FacePhi launches digital identity platform

FacePhi launches digital identity platform

FacePhi is taking the definitive leap towards leadership in digital identity verification with this multi-biometric, single solution recognition platform, which will be presented at Money20/20 Las Vegas, the largest fintech event in the world. The Spanish firm has launched its new modular platform, FacePhi Identity Platform, a flexible solution capable of combining different biometric solutions within the same tool and available in different architectures, with which to offer greater adaptability to needs in terms of regulatory compliance and particular requirements of any country, industry or use case where it is applied.

The development of this customisable, codeless platform represents an important evolution for the company, which moves from providing individual biometric solutions to providing a tool that allows each company or public entity to design, in a customised way and according to their needs, their digital onboarding processes and authentication. This modular solution incorporates control of operations in real time, a dashboard with the most important performance indicators (KPIs), as well as a record of transactions and statistics, among other functions.

The increase in cybersecurity and greater protection for the user in their digital interactions is another of the highlightable aspects of the FacePhi Identity Platform. Thanks to its combination of different biometric solutions, the platform offers authentication through multiple factors, and is more effective against fraud attempts and identity theft. Furthermore, continuing the philosophy of ‘ethical biometrics’ promoted by the company, the recognition performed by the technology will always continue to be consented to by the user and their information will be treated with maximum privacy -and in accordance with the applicable data protection legislation.

“The development of a multibiometric platform is a natural evolution for FacePhi, both because of our experience in designing different biometric solutions for identity verification and because of the change that our society is experiencing in its relationship with the digital environment,” explains Javier Mira, President and CEO of FacePhi. “In an increasingly digitised world, people need to interact with companies and public administrations more quickly, comfortably and safely, with the guarantee that their personal information will always be processed appropriately and with their prior consent. Our modular platform responds to the need to adapt to all types of casuistry and users, offering a flexible model that allows accessibility to various regions, industries and use cases.”

FacePhi is currently in an important moment of expansion, with the consolidation of its presence in South Korea, maintaining a strong leadership in its sector in Latin America and entering new markets such as Chile, Vietnam and Nigeria. In parallel, the company has grown in its structure, doubling its team of professionals in 2020 and currently employing more than 150 people. In the last year, the Spanish firm has also initiated a change in its marketing model through partners of great international relevance, expanding its ability to enter new markets and sectors.

After the presentation of its latest product, the company will remain at Money20/20 until the close of the current edition, which is being held in Las Vegas and will run until October 27th

Totm Technologies completes strategic investment in TECH5

Totm Technologies completes strategic investment in TECH5

Totm Technologies and Tech5 SA hereby jointly announce that Totm Technologies has completed the US$8.0 million investment by way of subscription of new shares in the capital of TECH5 as well as exercise its rights to convert the US$2.5 million convertible loan into new shares in TECH5. With the completion of these transactions, Totm Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Mr Pierre Prunier, has been appointed as a director on the board of TECH5.

Mr. Pierre Prunier, Chief Executive Office and Executive Director of Totm Technologies, said, “We are excited to consummate this strategic relationship with TECH5 as it enters the next phase of its strategic expansion. This is a significant milestone for the Group as we are one step closer towards becoming a leading expert in Identity Management Solutions. TECH5 has made significant headways year-to-date, we look forward to

supporting TECH5 as it continues to build upon its rich technical capabilities and product offerings. We believe that by harnessing the synergies between Totm Technologies and TECH5, our well-established brands, greater geographic diversification and access to a larger global user base will put us on a faster growth trajectory.”

Mr. Machiel van der Harst, Co-Founder and CEO of TECH5, said “We are delighted to announce the expansion of our partnership with Totm Technologies as Totm Group becomes a technology hub for prospective biometric technologies and solutions. We are looking forward to build a strong partnership and develop innovative solutions taking advantage of the synergies within the group, as well as increase brand awareness of our companies.”

Op-ed: Unpacking the PC’s potential – Biometric quality for digital transformation

Op-ed: Unpacking the PC’s potential – Biometric quality for digital transformation

By Ted Hansson, Fingerprint Cards, SVP Business Line Mobile

Within a growing PC and laptop market fueled by changing digital trends, devices sitting at the upper end of performance are often found in the workplace. Here, PCs – both personal and shared – support complex uses and diverse professions. From accountants to doctors, CEOs to software engineers, whether they are in the office or working remotely, all rely on digital infrastructure. And security is paramount.

Increasingly common flexible working arrangements are exposing vulnerabilities as 84% of IT and security decision makers report an increase in digital attacks. In 2020, the average cost of a breach was $3.86 million and, in 2021, cyber-attacks will cost organizations $6 trillion.

Biometrics and Zero Trust

In response, as many as three quarters of organizations are turning towards a Zero Trust approach underpinned by logical access control. This requires continuous digital ID validation rather than one-off authentication with network credentials. The challenge is to achieve this without hindering the user experience.

Biometrics is helping PC manufacturers and platforms keep pace with these requirements, while increasing security and convenience for enterprises and users. This applies whether they are used as part of a standalone digital access solution, or alongside traditional methods as part of a multi factor authentication approach.

So, how can the biometrics sector play their part in supporting organizations integrate the technology into their workflows?

Only the best: A quality-first approach to PC biometrics

Within digital transformation strategies, IT decision makers focus heavily on hardware specifications. Power, performance, memory, durability, ergonomics…all these factors combine to drive productivity.

PC biometrics must fall in line with this pursuit of perfection to add value and tackle some of the myths and misconceptions that have developed. By achieving this, the IT sector can pave a smoother path towards ‘Zero Trust’. But what does biometric quality look like?

Performance: is the solution convenient and reliable?

As with any innovation, a key question amongst users is: “will it work?”. The same is true for biometrics.

In the early days of PC biometrics, users were left unimpressed. Adoption did not follow. Users faced high false rejection rates (FRR), where the correct fingerprint is presented and not accepted. This was not a good user experience back then, nor would it support the continuous authentication needed for Zero Trust now.

Over the years, extensive R&D in sensor technology has transformed sensors, increased stability and minimized false rejection rates. Supported by increasingly sophisticated matching and authentication algorithms, sensors now also work in a variety of different settings, such as 360-degree recognition, to even reading wet, damaged, and aged fingers.

Compared to older PC biometrics, FRR*s are now less than three in every 100 uses, sometimes lower. This delivers quick, effective, and consistent authentication, fit for the enterprise.

Security: how does it resist hacks and spoofs?

With security a key priority, resisting hacking is another priority area for the biometrics sector.

Scalable attacks occur when PINs and passwords are compromised, by hacks or even by a shoulder surfer prowling for credentials. However, with biometrics, enterprises can rest easy thanks to presentation attack detection and resistance to spoofing. So, what do PC makers and businesses need to know?

A common myth: ‘biometric sensors capture an image of my fingerprint’. This misleads users into believing that they can be spoofed easily. In reality, biometric sensors capture and store a mathematical binary (1s and 0s) representation of the user’s information. Storing data as template code means information cannot be reverse engineered by hackers. On top of this, templates can be made specific to each device, further reducing the risk.

While nothing is ‘unbreakable’, successful spoofing is extremely rare, expensive and take place with willing targets and controlled lab settings.

Privacy: how are the users protected?

In the age of data privacy, many consumers are concerned about how their data is captured, stored and used. Although use of biometrics is on the rise, it has not escaped these worries, and presents another key point of quality.

Centralized biometric databases are a source of anxiety for users, with 38% of consumers having worries. This could put users off, and derail enterprise digital transformation plans that incorporate biometric technology. To help bring biometrics to the workplace, solution providers can complement the Zero Trust architecture by adopting a ‘privacy by design’ approach.

By using the on-device approach, whereby biometric data is captured, securely stored, matched and authenticated within the device, the need for a centralized database or any cloud involvement disappears. This supports enterprise digital transformation in two ways. Firstly, it reveals uses’ fears that their data will be stored in hackable cloud databases. Secondly, by avoiding a centralized database, a significant enterprise management and financial burden is removed, supporting the commercial viability of PC biometrics in a digital transformation strategy.

Driving digital transformation

Organizations face a difficult balancing act with digital transformation as they aim to protect employees and their digital spaces while drive productivity. Integrating biometrics into the workflow through PCs is a golden opportunity and could be a significant step in achieving a workable Zero Trust posture against growing cyber security threats.

To support change in this area, biometric solution providers and PC makers can prioritize quality to tackle myths and misconceptions around reliability, security and privacy. A useful starting point is capitalizing on the years of innovation to evolve biometrics for PCs to become a familiar, trusted authentication tool in the same way it has become for smartphones.

Op-ed: Cybersecurity demands proactive design thinking

Op-ed: Cybersecurity demands proactive design thinking

By Ralf Wintergerst, Group CEO of Giesecke+Devrient 

Cybercrime has become an everyday threat for both private companies and public institutions. However, the annual European Cyber Security Month, which takes place in October, is another reminder that there is still far too little investment in the prevention and defense against cyberattacks. In many cases, cybersecurity is still seen as a nuisance. But there is an urgent need for action in this area. After all, cyber security can be a growth driver in the digital age.

Every area of our lives is somehow connected to the digital space. Today, we assume that there exist 30 billion digitally connected devices worldwide – in five years, that number is expected to lie closer to 75 billion. This digitalization push provides us with enormous added value, but it comes at a price. Securing this so-called “massive connectivity” from cyberattacks is therefore emerging as the central pillar in making our society and economy less vulnerable.

Nevertheless, cybersecurity is still often seen as a pesky chore. Yet in such a digital world, companies and institutions should not only to react situationally to attacks, but rather actively analyze threat situations and derive concepts from them at an early stage. That way, organizations can ensure the protection of their systems and the continuity of operations.

Additionally, new trend technologies are regularly entering the market, many of which will be decisive for technological development and the leading economic role. Whether it’s cloud computing, edge computing, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence or, in the future, quantum computing, data security and cyber resilience are fundamental parts of organization and business models.

“Cybersecurity has moved to the center of corporate and political attention,” explains Ralf Wintergerst, CEO of Giesecke+Devrient. “This is not surprising, as incidents like those concerning Kaseya or Solarwinds regularly leave us holding our breath. That is why it should become standard to spend from 15 to 20 percent of the IT budget on increasing IT security, both for companies and government institutions. However, it is just as important to be able to switch from defense mode to active design mode when it comes to security. We need to be active on many fronts.”

To actively counter this situation, a holistic approach to cybersecurity is needed, one which takes all of these changes into account and defines prevention strategies. These well-designed defenses at the corporate and institutional level are the basis, but will not be enough. They must be accompanied by a European initiative that establishes cybersecurity as an all-encompassing concept. There are already many ideas for this, created by both government and private players. The GDPR, which was established two years ago, is the first step in this direction. But Europe needs more. Namely its own, possibly state-supported concept for increasing cyber security and cyber resilience. This way, companies and institutions within the continent can join forces to make themselves strong against latent threats from outside

Identity Week Asia reveals first speakers

Identity Week Asia reveals first speakers

The organisers of the industry-leading event Identity Week Asia have revealed the first speakers that will feature at the show, which is streaming live on 16 – 17 November 2021.

Abhishek Ranjan, Chief Technology Officer, Csc E-Governance Services, Ministry Of Electronics And Information Technology India will feature at the event as will Anir Chowdhury, Policy Advisor, a2i Programme, ICT Division and the Cabinet Division of the Government of Bangladesh.

Senior Regional Immigration and Border Management (IBM) Specialist Donato Colucci, from the International Organization for Migration, and Dakota Gruener, Executive Director, ID2020, have also been confirmed.

Key agenda topics at the event include:

  • SECURE AND SEAMLESS TRAVEL
  • CITIZEN IDENTITY LIFECYCLE
  • BUILDING NATIONAL IDENTITY INITIATIVES
  • SECURE CREDENTIALS DESIGN
  • HUMANITARIAN ID AND FINANCIAL INCLUSION
  • FUTURE IAM
  • DIGITAL ONBOARDING
  • STRONG AUTHENTICATION SOLUTIONS
  • DIGITAL IDENTITY STANDARDS
  • SECURITY, TRUST AND PRIVACY ONLINE

It is possible to secure a place here. If you wish to position your organisation as a market leader please contact Janine Bill on: j.bill@sciencemediapartners.com.

Only a limited number of sponsorships are available, noted the organisers.

Russian Railways self-service terminals using Smart ID Engine

Russian Railways self-service terminals using Smart ID Engine

Russian Railways self-service terminals use advanced Smart Engines technologies to sell tickets for long-distance trains. The integration of the Smart ID Engine software product for passport scanning into terminals simplifies the routine procedure of manually entering passenger personal data and speeds up the ticket sales process. The project of creating a network of terminals currently has more than 300 units operating on the railways of Russia and Kazakhstan. The project integrator is JSC Transinfoset.

An AI-based software for data capture of a passenger’s passport was integrated into a new generation of self-service transaction terminals (SSTT). The first samples of terminals were installed at the Leningradsky railway station in Moscow, Russia. Russian Railways plans to expand its SSTT fleet, primarily by equipping the most visited railway stations in Russia with intelligent terminals. Smart Engines is developing energy-efficient algorithms for scanning identity documents integrated into the SSTT. The high-speed Smart ID Engine detects the passenger’s passport and automatically enters the data into the required form fields to issue a ticket. Thus, the passenger no longer needs to enter the passport details on his own, making the ticket buying process six times faster by reducing the time spent on the manual data entry.

With secure and fast scanning of international passports of more than 210 countries and Russia, citizens of the Russian Federation and travelers from other countries can quickly purchase a ticket. Smart ID Engine ensures the security of document processing, simplifying entering passport data and reducing the likelihood of errors during manual filling. Flagship Smart Engines technologies are GDPR and CCPA compliant. Passenger data is extracted and analyzed in local RAM, and passenger data is not saved or transferred to third-party services.

“The accelerated deployment of contactless services and equipment for process optimization over the past years indicates its significance. Manual entry of passport data when issuing a ticket is a routine procedure. That’s why the process of purchasing tickets should be as convenient as possible for Russian Railways passengers. According to our estimates, implementing the Smart ID Engine software product will increase the usability and economic return of self-service terminals”, comments Alexander Galaktionov, General Director of JSC Transinfoset.

“Smart Engines is pleased to become a part of the innovative projects of Transinfoset and aims to further cooperation. The creation of new generation self-service terminals with scanning Russian and foreign passports data will mark a new stage in the ticket sales at railway stations after the automation of ticket offices using smart scanners”, says Vladimir Arlazarov, CEO of Smart Engines, Ph.D.

Survery finds 72% of financial institutions fear account takeover fraud

Survery finds 72% of financial institutions fear account takeover fraud

BioCatch, a global leader in behavioral biometrics, has announced the release of 2021 Fraud Transformation Survey: Detecting and Preventing Emerging Schemes a study independently conducted and prepared by Information Security Media Group. Based on a global survey of financial institutions, the report reveals the fraud threats creating the most concern and financial impact, the changing role of fraud management within organizations, and the business challenges driving investment in new fraud prevention technologies.

Some of the key highlights of the report include:

  • Account takeover cited as the fraud threat causing the most concern among 72% of global financial institutions surveyed. Other top fraud threats cited include phishing, synthetic ID fraud and social engineering scams. These threats are also the same ones identified by respondents as having the most financial impact over the last year.
  • 1 in 2 financial institutions cite loss of productivity as the biggest non-financial impact of fraud.
  • 47% of responders state lack of visibility into risks introduced by new digital technologies as a top fraud management challenge.
  • 2 out of 3 of financial institutions expect to increase their investment in anti-fraud resources.

“While the industry has made great strides in protecting consumers from cybercrime, the risk of fraud continues to take a heavy toll on financial institutions and the clients they serve,” said Raj Dasgupta, Director of Fraud Strategy at BioCatch. “There is still much more work to be done to combat account takeover and other forms of fraud, and the study confirms the industry has placed behavioral biometrics at the forefront of investment in the coming year.”

The report also revealed customer experience is becoming as equally important to financial institutions as managing the bottom line from fraud losses. Among financial institutions surveyed, 62 percent cited making customers feel secure as a top priority for investing in fraud prevention technology. This highlights the changing role of fraud management within financial institutions and its evolution to a business issue that involves multiple stakeholders with one in two financial institutions noting digital channel business leaders as a top influencer in fraud management decisions.

Two out of three financial institutions expect an increased investment in fraud management resources with behavioral biometrics and analytics, transaction analysis and monitoring, and device ID and intelligence cited as the top three fraud prevention technologies slated for investment over the next 18 months.

The survey polled fraud and cyber security professionals at more than 175 financial institutions across the globe. All regions were featured with half of respondents from the U.S. and Canada, 18 percent from the UK and Europe and 14 percent from Latin America. The survey was conducted between July 1 and August 20, 2021.

Download the full report.

NIST test rates Cognitec’s face recognition algorithm highly

 Algorithm development at Cognitec continues to engineer the  optimal balance between speed and accuracy of face matching processes.  

The latest results of the U.S. NIST Face Recognition Vendor Test for identification tasks show the  Cognitec algorithm in the best position of all algorithms when relating the template generation  time to the false negative identification rate (miss rate) for mugshot databases. 

The identification test addresses the largest market for face recognition applications, including  detection of duplicates in image databases, and fraud detection during passport and driver’s  license applications. These tests apply a very high matching threshold, where only 0.3 % (3/1000)  of probes without a mate in the gallery produce a false hit—one of the most difficult face  recognition tasks.  

“We are proud to also see significant accuracy advances in comparison to the algorithm we  submitted to the last test in early 2021,” says Dr. Thorsten Thies, Director of Algorithm  Development. “For the test with 12 Million mugshot images, Cognitec achieved rank 24 of 165  algorithms with a match rate of 98.5 %. In the test with 1.6 Million mugshots, with a 99.4 % match  rate, we ranked 26 of 299 algorithms. These results show remarkable performance consistency, regardless of database size.” 

The September 2021 test evaluates matching algorithms from 85 vendors. Cognitec submitted a  new algorithm with a revised face finder, called cognitec-005 in the report. 

Suprema launches X-Station 2 fingerprint model

Suprema launches X-Station 2 fingerprint model

Suprema, a global leader in biometric security and access control, announced the launch of an upgraded version of its X-Station 2 access control terminal, which now supports fingerprint authentication.

In May 2021, Suprema launched four models of X-Station 2, a next-generation “versatile intelligent terminal” that supports a variety of authentication methods from mobile access cards to RFID cards, QR codes and barcodes. The newest X-Station 2 model comes equipped with a fingerprint recognition module that provides more options for customers.

The main features of X-Station 2 include:

  • Support for various authentication methods such as mobile access, QR codes, fingerprints, and RFID cards
  • Fraud prevention via authentication photos using a built-in camera
  • A convenient 4-inch touch screen
  • Up to 500,000 users can be stored and processed

Suprema CEO Hanchul Kim said, “With COVID-19 increasing the demand for smartphone-based, non-face-to-face solutions, we received good reviews following the original launch of our X-Station 2 mobile access authentication terminal. The newly launched X-Station 2 fingerprint model diversifies contactless authentication options to customers who use existing biometric information. They can now enjoy the same level of security performance while offering users the convenience and peace of mind that mobile access brings.”

 

Biometrics Institute celebrates 20-year anniversary

Biometrics Institute celebrates 20-year anniversary

The Biometrics Institute, the independent and impartial international membership organisation for biometric users and other interested parties, today celebrates its 20-year anniversary.

Established in 2001 to promote the responsible use of biometrics, the Institute’s mission has remained unchanged since its foundation, and this has become a widely accepted term. It’s founding members include the Australian Department of Home Affairs, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Australian Taxation Office, and the Australian Federal Police.

The Institute currently has over 220 membership organisations from 34 countries and enjoys support from banks, airlines, government agencies, biometric experts, privacy experts, suppliers, academics, United Nations agencies, IGOs and European Union institutions.

“We are very excited to mark the 20-year anniversary of the Biometrics Institute. This has provided us with the opportunity to showcase how Biometrics Institute Members have recognised the challenges and worked towards good practices to ensure responsible and ethical implementation”, said Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute.

The Institute’s Founder, Ted Dunstone added: “We are only at the beginning of the significant transformation that our industry is going to see. There is a lot more work to be done especially in those areas where biometrics are unregulated. As biometric technology development and adoption continues to move at high-speed, the Institute has created a strong basis for its community to address challenges for privacy and policy in a timely manner. We will continue to raise the bar and bring together diverse stakeholders to have a balanced discussion about what good biometrics use should look like.”

The Institute is celebrating its membership and impact with a special 20-year anniversary report to be launched at its Biometrics Institute Congress on the 13 October highlighting how biometrics have made a positive contribution to our world in the areas of privacy and policy; technology innovation; research and development; applications and case studies.

 

Socure appoints Digital ID leader

Socure appoints Digital ID leader

Socure, a leading provider of digital identity verification and fraud solutions, today announced that Matt Thompson has joined Socure as General Manager of Public Sector Solutions. In this executive leadership role, Thompson will accelerate Socure’s growth and enormous success by bringing private-sector best practices and industry-leading identity verification solutions to the public sector. Thompson is a recognized thought leader and innovator in the digital identity space, with a proven track record of successfully working with government agencies and leading large-scale digital transformation projects.

Prior to Socure, Thompson led IDEMIA’s Civil and Digital Identity Business in North America, where he led the company’s efforts to drive the industry-wide transition from physical to digital driver’s licenses. He is an innovator in the identity industry, having co-founded ID.me, where he led the company’s entrance into the public sector and healthcare industries. He has also been awarded three patents covering mobile biometric liveness detection, as well as tiered and third-party authentication.

Thompson joins Socure at an opportune time, as government online systems are heavily reliant on the ability to remotely and accurately verify the identities of citizens. But, as the pandemic drove citizens online, those systems failed on a massive scale with 2020 identity fraud losses in unemployment alone totaling $400B.

“I believe that identity is the driver of government digital transformation. The public sector continues to move more interactions online, while the proportion of those interactions that are risky is increasing and has been exacerbated by the pandemic. This isn’t a cresting wave — it is a rising flood of interactions, and the legacy ways of determining who is on the other end of an interaction for fraud prevention and inclusion aren’t sufficient,” said Thompson. “My goal is to replicate the success Socure has had in the commercial space into the public sector, because we have the industry’s most accurate and inclusive identity verification and fraud detection platform in the market to answer that need.”

Thompson also currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Kantara Initiative. The Kantara Initiative is the leading global community commons improving the trustworthy use of identity and personal data through innovation, standardization and good practice. He formerly served as the Chair of the Management Counsel for The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group in support of the Obama administration’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace.

“The entire Socure team is excited to partner with Matt to build the deep and long-lasting government partnerships that are required to solve the identity verification and fraud challenges that are rampant in the public sector today,” said Johnny Ayers, founder and CEO of Socure. “He brings a tremendous wealth of experience and market credibility to this role, and shares a personal vision that it’s our civic responsibility to be the first to equitably verify 100% of good identities in real-time, while completely eliminating identity fraud for every transaction on the internet.”

CBP expands Simplified Arrival to Sweetgrass, Eastport Ports of Entry

CBP expands Simplified Arrival to Sweetgrass, Eastport Ports of Entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the expansion of biometric facial comparison technology to the pedestrian border crossings at Sweetgrass and Eastport, Idaho, as part of CBP’s land border innovation efforts.

“I am pleased to announce the deployment of biometric facial comparison technology to these additional border crossings along the Northern Border,” said Seattle Director of Field Operations Brian Humphrey. “This enhanced technology will further secure and streamline travel while providing a safe, touchless identification process for travelers.”

Simplified Arrival is an enhanced international arrival process that uses facial biometrics to automate the manual document checks that are already required for admission into the United States. This process provides travelers with a secure, touchless travel experience while fulfilling a longstanding Congressional mandate to verify the entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens.

The biometric facial comparison process occurs only at a time and place where travelers are already required by law to verify their identity by presenting a travel document. When a traveler arrives at one of the pedestrian lanes or undergoes I-94 processing, he or she will pause for a photo at the primary inspection point. A CBP officer will review and query the travel document, which will retrieve the traveler’s passport or visa photo from government holdings and compare it to the new photo.

This enhanced process using facial biometrics only takes a few seconds and is more than 98 percent accurate. In addition, foreign travelers who have traveled to the United States previously may no longer need to provide fingerprints, as their identity will be confirmed through the touchless facial biometric process.

CBP is committed to its privacy obligations and has taken steps to safeguard the privacy of all travelers. CBP has employed strong technical security safeguards and has limited the amount of personally identifiable information used in the facial biometric process. New photos of U.S. citizens will be deleted within 12 hours. Photos of most foreign nationals will be stored in a secure U.S. Department of Homeland Security database.

U.S. travelers and select foreign nationals who are not required to provide biometrics and wish to opt out of the new facial biometric process may simply notify a CBP officer as they approach the primary inspection point and request a manual inspection. These travelers will be required to present a valid travel document for inspection by a CBP officer and will be processed consistent with long established processes for admission into the United States.

Simplified Arrival pairs one of the industry’s highest ranked facial comparison algorithms (as assessed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology) with trained CBP officers who are skilled at verifying the authenticity of travel documents. If a traveler cannot be matched to a photo on record using the Simplified Arrival process, the traveler will proceed through the traditional inspection process consistent with existing requirements for admission into the United States.

To date, more than 100 million travelers have participated in the biometric facial comparison process at air, land, and seaports of entry. Since September 2018, CBP has leveraged facial biometrics to prevent more than 950 imposters from illegally entering the United States by using genuine travel documents that were issued to other people.

Fingerprints’ new biometric PC solution integrated in the HONOR MagicBook V14

Fingerprints’ new biometric PC solution integrated in the HONOR MagicBook V14

Fingerprint Cards AB (Fingerprints) today announced that the company’s new biometric solution for the PC
market is integrated in the new HONOR MagicBook V14.

“I am very pleased with this product launch by HONOR, which demonstrates the positive trend in demand for
biometric authentication in consumer and enterprise PCs. Microsoft’s recent decision to allow all their users to completely remove the password from their accounts, in favor of using biometric authentication and
authenticator apps, will most likely further accelerate this trend. Fingerprints is poised for continued growth in
this segment, providing the perfect way to add convenient and secure authentication to PCs,” comments Ted
Hansson, Senior VP Business Line Mobile at Fingerprints.

Fingerprints expects strong growth in the PC segment, both in the short and in the long term, partly due to the fact that significantly more computers are sold now compared to pre-pandemic levels, but mainly because the share of PCs with fingerprint sensors is expected to increase significantly from today’s relatively low levels.

Thus far, Fingerprints has been awarded design wins with three of the world’s top five PC manufacturers.

Adaptive Recognition Case Study: Singaporean banks redefine the usage of ATMs

Adaptive Recognition Case Study: Singaporean banks redefine the usage of ATMs

ATMs have been part of our environment for such a long time that most of us cannot remember what is abbreviated by these three letters. It is the Automated Teller Machine, where we can take out cash from our bank accounts, without having an appointment in the bank office. We have been using these machines and never expected how much more these platforms could be capable of – if backed up with some innovation.

Quick project facts

  • Location: Singapore
  • Products: Combo Smart Kiosk passport reader
  • Key functionality: self-service customer verification
  • Year of installation: 2017-2020

ATM vs. VTM

To understand the future of ATMs, let’s define VTM first: it stands for Video Teller Machine – an ATM itself, but a smart one with live video connection, capable of extended functionality.

ID scanners in DBS ATM

DBS newsroom

VTMs provide round-the-clock branch banking services to customers, with the option of virtual teller assistance via live-video streaming. In addition to providing services such as balance enquiries, change of particulars and statement requests, the DBS/POSB VTMs are able to dispense internet banking security tokens and allow for customers to apply for debit cards and obtain them instantly.

In addition to the regular ATM functionality, you have all the mentioned extra services, and the only thing needed for getting access is:

  • having a video chat
  • identifying yourself at the machine

Self-service identification: ✓

We come in the picture at the identification phase, as our passport reader devices are integrated in the kiosk. These models are designed especially for built-in usage, offering a super-quick reading and authentication of local IDs and international passports. One of the advantages of such technology is the self-service usage: these scanners perfectly fit in the ATM / VTM procedure as anyone can use them and verify his / her identity within seconds, even without special expertise.

Combo Smart Kiosk passport reader

Combo Smart Kiosk Scanners

Smooth passenger flow – made possible by integrated, super-fast ID verification

  • Ideal for e-gate / kiosk integration
  • Designed for personal travel documents
  • Automatic data reading and verification
  • Self-service operation

This innovation lets the customers use services:

  • without scheduling an appointment
  • without waiting in the bank office
  • even when the bank is closed

Though it is a great benefit for customers, the bank had multiple motivations when implementing this function: including costs, too. In fact, the labor cost and the rent of office spaces are too expensive – and constantly increasing. This is also why the bank wanted to find ways to service their customers better without physically being in the bank premises during office hours. It turned out to be definitely a win-win: an easy service both for the bank and the customers.

 

More to come

This technology was first introduced by DBS Bank in Singapore, back in 2017, thanks to the powerful cooperation between Adaptive Recognition Singapore, GRG Banking and DBS Bank (including POSB Bank).

Since then, the innovation has affected others: a new roll-out is planned for 2020 by OCBC Bank, for example. In that project, we are proud to share with you, that the same Combo Smart Kiosk passport readers are used. Expect updates shortly, till then, learn more about the project from this video:

Smart Engines’ ID scanning tech used by Royal Caribbean Group

Smart Engines’ ID scanning tech used by Royal Caribbean Group

Smart Engines technology helps Royal Caribbean Group streamline the guest boarding experience. Use of the Smart ID Engine has reduced friction and improved the guest experience, freeing terminal agents’ time to focus on personalizing guest interactions.

Royal Caribbean Group is known for premium service. Using Smart Engines technology, guests are presented a travel document scanning process that is quick and intuitive, and offers the guest a streamlined experience in the terminal before boarding the cruise. Indeed, most guests quickly and efficiently scan their travel documents at home before traveling to the terminal. When document scanning is necessary at the terminal, terminal agents efficiently handle the task leveraging the Smart ID Engine.

“By leveraging Smart Engines Smart ID Engine technology, we have been able to advance the guest arrival experience by removing friction, and by simplifying the experience at home and at the terminal.” — says Tim Klauda, VP Product, Royal Caribbean Group.

“Royal Caribbean Group strives – through innovation – to provide the best cruise experience to its guests and we share this same goal. Entering the cruise industry with the world’s leading cruise line is an important milestone for Smart Engines. We would like to thank Royal Caribbean Group for trusting us,” — states Dr. Vladimir Arlazarov, Founder and CEO of Smart Engines.

There are other synergies to the Royal Caribbean Group and Smart Engines collaboration. Both companies are united in a common goal to protect the environment. In 2020, Smart Engines joined the UN Global Compact. Smart Engines research is aimed at creating new energy-efficient neural network architectures. The proprietary Green OCR technology, developed in Smart Engines software products for document scanning, enables it to reduce carbon footprint in the process of machine learning and the use of AI on many devices.

Connect:ID 2021 launches in Washington

Connect:ID 2021 launches in Washington

Leading identity industry event connect:ID 2021 launched today as an in-person event in Washington, with keynotes from the CBP, IBIA and ICAO set to take to the stage.

On day 1, keynotes will include John Mears, Chairman,IBIA and Diane Sabatino, Deputy Executive Assistant Com,US Customs and Border Protection.

Sabatino will address the issue of Expanding facial biometrics and mobile services to further secure and enhance travel.

Christiane DerMarkar,ICAO TRIP,I.C.A.O will cover ICAO TRIP tools for a seamless and contactless travel to support air transport recovery.

On day 2, David Pekoske,Administrator,Transportation Security Administration, will be the Future of Identity Keynote from the TSA.

Andrew Boyd,CEO,IDEMIA National Security Solutions, will talk on “Using identity-based digital disruptors to improve user experience and achieve higher levels of security at speed”.

To see the full conference agenda, click here.

Connect:ID 2021 will take place from 5-6 October at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington.

connect:ID is brought to you by the highly influential and experienced teams from Science Media Partners (SMP) and the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA).

IBIA is the leading Association in the biometric and identity sector, while SMP, owned by Terrapinn, are the editors of critically acclaimed Security Document World, Planet Biometrics and Digital ID Wire new portals.

Contact center platforms using Veridas voice biometrics

Contact center platforms using Veridas voice biometrics

Veridas’ voice biometrics solution, a leading company in developing solutions for digital identity verification, is being used by some of the world’s leading companies, such as BBVA, Deutsche Telekom, or Prosegur, and implemented in the different Contact Center platforms they use: Avaya, Genesys, Twilio, Amazon Connect, or Enghouse, among others.

The reasons why Veridas is being chosen over its competitors are clear: no one offers such impressive technological features (authentication with 3 seconds of voice, regardless of text and language), with such a high performance (accuracy of over 99.9%; evaluated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST, the main evaluating body for this type of technology in the world, as one of the leading solutions in the world) and with such strongrespect for user privacy (Veridas does not need to store customer data for the proper functioning of its technology).

When we at Veridas decided to develop a product specifically for Call Centers, in which the end-user could be authenticated in real-time while conversing with an agent, we made the firm decision to design it so that it could be easily and integrated into any existing platform. And it is now that this long-term vision is bearing numerous fruits, after months invested in the development and configuration of a solution based on 100% proprietary technology, based on artificial intelligence algorithms and neural networks” explains Miguel Zarraluqui, Product Manager of Voice Biometrics at Veridas.

Avaya, Genesys, Twilio, Amazon Connect, and Enghouse are not the only solutions the leader in digital identity verification is working on. Veridas continues to consolidate its partner network to reach more customers worldwide, seeking to offer the best possible services at all stages of the customer’s life, from sales to implementation, including integration support and technical support. Veridas is charting new avenues of collaboration among the leading platforms of such significant companies as Evolution, Talkdesk, Odigo, IBM, and Link Mobility.

There was no point in doing it quickly and exclusively for one platform. At Veridas, it was clear to us that we had to go for a multiplatform solution that could be integrated into a matter of days in any client, regardless of the contact center solution they had” concluded Zarraluqui.

Until today, improving any one of these areas (customer experience, security, and costs) implied an impact on the others. You couldn’t increase security without compromising UX and vice versa. But this is no longer a utopia: it is possible to improve all three areas simultaneously thanks to biometric solutions like ours. In short, the return on investment for our customers is immediate, while improving security and customer experience” said Eduardo Azanza, CEO of Veridas, speaking recently at Digital X 2021, an event organized by one of its main partners, Deutsche Telekom.

Only biometrics can replace current authentication methods, such as passwords, question-based processes, or OTPs, substantially improving security while significantly improving the end-user experience. And, of course, reducing the associated cost, since, at last, it is possible to go from authentication processes that take 30 or 40 seconds on average to zero.

With Veridas’ text-independent technology, companies no longer need to spend time authenticating their customers; simply establishing a natural conversation with them is enough. The technology will do the rest.

 

Neurotechnology biometric voter system used in Ghana vote

Neurotechnology biometric voter system used in Ghana vote

Neurotechnology, a provider of deep-learning-based solutions and high-precision biometric identification and object recognition technologies, today announced that the company’s services and products, including the MegaMatcher Automatic Biometric Identification System (ABIS), were used for Ghana’s Biometric Voter Management System, providing voter registration, deduplication, adjudication, final voter list generation and verification during voting for the country’s general elections held on December 7, 2020.

Neurotechnology delivered the Biometric Voter Management System (Software) and provided related services for the Ghana Electoral Commission in record time – just nine months from start to finish – covering everything from initial voter registration to final voter list preparation and onsite support for the General Election.

Neurotechnology’s MegaMatcher ABIS provided deduplication for a total of 17,027,641 registrants who were eligible to vote in the general election. By matching fingerprints and/or facial biometrics for each registrant name, the system successfully identified 15,860 multiple registrations conducted by 7,890 unique individuals who attempted to register more than once using different names.

“We are highly satisfied with Neurotechnology’s software and services, which were provided in a short timeframe –nine months to be precise, from inception to completion,” stated Mrs. Jean Mensa, Chairperson for the Electoral Commission of Ghana. “The staff of Neurotech were highly professional and helpful.  They were responsive and accessible in that they were physically present on site throughout the duration of the exercise.

By providing highly accurate identification and verification of each registered voter, and by ensuring that each voter was only able to cast one vote, the MegaMatcher ABIS Biometric Voter Management System helped to ensure fair, transparent, credible and successful general elections in Ghana.

“We were pleased to work with the Electoral Commission of Ghana for their Biometric Voter Management System,” said Irmantas Naujikas, Director of Neurotechnology.

 

JENETRIC introduces the second generation of the LIVETOUCH QUATTRO Compact

JENETRIC introduces the second generation of the LIVETOUCH QUATTRO Compact

After successfully establishing its ultra-mobile 10-finger scanner,  today JENETRIC introduces the second generation of the LIVETOUCH QUATTRO Compact.  With enhanced functionality and available user guidance, the LIVETOUCH QUATTRO  Compact ups the FAP 60 scanner to become the first choice for fingerprint enrollment and  verification in mobile applications. 

Despite the small size of the device, it has been possible to integrate intuitive user guidance  into the device. The colored pictograms make it clear to the user at which point in time,  which fingers are to be placed and when the capture is finished. This reduces the need for  officer assistance, eliminates capture errors and speeds up the overall fingerprinting process. 

“We have taken the feedback from our customers seriously. They particularly appreciate the  integrated user guidance of our stationary scanner. So, it was only logical to also equip our  mobile fingerprint scanner with user guidance and thus simplify the handling of the devices,”  says Roberto Wolfer, CEO of JENETRIC GmbH. 

A new milestone is the ability to scan fingerprints and documents on just one capture  surface. The LIVETOUCH QUATTRO Compact Up thus combines two modalities in one device:  the capture of fingerprints in FAP 60 format and the scanning of documents in ID 1 format ,  such as ID cards, driver’s licenses or barcodes. For this purpose, the document is placed on  the scanning surface of the device. Focusing is not necessary, and reflections and disruptions  from ambient light are avoided, so an additional device for document scans can be omitted. 

“With the LIVETOUCH QUATRO Compact Up, we are exploiting the full potential of optical  TFT technology for the first time: Best fingerprint quality combined with document capture – all in the smallest size and with minimal weight. No other capture technology offers these  capabilities.” 

In addition, ambient light resistance has been significantly improved. Thanks to the patented  sensor design, very good fingerprint images are produced even in bright ambient lighting  conditions. 

 

NEC National Security Systems to showcase its  Digital ID platform, iris recognition tech at connect:ID 2021

NEC National Security Systems to showcase its Digital ID platform, iris recognition tech at connect:ID 2021

NEC National Security Systems (NEC NSS) will showcase several of its latest biometric technologies, including its breakthrough digital identity management platform and iris recognition capabilities, at the industry leading connect:ID 2021 conference in Washington, D.C. on October 5-6, 2021.  

As part of the trade show, several of NEC’s NSS experts will be presenting keynote addresses and participating in panels  to discuss key issues in digital identity management, AI and biometric solutions. These company leaders include Dr.  Kathleen Kiernan, the newly appointed President of NEC NSS, a FOCI-mitigated federal business unit; NEC Corporation  of America’s Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer and NEC NSS Board Member, Raffie Beroukhim; along  with NEC Corporation of America’s Chief Technology Officer Kris Ranganath. The speakers will join an impressive list of  government executives, travel industry members, industry analysts and other key stakeholders in the biometric  marketplace. 

“As the new President of NSS, I am delighted to deliver a keynote address at the connect:ID show which brings the best  people and technologies together with a singular focus on protecting our nation’s future security,” said Dr. Kiernan. “We  will have the opportunity to demonstrate and discuss the latest innovations in AI and face recognition technology  available to government from physical security to facilities management. We protect those who protect us.” 

NEC NSS will showcase various solutions running on its cloud native digital identity platform, along with its new iris-face  combo kiosk that can seamlessly match either a user’s iris or face–or both modalities simultaneously–against an existing  document. The hybrid system is first-of-its-kind and is considered a breakthrough technology that will add an extra layer  of security over the top of existing identity verification platforms.  

“We believe that multimodal solutions, coupled with the most advanced AI technologies offered on a robust,  configurable, cloud native platform provides an array of benefits to government agencies, not the least of which is  improved accuracy and confidence in making positive matches and eliminating false positives,” said Mr. Beroukhim.  “Because NEC has the #1 ranked face and iris algorithms in the world, according to NIST, our solutions are ideal for  agencies that require the best available and most accurate technology today.” 

In addition to its digital platform and iris-face solution, NEC NSS will also showcase: 

  • In-Vehicle Driver Identification, which detects and verifies the identity of drivers through the windshield, at  security gates and vehicle checkpoints quickly and efficiently, without the need for physical documents or close  contact with security agents. 
  • Global Entry Kiosk, a contactless self-service kiosk that provides an expedited and hygienic clearance process for  pre-approved travelers at airports and other points-of-entry. 
  • Digital Security Visitor Management, a multimodal touchless and frictionless solution for visitor management. 
  • SmartScanTM, a multimodal capture system, that provides superior flexibility, reliability and speed for applicant  and background processing.
  • Integra-ID IBW Workstation, which features an intuitive Microsoft Windows 10 platform to help identify leads  in forensic investigations and easily integrates with existing law enforcement agencies. 

As a Platinum-level sponsor, NEC NSS’ booth #501 will occupy one of the biggest places on the trade show floor and  eight different speakers will present and participate in featured discussions, interviews and conversations. This includes: 

  • “Putting a Face on the Digital ID Generation,” the conference’s opening keynote address which is to be  delivered by Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, the newly appointed President of NEC’s National Security Solutions. 
  • “Decentralized Identity,” a summit speech about the benefits of decentralized identity management solutions. The presentation by NEC Corporation of America’s leading Chief Technology Officer, Kris Ranganath.  
  • “The Future of Digital Travel” will be an interview with Vice President of Customer Experience, Allen Ganz, who  has helped implement biometric solutions in the aviation environment. Including the first curb-to-gate system  for a commercial airline in the U.S., which was unveiled at Atlanta’s Terminal F in 2019.  
  • As a Board Member of the International Biometric Identity Association (IBIA), NEC’s Chief Experience Officer and  NSS Board Member Raffie Beroukhim will participate in a panel discussion on key topics in advanced recognition  for government agencies. 
  • NEC NSS’ Frank Sangiorgi, Chris Gillyard and Trisha Orndoff, will host three different roundtable conversations  about “Invisible & Secure Borders of the Future,” “Life after CAC,” and the “Evolution of Contactless  Environments.” ARS director Austin Park will participate in a panel on “Digital ID Ecosystems.” 

The connect:ID 2021 show is one of the key biometric conferences that takes place each year attracting some of the  biggest industry players from the federal government and industry. This show is an opportunity for key stakeholders in  identity management solutions to discuss important issues in the deployment of new technology solutions across enterprise-level systems. This includes visioning sessions for new modes of deployment, as well as standards needed for  the safe, ethical and responsible use of biometric technology.