt has partnered with BankID to provide Norwegian banks with secure in-app and browser authentication, supporting requirements for digital identity, e-signatures and strong customer authentication on a single platform.

“Including the Norwegian e-ID on our security and authentication platform gives Norwegian banks the opportunity to work with a single partner for all their authentication needs, including biometrics, app security, and passwordless login features,” says Frans Labuschagne, Vice President Channel Partnerships at Entersekt. “Consolidating our offering to include BankID opens the door for banks to fast-track their digital enablement journeys. It can help them reach and acquire customers, launch innovative new services, and multiply revenue streams while meeting compliance obligations with confidence – all via a single platform,” he adds.

Norwegian banks have been working together since 2000 to deliver a secure digital identity for their customers. Today, 4.3 million Norwegians make use of BankID as their primary means to identify themselves, give consent or authorise transactions.

The collaboration between BankID and Entersekt enables Norwegian banks to onboard customers using BankID, adhering to all Know Your Customer and Anti Money Laundering (KYC/AML) requirements. It also enables the use of BankID for verifying electronic signatures.

The addition of BankID to the Entersekt Secure Platform is timely as the EU moves toward greater cross-border support of interoperable electronic IDs. “We are delighted to be working with our new BankID-partner Entersekt,” says Eva Sandberg, Head of Sales at BankID. “Our collaboration aligns perfectly with the goal for countries across the EU to continue facilitating support for digital identities. Working with a leader in device identity and customer authentication like Entersekt positions us well for the future.”

“Knowing that our platform can securely support countries’ identity schemes perfectly positions us to help banks and other organizations relying on e-ID across the region,” Labuschagne concludes.

In addition to the benefits associated with the BankID partnership, Entersekt’s track record in customer authentication can also help banks leverage other leading solutions, like FIDO authentication.

 

Identity Week 2021 to focus on ID verticals

Identity Week 2021 to focus on ID verticals

Prominent governmental speakers and senior industry identity experts are set to give attendees at the upcoming Identity Week 2021 an unprecedented level of insight into the post-COVID digital identity landscape.

The industry-leading event’s return to an in-person conference at the ExCeL Centre on 22-23 September will feature some of the greatest minds in the identity space live, and they’ll be sharing their vision for the future of identification, verification and authentication.

“Identity Week 2021 is just around the corner, and we are going to be back with a bang,” lead conference organiser, M Hassan, told IdentityWeek.net. “We are exploring the trends in document fraud, the developments in Mobile ID as well as assessing and reflecting on document security innovations”.

Identity in the verticals

For the first time, the event will look at the ID space from the perspective of verticals such as Health, Retail and Travel, added M Hassan.

“ID in Health will look at verifiable health credentials, ID in Retail will explore the use of digital identity in ecommerce to prevent fraud, and ID in Travel will delve into the role of biometrics and contactless technologies in opening up travel while efficiently inhibiting international criminal activity.”

Enterprise identity

Identity and Access Management will also be a key theme, with a focus on the value of Zero Trust Frameworks as well as artificial intelligence. Digital onboarding will be explored from the perspective of both customers and citizens. We’ll also look into the future potential for decentralised identity in enabling a safer way to managing use of personal digital identities.

Keynotes include Nick Godfrey, Head of CISO Office, Google Cloud, and Rod Boothby, Global Head of Identity, Santander.

Sessions such as “Inclusion in the ID Ecosystem: Who needs help and how?”, will feature Jim Purves, Head of Identity Solutions, Post Office and Nick Mothershaw, CEO, Open Identity Exchange.

Meanwhile, a panel on “Leveraging Digital identity as the key to digital transformation within financial services,” will feature Shiv Aggarwal, European Lead, Global Blockchain Association”.

For more information on attending, see here.

Veridium works with NIST on contactless tech

Veridium works with NIST on contactless tech

In March 2021, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released Special Publication 500-334, which provides guidance on implementing the technology that allows the use of contactless fingerprints acquired via the camera in mobile devices (e.g., an Android or iOS mobile phone) to be stored, transmitted, and matched against legacy fingerprint databases operated by law enforcement and border protection services. Together with NIST and other industry partners, Veridium, a leader in the development of user-centric authentication solutions, is proud to have played an important role in supporting this guidance by helping NIST develop, measure, and test contactless fingerprint technologies, enabling wide deployment and interoperation with existing backend services.

Charles Kolodgy, Principal at Security Mindsets, said, “NIST’s best practice recommendation advances the use of contactless captured friction ridge imagery for quick and verifiable identification. At the same time stakeholders have a choice to incorporate this new model of contactless capture while preserving the integrity and separation of the legacy friction ridge infrastructure.”

In many instances, fingerprints are required to verify your identity to access critical services, enter secure areas like airport terminals, or assume a trusted job like airline pilot or healthcare provider in a hospital. Fingerprints play a critical role because they are highly unique (even amongst twins). Until recently, however, only specialized equipment could be used to acquire fingerprints. Standards developed in the 1980s are still being used to certify devices around the world including single finger readers, glass-plate “slap” readers and conductive metal surface readers – all of which require physical contact of your finger and hands to touch, press and acquire fingerprint information.

Contactless mobile fingerprint capture eliminates specialized hardware because much of the process can be performed on your own device. It also enhances privacy as there is no need for collection and storage by a chain of intermediary service providers. Your device can communicate directly with the trusted identity service that purges the data after verification.

Veridium CTO, Dr. John Callahan, said, “We are proud to participate in the NIST Contactless Fingerprint CRADA since 2015. The new standards open many new doors as many countries around the globe require fingerprints for access to social services from remote and underserved areas. Contactless acquisition makes this possible with the use of existing mobile services, without requiring specialized hardware.”

Veridium’s 4 Fingers technology is leading the way in the acquisition of high-quality contactless fingerprint capture and matching. The new standard from NIST opens up new applications for the use of high-quality contactless fingerprints (e.g. remote identity verification, remote employee and contractor onboarding, account recovery, know your customer (KYC), know your applicant, etc.), especially important in an era of digital first and self-service centric interactions. Before today, individuals had to physically report to a fingerprinting facility operated by a vendor or local police department. With Veridium 4 Fingers, you can use your mobile phone to satisfy this requirement remotely, any time, anywhere.

Veridium CEO, Ismet Geri, said, “We are proud to help advance the state of contactless biometric acquisition and matching. Veridium 4 Fingers, along with vFace, Veridium’s facial recognition platform, provides a device agnostic mechanism to use biometrics for strong passwordless authentication in addition to identity verification.” Geri further stated, “Looking forward, Veridium and its partners are working on creating more applications of our technology for fast matching between a live capture and NFC-enabled passport, crypto-biometric key management for cryptocurrency wallets, anti human-trafficking control using infield biometric validation, and wilderness border crossing and checkpoint validation against known watchlists.”

 

Alcatraz AI announces partnership with Switched On Space

Alcatraz AI announces partnership with Switched On Space

Alcatraz AI, the leader in physical security technologies, has announced today that they are partnering with Switched On Space, an information technology and services company, to bring autonomous access control to international markets. This new strategic partnership with Switched On Space will provide greater exposure and expand Alcatraz AI’s facial authentication solutions to create safe spaces in buildings to the growing UK and Europe markets.

Alcatraz AI’s facial authentication solution combines advanced AI and 3D sensing technologies that provide facilities with enterprise-grade identity authentication needed to secure who can access a space. Its state-of-the-art security features include touchless and multi-factor authentication, video at the door, and intelligent tailgating detection. Its access control solution, The Rock, effectively detects tailgating and sends “real-time alerts” if an unauthorized person enters, and it sends real-time notifications to ACS/VMS, making spaces safe and secure.

“Switched on Space provides the best-in-class technology and top-class security solutions to their clients in the UK  and Europe. Alcatraz AI will now achieve a broader customer base in the UK and European market,” said Tina D’Agostin, CEO of Alcatraz AI. “We are thrilled to work with Switched On Space, as they are as passionate as we are about utilizing new technologies to create smart buildings.”

“We are excited to announce our partnership with Alcatraz AI as this will vastly improve our overall security systems here in the UK as well as throughout Europe,” said Gaby Fraser, Project Manager of Switched On Space. “We believe that this technology will improve our world, environment, and our lives. Given the recent events of the past year, it is now more important than ever to navigate spaces safely. Alcatraz AI achieves the perfect fit for us and what we are trying to achieve with our technology.”

Imprivata and Microsoft to unveil digital ID solutions

Imprivata and Microsoft to unveil digital ID solutions

Imprivata, a digital identity company for healthcare, today announced the availability of two of its flagship digital identity solutions on Microsoft Azure. The expansion of Imprivata OneSign and Imprivata Confirm ID to the cloud fortifies the company’s focus on advancing digital transformation efforts for healthcare organizations looking to enhance security and clinical efficiency with cloud scalability. Additionally, it builds on Imprivata’s existing collaboration with Microsoft, which include its identity governance solution for Microsoft Azure and Healthcare Seamless SSO, among others.

“We’re pleased to extend our digital identity capabilities to the cloud while deepening our partnership with Microsoft,” said Gus Malezis, CEO at Imprivata. “Through Imprivata OneSign and Confirm ID, healthcare organizations can securely and conveniently access clinical applications and patient information both inside and outside of the hospital, and from any device, so they can focus on what matters most: delivering high quality patient care.”

With a simple badge-tap or fingerprint scan, Imprivata OneSign for Microsoft Azure enables healthcare organizations to deliver SSO from any device and any location for every end-user, with fast and secure access to on-premises, legacy, and SAML 2.0 cloud apps from private or shared workstations, virtual desktops, and mobile devices.

Imprivata Confirm ID provides comprehensive identity proofing, credential enrollment, and recordkeeping to meet DEA requirements for EPCS while delivering fast, secure, and seamless multifactor authentication for all workflows via flexible options such as Hands-Free Authentication, push token notifications, and biometrics.

“This latest collaboration with Imprivata takes us one step further in our continued push to help healthcare advance its digital transformation journey through tight integrations that fit the unique needs of our hybrid healthcare customers,” said Randy Nale, Director, US Healthcare Industry Solutions at Microsoft. “We look forward to working with Imprivata as we continue to innovate to provide joint digital identity solutions that are purpose-built for hybrid healthcare.”

The solutions are available now via Imprivata or, as a managed-service offering, from its partner, Coretek Services, a systems integration, IT consulting, and managed services firm. Coretek CTO Brian Barnes said, “Coretek’s strategic partnership with Imprivata and ‘born in the cloud’ service offerings combine the power of Microsoft Azure for agility, security, and scale.”

FPC seals biometric payment card partnership in India

FPC seals biometric payment card partnership in India

Swedish biometrics company, Fingerprint Cards  and Seshaasai, a smart card manufacturer in India with a commanding APAC presence, have entered into an agreement to develop, launch, market, and sell contactless biometric payment cards in India and APAC. The card will feature Fingerprints’ T-Shape® module and software platform, which has ultra-low power consumption and is tailored to be integrated in payment cards using standard automated manufacturing processes.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Seshaasai, being a leading and award-winning card manufacturer, and one of the best tech brands in the BFSI space in India. This collaboration will bring consumers in India a more secure, safe and easy payment experience”, says Michel Roig, SVP Business Line Payments & Access at Fingerprints.

India had 25.5 billion real time payment transactions in 2020, more than any other country in the world, and digital payment is estimated to account for 71 percent of overall payment volumes by 2025. According to the Reserve Bank of India there were 906 million debit cards and 62 million credit cards in circulation in June 2021. Contactless and digital payments are growing fast in India, as consumers are choosing touch-free, safe and seamless ways to pay. Adding biometrics to the contactless payment card will increase the security needed to remove the cap, currently at Rs 5,000 (approx. €57), completely and allow for hygienic and worriless contactless payments for all transactions.

“We selected Fingerprints’ biometric solution as they have the leading technology in the market. It offers proven biometric performance and the lowest power consumption, features which are of the highest importance for contactless biometric cards. Introducing biometric payment cards offers great benefits for banks, merchants and consumers alike, as contactless payments in India and APAC continue to grow quickly, especially in the post-covid world“, says Pragnyat Lalwani, Founder Director, Seshaasai.