D4t4 Solutions CEO and industry veteran Bill Bruno will take the stage at Identity Week America in Washington, D.C. on October 5, 2022. Bill will discuss how existing fraud technologies are limited in what information they can reveal, leaving organisations to just manage fraud instead of preventing it.
“Fraud is becoming increasingly more sophisticated by the day – and your technology needs to evolve to keep up. It must be truly real-time and the data should be as comprehensive and complete as possible,” said Bill Bruno, CEO of D4t4 Solutions. “Ultimately, your technology must solve for digital identity in a meaningful way, or your evidence will not matter.”
In addition to the big stage, Bill will lead a roundtable discussion on creating robust identity graphs with comprehensive behavioural biometrics. Vice President of Marketing Tiffany Staples will be on the expo floor discussing how to build robust identity graphs with limited authenticated data.
By visiting Celebrus at the conference you can learn how Celebrus Customer Data Platform (CDP) and Celebrus Fraud Data Platform (FDP) leverage advanced data capture and contextualisation capabilities to solve identity challenges relating to customer experience and fraud. Recent innovations from Celebrus to enhance its identity offerings will take center stage.Recent identity-related innovations from Celebrus such as Celebrus Cross-Domain Continuance, and mouse paths will take center stage.
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Talks are being held to introduce an EU biometric entry system at the port of Dover which will follow the blueprint of air-port style biometrics systems at UK airports. Embroiled in the debate, the Port of Dover’s Chief Executive, Doug Bannister, cast doubt on the suitability of deploying an entry-exit system (EES) at one of the UK’s busiest access points to to Europe, estimating that vehicles could face a 5 hour delay if the European Union approves the proposals.
Compared to the rollout of biometric kiosks in airports, where passengers have to be processed through security queues regardless, biometric checks would cause unwelcome disruption to the UK’s ports of entry. The proposals have so far not been substantiated by technical reports looking at how biometric systems could be feasibly deployed without impacting on the smooth migration of traffic.
The scheme, which is due to begin in May 2023, will involve facial recognition screening at the border under the supervision of EU police which could have a detrimental impact on UK trade, tourism and travel.
Bannister said: “If we are forced to commit to an inadequate process it will have a rapid and significant detriment on trade”.
As the Uk’s second largest port in the UK, Dover welcomes 200,000 people each year and generates £144bn of trade in goods.
In a factsheet published on the 22 September, the UK Government set out verification requirements for people looking to register a new company. The Company House directory will include businesses of all sizes to provide assurance of the right to operate in the UK and companies will be able to research potential suppliers and partners.
Directors and senior company executives will be required to confirm their identity with an initial grace period in place for existing directors. There are two forms of identification verification: directly through the Companies House or indirectly through an Authorised Corporate Service Provider.
Facial matching technology will be used in conjunction with a physical identity document which will be compared together for likeness. Documents may also be compared to the national government database to validate the business owner’s identity. Failure to comply with the regulations to permitting or not permitting a grace period could result in legal action being pursued and a number of different outcomes including the application being rejected, civil penalties, a level 5 fine, or the individual being classed as ‘unverified’ on the database.
Unlike existing business directors, the policy framework states there will not be leniency shown to new company executives who must verify their identity prior to an application being sent to the Registrar.
The same standard of identity verification checks will be adhered to by Authorised Corporate Service Providers. Accountants, legal advisers, and company formation agents are most likely to register a company through ACSPs and must be registered with a supervisory body for anti-money laundering reasons and carry out customer due diligence checks.
Clearview AI, the leading facial recognition company that provides powerful and reliable photo identification technology, has been awarded another U.S. patent – its second this year – for its unique, highly accurate and bias-free facial recognition algorithm.
The “Scalable Training Data Preparation Pipeline And Efficient Distributed Trainer For Deep Neural Networks In Facial Recognition” patent issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), was awarded to Clearview AI for its ability to create highly accurate, bias-free facial recognition algorithms from publicly available information.
Most facial recognition technologies use standard celebrity datasets for training, which do not contain a representative sample of all demographics. By contrast, Clearview AI is able to create a data set that represents all demographics with its unique data preparation and distributed training algorithms.
Hoan Ton-That, Clearview AI’s CEO said, “This distinction further cements Clearview AI’s intellectual property protection and lead in the artificial intelligence and facial recognition market.” Ton-That added. “Clearview AI’s mission is to reduce bias in technology, and as a person of mixed race this is highly important to me.”
Clearview AI’s algorithm for facial recognition recently performed near flawlessly in the recent National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Facial Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT), ranking No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 worldwide in the WILD category, the most difficult category of the NIST facial recognition test, and achieved greater than 99 percent accuracy across all demographics.
“Incumbent companies sometimes wait and see with new technologies to see the viability and adoption of them in the marketplace, then copy innovations later once they have been proven to be valuable,” Ton-That added. “These patents help protect us against a potential future competitor who would like to copy our facial recognition search engine, or our method for creating a highly accurate, bias-free facial recognition algorithm from large scale public internet datasets.”
Earlier this year, Clearview AI was awarded U.S. patent 11,250,226, “Methods for Providing Information About a Person Based on Facial Recognition”, for the application of its highly accurate bias-free algorithm to search publicly available information from the open internet, creating the world’s first facial recognition search engine.
Clearview AI is a Platinum Sponsor at Identity Week America on 4-5 October in Washington D.C.
The Government has a pivotal role in overseeing digital transformation and the provision of digital identity within the private and public sector, rising the functionality of healthcare, securing travel and finance for end-users, citizens and enterprises. Governments from all around the world are adopting and developing new solutions and technology to streamline certain operational processes such as verification to access government services.
Meet government officials at Identity Week America who will be addressing closing the gap between physical and digital identity, the capabilities of portable and agile ID technologies and creating a common set of standards around business and government ID.
We use the word “friction” in multiple contexts. In identity proofing, friction results when it takes significant effort for a person to prove who they are. If it takes a user too long to prove their identity, the user may become frustrated and give up. This hurts businesses that depend upon digital onboarding for their customers.
Where can friction take place in identity proofing? During digital onboarding, friction may occur during two key processes.
The first process is document acquisition. For example, some identity proofing applications require that the user submit a digital copy of a government identity document such as the front and back of a driver’s license.
The second process is biometric image acquisition. For example, some applications capture the facial image of the user.
Identity proofing applications use these two types of data during the initial identity verification process when a user is onboarded. A captured face may be compared with a government identity document, or a face or identity document may be compared against a government identity database.
One or both data types may also be used during authentication of a user whose identity has already been verified. Most commonly, the features of a live face may be compared against the features of the face that was registered with the account.
Ideally, an identity proofing application should be “frictionless” and should capture its data as easily as possible. Sadly, this is not always true.
How hard is it to capture identity data?
We take pictures with our smartphones all the time, so why should it be so hard to capture a picture of an identity document?
And we take pictures of ourselves all the time, so biometric image acquisition should not be difficult.
But there is a difference between capturing just any image and capturing a quality image for identity proofing. When capturing images of faces or identity documents, things can go wrong.
You could capture an identity document image and not capture part of the ID, or (for two-sided identity documents) only capture one of the two sides.
You could capture a facial “selfie” with your eyes closed, or with part of your face outside of the camera frame.
Checking quality after manual image capture is not enough
Rather than checking image quality long after the image is captured, some identity proofing applications immediately check the image quality. Automating the image quality measurement process at the smartphone (the edge device) provides a partial solution to the friction problem.
But it doesn’t solve the issue of poor image capture in the first place. When users must manually capture document and facial images, some images won’t be captured correctly the first time, and friction will result.
I recently experienced this friction myself when I used my smartphone to capture a facial image for my passport renewal. I manually took the picture, only to have the application tell me that the picture did not meet passport quality standards. I manually took a second picture, which was again rejected. The third picture was finally accepted, but by that point I was frustrated because of the friction of the process.
Why did I have to take the picture? Why couldn’t the application take the picture itself?
How Incode’s full process automation removes friction from capture
It’s not enough to automate image quality measurement. Ideally, the identity proofing application should also automate the capture of the image .
That is exactly how Incode’s solution works. It doesn’t depend upon the user to manually capture the images. Incode captures the pictures automatically without manual intervention. Incode’s algorithms ask the applicant to move the smartphone camera, ID, or face as needed, and rather than depending upon the applicant to manually press a button at the right time, Incode automatically captures a picture with the requisite quality.
This not only reduces user frustration and friction, but also speeds the process since the submission of substandard images is eliminated. Incode automatically captures the picture at the right time, saving time.
Automated image capture coupled with automated image quality measurement reduces friction dramatically. This video illustrates how the Incode smartphone application automatically captures facial images, government ID documents, and other documents such as credit cards without requiring the user to press a button to initiate the capture. The Incode application automatically captures the image, resulting in higher quality and faster onboarding.
With hundreds of identity solutions on showcase, expert presentations and panel sessions and easy networking opportunities across the two days, the event is the place to be to assess one of the most primitive and advancing industries.
Here’s a snapshot of sessions around identity and IAM for the healthcare sector. From start-ups in their formative years of development to the biggest vendors and organisations, the conference programme supports all viewpoints in nurturing the next generation of talent in identity, in addition to facilitating more commercial and public sector use cases of digital and physical ID across banking, travel healthcare and lots more industries!
Discover the next unicorn Identity Week America has to offer or sit in on carefully planned sessions, presentations and roundtable discussions with other thought-leaders – all for free.
We’re delighted to welcome Linda Van Horn, who is President & Chief Executive Officer at iShare Medical, to deliver a keynote presentation on the present and future mission to secure access and sharing of medical data with digital identity verification. It’s a use study that continues to be tested with digital ID technologies to transform the way patients can openly access their personal medical records whilst tightly retaining confidentiality over the most sensitive personal information.
On Day 1, Ryan Howells, Principal at Leavitt Partners, will also give his insight into converging trust, privacy and convenience for patients to enable healthcare to adopt a centralised system of digital identity as many other industries have.
Unlike some sectors which have diverse ecosystems of product vendors and numerous applications, healthcare with predominantly two major divisions, the NHS or private healthcare, requires a federated digital identity system to protect millions of people’s personal medical data.
You can hear a panel discussion on “Digital identity federation in healthcare” at 11:30 on 4th October involving healthcare professionals across these domains who will discuss the challenge of creating one future-proof identity ecosystem in healthcare.
One of the most primitive industries, identity is also advancing with new technology to verify and authenticate, enhancing many other sectors.
Threats to our personal, national and global security have soared while consumer satisfaction is ever determining whether businesses succeed or fail in a modern world.
At its core, Identity Week America is a multi-dimensional event that creates and manifests new applications of physical and digital identity across four main sectors that are advancing at a rapid rate.
One of the key sectors that the event targets and allies with in promoting new identity solutions and strategies is the Travel and Aviation industry.
We have amassed an incredible line-up of top representatives from the travel industry, Government counter-terrorism bodies and national independent organisations.
They include: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Security Administration and Richard Clarke, Former National Coordinator for U.S. Counter-terrorism, all of whom will make their pledges to the future of identity at the number #1 meeting place of the year – Identity Week America!
Attend our FREE Expo to mingle with these individuals and thousands more!
Through sessions, keynote presentations, roundtables and fundamental networking, the event will dissect how advanced facial recognition and digital ID testing is across all industry case studies.
Our inspiring sessions will discover what most excites speakers about biometrics for the aviation and travel industry and how we can successfully transform travel with digital identity, adopting approaches to innovation for security effectiveness and the passenger experience.
Day 1 Keynote, 9:00: Hear from newly confirmed TSA Administrator David Pekoske how innovative identity management solutions can improve security and enhance the passenger experience.
David Pekoske, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration
In Track 2 on 4th October, Tony Poole, President of the Document Security Alliance will discuss the problem of counterfeiting with security documents.
Tony Poole, President, Document Security Alliance
In addition, Identity Week America will seek answers to the following questions surrounding interoperability and higher demands for security and convenience throughout the passenger journey.
How important is a collaborative and integrated approach when it comes to implementing and updating new technologies like biometrics to secure passenger journeys?
How have the demands of passengers changed since the pandemic and how do you see them changing in the next few years? How are you meeting expectations?
In Nigeria, millions of voters have been left wondering why they have been removed from the registry after confusion over the online pre-registration process.
The Independent National Electoral Commission has released a statement defending its actions to remove partially-registered voters, citing that the majority failed to complete the pre-registration process correctly. Nearly 4.2 million voters were left off the registry which leverages biometrics to retain information relating to voters.
Approximately 8.9 million Nigerians managed to submit the correct information and fully completed the process when attending registration centres in-person. Over 3.4 million people started the registration process online but finished the process in-person.
The number of incomplete registrations indicates that the system was flawed and insufficient to hold biometric data from millions of voters, however, the commission has categorically denied that anyone was excluded from completing the online pre-registration process in light of concerns about underage voters.
Although rejected by INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu, allegations also circulated of physical Voter Cards being illegally disposed of. Mahmood Yakubu also praised the Automated Biometric Identification System which he said would mitigate any problems with verifying voters.
Despite his comments, some argue that a biometric system is a prime target for hackers or just insufficient to be used in a national scheme to collect people’s biometric information. Biometric voter registration was suspended on 30 June, 2022 amid improvements being made to the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
However, the INEC chairman at the time admitted that the system was under review to determine its functionality after several complaints were made. The system uses both fingerprint and face modalities to validate voters.
Incode, the next-generation identity verification platform, recently announced that it has forged a partnership with TOTM Technologies as its reseller, to offer one of the world’s most powerful identity solutions, Incode Omni, to the Indonesian market as part of its Asia Pacific expansion.
Incode is a Fintech Power 50 company and industry leader in privacy-centric identity verification for global enterprises.The Omni platform is used by the world’s largest financial institutions, governments, marketplaces, hotels and hospitals to customise their user experience, at scale while drastically reducing security and fraud risk. With its unique passive liveness technology, word class facial recognition, and advanced deep learning techniques, Incode Omni meets the most stringent compliance and security standards for global brands such as Jumeirah Hotels, Rappi, and Citi.
Indonesia is a key market for Incode and TOTM in Asia-Pacific. Indonesian enterprises are accelerating their digital transformation to address a growing base of digitally savvy mobile-first users who are demanding frictionless onboarding processes and a simpler experience. According to Statista, 72% of Indonesians are smartphone users while close to 73% now have internet access. What’s more, the pandemic added 21 million new digital consumers, with the majority (72%) from non-metropolitan areas.
As an end-to-end identity management and biometrics products provider, TOTM Technologies powers enterprises with digital identity and onboarding solutions spanning use cases such as national identity, fintech and finance, healthcare, and critical infrastructure access control. TOTM Technologies recognises identity as a key that opens unlimited doors and is determined to broaden the horizon of Indonesian companies by bringing world-class, secure, and customer-first biometric products from Incode into the region.
Ricardo Amper, Founder and CEO of Incode, said, “We are proud to team with a widely recognized partner like TOTM Technologies. TOTM Technologies’ technical expertise and experience, large customer base, and understanding of a big Asian market like Indonesia are unparalleled in the region. With its support, I expect nothing less than hyper-growth in Indonesia as we continue our global expansion into Asia Pacific.”
Allen Ganz, Vice President of Business Development, Incode, said, “TOTM Technologies has a strong track record in helping enterprises transform their business operations with next-generation biometric and identity solutions, coupled with strong technical support across many shared industry verticals. Our first in Asia Pacific, this partnership is a milestone in our global channel roadmap where we aggressively expand our partner ecosystem to meet the demand for our offerings.”
Pierre Prunier, CEO and Executive Director of TOTM Technologies, said, “Indonesian businesses are showing great interest in identity verification and management solutions, especially with the acceleration of digitalisation due to the pandemic. We are confident that Incode’s best-in-breed solutions and disruptive technology will deliver the secure, frictionless, and differentiated user experience that our customers are prioritizing and are looking to offer in their highly competitive sectors.”
The record-high demand for digital identity solutions by customers and enterprises is creating shockwaves in terms of surging revenue, expected to reach $70.82 million by 2028.
Now, according to figures released in several new studies, the number of U.S. businesses using biometric authentication to prevent fraud and boost security for customers has almost tripled from 27% in 2019 to 79% in 2022.
With persistent threats against security, two-factor authentication is even more likely to be implemented in 91% of businesses in 2022 compared to 64% in 2029 as attacks become more sophisticated and common.
Interestingly, in GetApp’s 2022 report, even the supposed protection of two factor authentication has become compromised as hackers find new ways to defeat it. The sharp upturn in authentication technologies being deployed by U.S businesses can be attributed to a 7% increase in cyberattacks in the last 12 months. Remote working has been a driver for an influx of cyber attacks while many smaller organisations turned to using cloud solution rather than in-house IT services.
In June 2021, while lobbying for changes to the U.S. digital identity strategy, Congressman Bill Foster said: “It’s time for the United States to catch up with the rest of the developed world when it comes to digital identity”.
The USA’s cyber defence seems to have been revived with the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace seeking a more integrated ecosystem of interoperable identity service bodies. NIST published a third draft of Digital Identification Guidelines this summer.
A U.S. state representative has thrown out hopes of ballots being trackable using facial recognition technology, speaking at a committee on Tuesday.
Denouncing the proposal, State representative, Stephen Meeks said that the technology for biometrics could not be deployed yet because it was not yet sophisticated enough to retain the records in a 3 million user database.
Stephen Meeks sponsored a law study which investigated whether biometrics could be leveraged in the voting system to maintain voter information and manage fraud.
Clearview AI has recently changed sides of the law with the launch of JusticeClearview, facial verification designed to help defence lawyers exonerate the falsely accused.
Clearview AI is a U.S. based company that provides an innovative facial recognition platform for law enforcement and has undertaken previous case uses to aid successful prosecutions.
The use of the technology is not only intended for the police and prosecutors but serves public offenders working for the government and wrongly-accused offenders themselves in helping to terminate lawsuits and sentences against them.
Harnessing the largest database of 20 billion biometric images, Clearview AI is a frontrunner in AI powered facial recognition to crackdown on crime and to strengthen criminal profiles using DNA and identity-matching technology.
Clearview AI’s LFR platform has already proved useful in cases relating to crimes against children, murders, fraud, drug trafficking and sexual crimes to profile offenders, victims, cases of mistaken identity and missing people.
It can also help to identify witnesses and other persons of interest as in 70% of cases, wrongful convictions are secured by eye-witness accounts.
Crucially, Clearview AI says their biometric technology meets a low level of bias across all demographics. In January, this was validated in the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Facial Recognition Vendor Test which concurred that Clearview’s facial recognition algorithm performed perfectly.
Clearview AI’s Co-Founder and CEO, Hoan Ton-That, said: “Clearview AI’s mission in pursuit of justice and support of public safety extends beyond helping identify those who perpetrate crimes, it also encompasses helping exonerate those who have been wrongfully accused. These are two sides of the same coin and are equally important to the proper administration of justice both for the victims of crimes and the public at large”.
“The launch of JusticeClearview is to help level the playing field and ensure that justice is available to all.” added Ton-That. “There is nothing worse than being held responsible for a crime you did not commit.”
Identity Week America 2022 is shaping up to be an unmissable event – at its core promising to deliver a buzzing atmosphere and genuine mix of suppliers, organisations, enterprises and public authorities to meet.
We have a hotbed of brilliant experts in biometrics, digital and physical identity that are preparing to head to Washington D.C. for the 8th edition of the conference – but who will be taking to the main stages?
We start as we mean to follow with an introduction and opening remarks from John Mears, the Chairman of IBIA, a leading voice in the biometrics and digital identity technology space that alone incorporates many of the key identity companies presenting their solutions in the Expo. The Association represents a spectrum of key industry providers across every digital ID application and biometric modality.
The keynote presentations taking place from 9-10:30 on Day 1 and 2 provide a snapshot of the quality, in-depth presentations that will follow throughout the conference and be divided into the specific challenges and successes facing large-scale projects and sectors.
4th October 9:00
Keynote Theatre: Innovating identity management solutions to improve security effectiveness and the passenger experience
David Pekoske, Administrator, at Transportation Security Administration will be giving his viewpoint on how innovative identity management solutions can improve security and enhance the passenger experience.
Followed by returning keynote speaker, Kenneth Gantt, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who will be reflecting on the ever-changing demands on the identity ecosystem which continues to expand to encompass providers of digital ID, biometric technologies and identity documents. What is needed to unify the ecosystem and adapt to changes?
Register to attend: “Bringing together a comprehensive ecosystem in an identity multiverse”.
Digital identity and trust in healthcare: Present and future
We are delighted to welcome Linda Van Horn, President and CEO of iShare Medica to update the wider identity community on how digital identity is changing how medical data is securely accessed by patients and medical professionals.
Mind the trust gap
The presentation will be delivered by our Title Sponsor NEC National Security Systems. While addressing the rate by which digital ID technologies have accelerated, this keynote will highlight the imbalance with physical identity, forming a “physical gap”, and assess the convenience needs of users and frameworks for building foundational trust in identity solutions.
IDEMIA, a leader in future-proof identity technologies, has ranked the highest in a new Face Recognition Vendor Test to determine the level of bias that exists using biometric technology across different demographic groups.
IDEMIA’s technology demonstrated an even number of false biometric matches between people from different demographics, proving a low level of bias compared with other providers.
Bias in Biometrics
The test for ‘fairness’ in a technology differs slightly from the term ‘accuracy’, referring to a weakness in biometric technology to detect and match some facial appearances but perform well on other occasions. Technology from all providers can have a high level of accuracy in capturing a live facial image and matching it with photographic data of a person, however still create bias which is known to be caused by a lack of diverse demographic data, bugs, and inconsistencies found in the algorithms.
The technology is not inherently biased or discriminate based on facial appearance – it is the design of biometric technology and algorithms which specialists are still working to enhance to mitigate any “discrimination”.
The collection of training data is often the root cause of bias in technologies. If the data is not sufficient to represent all demographics this can have an impact on live detection accuracy and trust of the user.
“When decisioning is biased, the models are being trained with the wrong data”, says Mitek. Providers like IDEMIA and Mitek have prioritised the collection of balanced and representative data to eliminate potential bias.
In conversation with biometricupdate.com, digital identity specialist, Stephen Ritter, Chief Technology Officer at Mitek, explained how the industry by-large was achieving inclusivity with biometrics which is at the touchpoint of being implemented across industry use cases. He argues the point that biometric technologies work a lot of the time to verify users, which 44% of consumers say is “very” or “extremely” effective building their trust in financial services.
He said: “One of the beautiful things about multimodal biometric authentication is that it’s a passive technology; the user is not asked to do anything extra or out of the ordinary”, impacting trust.
The variables considered to affect bias in biometric technologies, and thus impact user trust, are age, gender, ethnic and racial background.
Alexey said: “In terms of identifying transgender people correctly, out of hundreds of millions of authentications, there has not been a single report of our system discriminating against this (Mitek) group. Our effort to build an unbiased system that works in a multi-dimensional environment has been effective”.
The Idemia-009 algorithm achieved a fourth-best score in the test in the Mugshot, Border Photos and Kiosk Photos categories. To achieve this result, it is clear that IDEMIA invests in quality and fair data sets in the training and testing of its biometric solutions. The score reflected on its company focus to eliminate bias and represent all demographics.
Speaking about IDEMIA’s ranking, CTO Jean-Christophe Fondeur, said: “NIST’s FRVT results are further evidence of the highest standard we have set with our suite of facial recognition technologies, positioning fairness as a key criterion, in addition to accuracy”.
“By being more than twice the fairness of the top 20 most accurate, we continue to lead the industry in terms of social responsibilities. Idemia is paving the way in the ‘battle for fairness’ and I would like to congratulate our teams of experts on their excellent work meeting this priority”.
IDEMIA also ranked highly in the biometric verification accuracy tests, maintaining its position in the top 3 with 99.88% accuracy against a 12 million dataset. IDEMIA secured a top place for single-eye accuracy and first ranking for its one-to-one fingerprint recognition.
The Star Alliance, founded by five prominent airlines in the Americas, Europe and Asia, has voiced that it expects at least 26 of its members to use biometric technology and integrate it with existing infrastructure by 2025. It comes as pressure on the U.S. is mounting to adopt a biometric exit solution.
The alliance has produced the Star Alliance biometric face recognition system which is deployed in a number of airports associated with its partners, announcing in March that biometric services for seamless boarding and passenger checks are now fully implemented in Hamburg airport. It works by collecting advanced data from passengers, requiring loyalty customers to register for Star Alliance Biometrics 24 hours prior to arriving at the airport. To be processed seamlessly and smoothly, Miles & More customers must have their valid passport and the app downloaded in order to experience contactless check-in through central checkpoints and boarding gates in the airport, where their face is automatically captured by cameras.
The following airlines participate in Star Alliance Biometrics: Austrain airlines, Swiss International and Lufthansa Group.
Passenger queues at airports have grown during pandemic times as more checks to validate vaccine status have been put in place, as well as the usual security procedures. From a health and security perspective, a broadly uptake of biometric technologies would enable congestion to be reduced, processing passengers quickly and avoiding potential smaller outbreaks of the virus in airports.
Whether airlines and airports use Star Alliance’s biometrics or other suppliers, the alliance wants to see 12 to 15 airlines realigning themselves with new biometric technologies to streamline the travel sector.
Interoperability will be key to ensure a smooth integration with existing airport infrastructure. The Star Alliance solution was built combining infrastructure provided by SITA, the Smart Path solution, and inspired by NEC I:Delight, in a partnership forged at the peak of the pandemic last year.
SITA CEO, Barbara Dalibard, commented: “Together with NEC, SITA is pleased to be supporting Star Alliance in bringing the full benefits of biometric identity to their member airlines”.
The Star Alliance hopes that European airports that are already committed to its biometrics programme will plan for additional touchpoints to be built along the customer journey from check-in to boarding gates.
Christian Draeger, Vice President of Customer Experience advised Reuters, saying: “We will definitely need to be heading towards half of our carriers participating,” he said. “But at the same we also need to increase the network of participating airports”.
Participating airports in the group also include Vienna, Munich and Frankfurt.
The new development of Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport has opened contactless self-service check-in kiosks.
Moreover, biometrics provider, Vision Box, manages tenders at over 100 airports around the world, including John F Kennedy International Airport in New York. Air transport specialist, SITA, report that 38% of airports plan to commit on delivering the biometric token, with China among those specifying a timescale for 86% of its airports to use biometrics within the next 2 years.
Equally, the technology seems to be widely accepted as IATA’s passenger survey in 2021 concluded that 73% of passengers were willing to share their personal biometric data to enhance efficiencies, compared to 46% in 2019.
Biometric technology provider, iProov has joined a network of multiple countries testing a cross-European payments system for the EU digital ID wallet.
The EU digital wallet is said to be a strong market contender to deliver a unified, interoperable digital identity system, which will allow citizens to securely save their identity documents and personal information in one app.
One strategy that the European Commission has implemented in building a multi-disciplined EU digital wallet has been to work with varied technology providers to integrate not only citizens’ identity documents and driving licences but medical records and bank cards. Through the DIGITAL-programme, the EU Commission called for pilots across different functions of the app.
Six countries are members of the Consortium, founded by NOBID, including Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia and Norway. The payments pilot will be built upon a foundation of existing payments infrastructures, allowing users to do account-to-account and instant transfers.
Founder and CEO of iProov, who presented at Identity Week Europe in June, commented: “iProov is delighted to have contributed as a core team member in this consortium, which comprises so many distinguished digital identity experts”.
“We are committed to its vision for an inclusive and secure way to help citizens make payments. The success of the EU Digital Identity Wallet will depend largely on citizen adoption and usage. iProov provides simple and secure remote enrollment and authentication, which will be crucial to this goal”.
iProov’s flagship products deliver Genuine Presence Assurance which is defined by authenticating user access requests in real time, combining biometric technology and coloured illumination. Meet them in-person at Identity Week America where they will be exhibiting as a Platinum Sponsor: https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/identity-week-america/index.stm
U.S. senators have signed a petition to end the use of facial recognition technologies and personal information being purchased by the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to crackdown on immigration.
In the petition senators are seeking to stop law authorities from buying personal information from millions of U.S. citizens, arguing that this invades rights on privacy and practises an unethical culture of surveilling people in the United States to carry out deportation proceedings.
The senators involved in the petition include director Tae Johnson, Edwards Markey, D-Mass and Ron Wyden cite a comprehensive two-year investigation which included countless Freedom of Information Act requests and a review of the ICE’s tender records.
The senators wrote: “Much of this effort, which has enabled ICE to obtain detailed information about the vast majority of people living in the United States, has been shrouded in secrecy”.
The evidence stacked against the ICE reveals that the ICE indiscriminately used face recognition technology to obtain license photographs of 32% of adults in the U.S. The ICE approximately invested $2.8 billion in new surveillance, data collection technology between 2008 and 2021.
The International Air Transport Association’s One ID digital identity initiative will pave the way for seamless air travel from curb to gate and help airports cope with growing passenger traffic.
The surge in air passenger traffic, a shortage of airport manpower and Covid-19 travel requirements have increased processing time for air travellers over the past year.
Not only do travellers have to grapple with changing travel restrictions, they also have to verify their identities at multiple checkpoints, from the moment they arrive at the check-in counter to the time they go through security and board the plane at the gates.
Against this backdrop, providing a contactless and seamless travel experience is necessary for airports to cope with the growing demand for air travel in the aftermath of the pandemic, according to Vinoop Goel, Asia-Pacific regional director of airports and external relations for the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
“The process has to be paperless – we don’t want to come up with a digital process but then also require people to print documents,” Goel said. “Passengers need to own and control their data and the verifying parties should require only the minimum data.”
Those are some of the key principles behind IATA’s One ID, a digital identity initiative that will ease identity authentication and verification while allowing passengers to assert their identity online and in off-airport situations.
Speaking at Identity Week Asia 2022 in Singapore this week, Goel said IATA has established a One ID working group that brings together different stakeholders, including government agencies, immigration authorities, security agencies, technology providers, airlines and airports, to work out some recommendations and guidelines, which should be ready within a year.
Under the One ID framework, a traveller’s credentials, health certificates, visas and flight details will be sent in advance to relevant government agencies, which will then approve the passenger’s entry into a country based on that information.
“The passenger will also have to share his or her biometric information, such as facial images, so that receiving parties can authenticate and say this person who looks like this is approved to fly,” said Goel. “So, when passengers reach the airport, they are ready to fly and are able to pass all the checks without having to prove their identity again and again.”
Under the One ID framework, a traveller’s credentials, health certificates, visas and flight details will be sent in advance to relevant government agencies, which will then approve the passenger’s entry into a country based on that information.
While the One ID framework is being developed, some airports such as Singapore’s Changi Airport have already implemented immigration gantries to capture biometric data, but still require physical scans of passports. At some US airports, inbound trusted travellers can identify themselves through facial recognition at designated kiosks without having to scan their passports.
Goel stressed that for One ID to take off, governments will need to follow the same framework so that travellers are able to leave and enter a country using their digital identities. “What we don’t want is the world to be so fragmented that every country is implementing something digital, but they are not able to interoperate with each other.
“That would be a disaster for a travel – your digital identity might work for domestic processes like opening a bank account, but imagine if you’re not able to transfer money overseas. That’s the problem that we’re trying to avoid,” he said.
With global air travel expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2024, Goel said there was no way the aviation industry could support that growth with current paper processes.
“You can’t keep building more and more check-in counters at airports,” he said. “There isn’t enough space, you will have massive congestion and you don’t want to take the joy out of travel. The only way to enable this growth is through a contactless process, and that starts with developing the right standards and foundations of digital identity, admissibility and a contactless processing.”
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