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, 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.
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.
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The world has truly gone digital. It is currently estimated that 3.8 billion people own a smartphone1, representing almost half of the entire world’s population. The rapid ascendance of smartphones around the world in recent years has upturned much of how we live our lives, from social media to online shopping. Banks and financial services companies have also had to adapt to this new digital landscape, providing their customers with new ways to access and manage their accounts.
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.
Imageware, a leader in biometric identification and authentication, today announced a global partnership with TECH5, an innovator in the field of identity management solutions, to become a value-added reseller (“VAR”) for its solutions. Through this agreement, all TECH5 offerings will be available through integration with the existing Imageware product portfolio. In connection with this partnership, Imageware also announced today that it will be providing Security Identification Systems Corporation (“SISCO”), a leader in visitor management systems, with the Imageware Identity Platform, powered by TECH5 technologies, to enhance its product portfolio for the marine and visitor management industries.
TECH5 provides biometric algorithms and matching platforms for face, iris, and fingerprint recognition for use in both government and commercial enterprise solutions. TECH5 also provides innovative technology such as contactless fingerprint capture and Digital ID solutions protected by biometrics. As a VAR, Imageware will be integrating TECH5’s biometric technology across its products, which includes Imageware Proof, Imageware Authenticate, Imageware Identify, and the Imageware Biometric Engine and others.
Imageware has partnered with SISCO to add biometric identity management capabilities to the latter’s portfolio of visitor management and ship management solutions for the maritime and security industries. More specifically, Imageware will be adding facial recognition to SISCO’s mobile solutions for the cruise line industry through the Identity Platform powered by TECH5’s facial recognition biometric algorithm. As the provider of hardware and software solutions for roughly 40% of the cruise line industry, SISCO will be offering this product as an upgrade to existing customers as well as a differentiator for attracting new ones. Cruise lines using this solution can now leverage facial recognition technology for onboarding passengers and for emergency situations at muster stations, which greatly increases the convenience, security, and speed of both processes.
Imageware and SISCO will be jointly demonstrating this new solution on handheld mobile Android devices at the Annual SeaTrade Cruise Global Conference in the Miami Beach Convention Center on September 27-30 in SISCO’s booth #1910 in the Exhibit Hall. https://www.seatradecruiseglobal.com/en/home.html
“This strategic partnership with TECH5 enables Imageware to include accurate and fast biometric algorithms and technology into our products and augments our offerings for both the private and public sectors,” said AJ Naddell, SVP of Product Management & Sales. “TECH5’s suite of algorithms is highly-rated by NIST in several categories, and we appreciate the opportunity to work with their innovative team. Our strategic partnership with SISCO will serve as a strong calling card to highlight our joint capabilities with TECH5, and it enables us to provide leading biometric identity management solutions to new industries and use cases, including the marine safety and security industries and corporate visitor management solutions. We look forward to increasing our addressable market in the cruise line and marine industry and to further expanding our footprint across different verticals.”
Rahul Parthe, Co-founder, Chairman, and CTO of TECH5 added: “TECH5 focuses on providing leading and innovative biometric technologies, thereby enabling our key strategic partners like Imageware to provide industry specific solutions. We are very excited to work with Imageware as they can apply our technologies to many use cases in federal, state and local governments, as well as a multitude of private sector verticals. Using TECH5’s facial recognition technology as part of the Imageware Identity Platform to provide solutions for the cruise line industry and for enterprise visitor management systems demonstrates how Imageware can extend our solutions to even more markets.”
Anthony Zagami, CEO of SISCO added: “Increasing the speed and efficiency of ship-boarding processes and mandatory safety mustering exercises at the start of cruises is very important for customer satisfaction. These processes require considerable cruise ship staff resources and often delay the customers’ enjoyment of their vacations. This new biometric identification solution will save time and provide customers with more safe, satisfying, and secure onboarding and mustering processes.”
Integrated Biometrics (IB), the world leader in mobile FBI-certified biometric fingerprint scanners, today announced its strategic partner, Sciometrics LLC, has applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and The European Patent Office for new Intellectual Property (IP) that will improve the quality of touchless fingerprinting through mobile devices and expand application of the technology.
Sciometrics already holds a seminal patent for empowering off-the-shelf smartphones to capture high-quality fingerprints. The new IP will be integrated into the Slapshot Touchless SDK product which is offered by IB and based on Sciometrics’ research and development.
One of the pending patents covers several methods for improvement for touchless fingerprints: (1.) minimizing image resolution error to less than two percent (matching the FBI’s PIV requirement), (2.) a “smart” focusing method that ensures the best possible image for each finger, and (3.) image rendering that captures “Level Three” features (pores and ridge shapes). The implementation of these methods results in touchless fingerprints that strongly resemble contact prints.
An additional pending patent covers the concept of “archived identity” where a fingerprint can be used to memorialize transactions such as credit card applications and SIM card purchases.
“Our partnership with Sciometrics expands IB’s reach as the global leader in mobile fingerprint-scanning devices through the evolving arena of high-resolution, high-quality contactless identity,” said Shawn O’Rourke, CEO of Integrated Biometrics. “IB and Sciometrics will jointly help our customers to define the standards for contactless platforms offering interoperability with legacy databases created with traditional scanners.”
“We have taken a huge step in bridging the gap between contact and touchless fingerprints,” said Mark Walch, CEO of Sciometrics. “The advanced technology contained in the new patent filings will both improve the quality of touchless fingerprinting and open new opportunities for using fingerprints to bundle identity with transactions. Touchless fingerprinting is already a game changer, and the new IP creates a completely new game.”
Since 2016, Sciometrics has been working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to advance and standardize the algorithms underlying touchless fingerprinting. The new IP will make a direct contribution to this effort by improving the quality of touchless fingerprints, making them structurally closer to legacy fingerprint collections that were principally produced by ink on paper or contact scanners.
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.”
IDEMIA announced it is providing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with a first of its kind remote identity proofing solution that will enable the agency to remotely verify and enroll partner and collaborator Identities.
The federal remote identity proofing solution was developed by IDEMIA, a leading government credentialing and identity authentication and verification services provider. IDEMIA also manufactures Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards for federal agencies, to include Common Access Card (CAC) for the Department of Defense (DoD), and issues the majority of all state driver’s license credentials in the U.S.
The Remote Identity Proofing (RIP) solution, which is in full compliance with federal identity management guidelines stipulated in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-63A Identity Assurance Level (IAL) 2, will enable new and existing NASA partners and collaborators to use their mobile devices to complete the required enrollment activities, including capturing and validating their photo identification (with liveness detection), driver’s license, and other optional I-9 forms issued by the U.S. Citizens and Immigration Service. The IDEMIA remote proofing solution operates on both iOS and Android devices,
As a global leader in augmented identification and providing government agencies with credential and identity verification services, this access provides NASA with added value, since IDEMIA can further validate NASA enrollments against a library of source documents IDEMIA has access to, to certify authenticity.
IDEMIA is honored to be supporting NASA in supplying the most secure and advanced verification technology that not only exceeds government standards but also delivers innovative and remote solutions to meet the ever-changing work environment, especially with the substantial increase in flexible and remote work.
Paul Aronhime, VP of Federal & Commercial Sales at IDEMIA North America
BIO-key International, a provider of identity and access management (IAM) solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics, today announced the start of a Master Agent Referral Partner Program with Intelisys, a ScanSource company, and the nation’s leading provider of technology services and solutions. BIO-key will now be able to offer the first Identity and Access Management (IAM) platform as part of the solutions Intelisys provides to their network of partners. The relationship will help enhance BIO-key’s security practice and expand the company’s Channel Alliance Partner (CAP) program.
Earlier this year BIO-key announced an expanded Channel Alliance Partner (CAP) program designed to significantly broaden its global partner ecosystem and provide substantial new revenue opportunities for BIO-key and their partners. The continued momentum to BIO-key’s channel program with the announcement of the Intelisys partnership is a transformational move. Engaging in this Master Agent Referral Partner Program allows BIO-key to leverage their unique strengths to increase the opportunities with a variety of end customers.
The partnership with Intelisys includes the offering of the BIO-key PortalGuard® Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) platform, providing a hosted unified Identity and Access Management (IAM) platform. The platform offers an unmatched variety of choices to support an enterprise’s present and future IAM strategies, while delivering a superior user experience. These include workforce and customer multi-factor authentication (MFA), exclusive Identity-Bound Biometrics options, single sign-on (SSO), and self-service password reset.
“This is a great milestone for BIO-key as we continue to grow our channel program and ensure that we have geographic coverage in the top markets,” states Fred Corsentino, Chief Revenue Officer, BIO-key. “We look forward to working together with Intelisys to help solve security and identity and access management challenges for the enterprise as we look to a safer future.”
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.
The British government has approached the public to consult on revisions to the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice. The code is part of the Protection of Freedoms Act which provides guidance on the appropriate use of CCTV by local authorities and the police. This is the first revision to the code since its introduction in June 2013.
AnyVision has responded to the Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Professor Fraser Sampson in an open letter entitled: “Facial Recognition Apps Should Be Provided to the Police with an Empty Database.”
Given AnyVision’s expertise in ethical facial recognition and commercial experience identifying persons of interest, including shoplifters, felons, and security threats, the company wanted to lend its perspective to the discussion and share several best practices on the application of ethical facial recognition to law enforcement settings.
AnyVision’s CEO Avi Golan wrote: “The ethical use of facial recognition is a thorny one and requires a nuanced discussion. Part of that discussion must explain how the underlying facial recognition system works, but, just as important, the discussion must also involve how the technology is being used by police departments and what checks and balances are built into their processes. We welcome an honest and objective dialogue involving all stakeholders to draft fair and balanced regulation.”
In recent years, face-based and object recognition systems have been adopted broadly before methods of due diligence have been fully thought through. The company agrees that the use of facial recognition or other biometric-based recognition systems need to be clearly justified and proportionate in meeting the intended purpose and should be appropriately validated.
First, it is important to highlight the unique characteristics and risk factors specific to police use of facial recognition technology. The most common use case for video surveillance is when police and other law enforcement agencies get a picture of a suspect from a crime scene and want to find out: “Who is the person in the picture?” That often requires an extensive database — one that could potentially include every human on planet earth.
This is very different from commercial use cases of facial recognition (e.g., within supermarkets, casinos, or stadiums) which are fundamentally asking a different question: “Is the person in the video a known security threat?” To answer this question doesn’t require a comprehensive database of all people, but rather a defined list of specific people who represent security threats.
In the company’s view, the path to fair and ethical use of facial recognition by police agencies is through adherence to three principles:
Empty Database: We recommend building their watchlists from the ground up based on known felons, persons of interest, and missing persons. Some facial recognition solution providers have scraped billions of photos and identities of people from social networks, usually without their consent. Unfortunately, this method of facial recognition has justifiably angered privacy groups and data protection agencies around the globe and damaged public trust in the accuracy and reliability of facial recognition systems. We believe that lists of suspects should be limited and justified. In this way, unjustified invasion of citizens’ privacy can be prevented, false arrests can be reduced and public confidence in the technology can be increased.
Safeguarding Data & Privacy: Many privacy advocates are justifiably concerned about how video surveillance systems capture and store data of innocent bystanders. At AnyVision, we don’t capture photographic images of people. The watchlists that comprise the reference data for our facial recognition algorithms are created and uploaded by our commercial customers – that is, they are created from scratch and specific to the security needs of that organization. The data that we capture is rendered using mathematical vectors that act as secure cryptography, preventing identity hacking even if data is stolen.
AnyVision goes a step further in safeguarding the privacy of non-watchlist individuals. We offer our customers the ability to activate “GDPR-mode” which effectively blurs all faces of people not explicitly listed on an organization’s watchlist. When this feature is activated, only individuals identified on the watchlist are visible — all other people in the camera’s field of view are blurred. Privacy Mode goes even further as it discards all detections of non-enrolled individuals. This means that police agencies cannot capture any metadata from non-watchlist detections which further protects the identities of bystanders. These advanced privacy features are designed to help organizations capture and collect data on individuals that is strictly necessary for the purposes of video surveillance (i.e., data minimization).
Lack of Operational Due Diligence: Police admit that facial recognition technology has been instrumental in helping crack some tough cases, but in the last year, there have also been claims of wrongful arrests. In many of these cases, the wrongful arrests were the result of a poor investigative process vs. shortcomings of the facial recognition software. Facial recognition is more than just the technology — it’s about having specific rules that helps the software understand how to process potential face-based matches. These rules must operate within established boundaries that protect an individual’s privacy and conform to compliance law.
Facial recognition software is designed to identify a handful of likely suspects based on potential matches to a reference database. However, a potential match does not mean that the police department is absolved from performing a proper investigation. It’s critical that the police use the technology responsibly and determine whether any of the potential matches should be investigated further based on appropriate due diligence procedures and following established protocols. When police take shortcuts and wrongfully arrest innocent people based on a supposed match without the necessary due diligence, it reflects poorly on the underlying facial recognition technology. It’s imperative to highlight the importance of human review and investigation when applying this powerful technology.
“AnyVision is willing to share its industry insights and best practices from our vast research experience with leading global players, including name-brand retailers, global hospitality, financial services and law enforcement agencies,” said AnyVision’s CEO, Avi Golan. “If the regulations set forth by the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice are committed to the principles outlined above, then law enforcement agencies can strike the right balance between solving crime and protecting the privacy of innocent citizens.”
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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.”
IriTech, Inc. has recently announced that it successfully passed a compliance test for the Modular Open Source Identity Platform (MOSIP) system on its SBI 2.0 (L1) authentication iris scanner device – IriSentinel, and honourably been awarded the Sri Lanka Unique Digital Identity Pilot Implementation for SBI 2.0 (L1) authentication device IriSentinel, which is the first SBI 2.0 (L1) authentication Iris device installation compliant with MOSIP requirements.
MOSIP is open-source software which governments or international organizations can use as a platform, to build foundational digital identity systems similar to India’s Aadhaar system, which has enrolled more than one billion people using iris and fingerprint biometrics. MOSIP is open source and is funded by philanthropic initiatives such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Norad and Omidyar Network. In 2020, Bill Gates cited MOSIP as a pathway and enabler of digital financial inclusion.
Mosip is being adopted by Morocco, the Philippines, and is being piloted by the Republic of Guinea, Ethiopia and Sri Lanka as the framework for their National ID systems. Togo is about to embark on MOSIP-adoption and have initiated preparations. Conversations for the adoption of MOSIP are in advanced stages with several other countries.
IriSentinel belongs to the portable camera category but features the top-notch iris capturing process of IriTech in a completely embedded computing system powered by NXP’s latest hardware security features while maintaining the very competitive prices. Now, with its compliance to MOSIP’s SBI 2.0 Specification and being ready to be used, IriSentinel is surely to create a huge impact.
Upon the self-compliance of IriTech using MOSIP test environments, Mr. Sanjith Sundaram, Head of Biometric Ecosystem from MOSIP, said “Interface self-compliance is a one-time effort giving the minimum assurance to countries that the product works well with MOSIP’s interfaces. Since the APIs are pre-validated through this program, the countries can leverage shorter lead times for device deployments with minimal or no additional development efforts.”
Earlier in 2020, Philippines Government also selected IriTech’s MOSIP SBI 1.0 (L0)-compliant IriShield BK2121U as the iris enrollment device for their PhilSys National ID project. So, IriTech becomes the first company to successfully have both SBI 1.0 (L0) (for enrolment) and SBI 2.0 (L1) (for authentication) iris scanner devices compliant to MOSIP specifications.
According to Mr.Binod Mathai, Chief Officer of IriTech in India, believes that the number of countries to adopt MOSIP platform will rapidly increase and surely to create a huge opportunity for IriTech. CEO of IriTech, Dr.Kim is confident in the company’s ability to offer both SBI 1.0 (L0) and SBI 2.0 (L1) iris devices to customers developing their National ID projects on MOSIP platform.
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)
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.