Belarus launches ePassport and eID project

Belarus launches ePassport and eID project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entersekt adds BankID to its secure platform

Entersekt adds BankID to its secure platform

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Identity Week 2021 to focus on ID verticals

Identity Week 2021 to focus on ID verticals

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

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

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

Identity in the verticals

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

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

Enterprise identity

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

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

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

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

For more information on attending, see here.

Veridium works with NIST on contactless tech

Veridium works with NIST on contactless tech

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Alcatraz AI announces partnership with Switched On Space

Alcatraz AI announces partnership with Switched On Space

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

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

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

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

FPC seals biometric payment card partnership in India

FPC seals biometric payment card partnership in India

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

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

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

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

Florida chooses BIO-key’s PortalGuard Identity

Florida chooses BIO-key’s PortalGuard Identity

BIO-key International, a provider of workforce and customer identity and access management (IAM) solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics, (IBB), today announced that Florida’s Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office has selected BIO-key’s PortalGuard Identity and Access Management platform to provide secure, multi-factor authentication (MFA) and access to voter data and files in Florida’s fifth-largest county. The decision builds on the Office’s earlier deployment of BIO-key’s fingerprint biometric solutions

Based on the County’s evolving security requirements, its Supervisor of Elections Office chose PortalGuard because of its unique support for sixteen strong, multi-factor authentication methods, including advanced biometric authentication, and to leverage its earlier investment in BIO-key’s FIPS-compliant fingerprint scanners for government security applications. The Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office is comprised of a broad spectrum of full and part-time employees and volunteers, often in shared workstation environments, making secure MFA access to workstations an essential requirement. The large influx of new staff members during election cycles calls for an authentication solution that is secure, efficient, and easily adaptable in managing access to mission-critical election data and providing a clear user access audit trail.

BIO-key’s PortalGuard IAM and IBB security platform is ideal for election applications because it is affordable, easy to deploy and manage, and supports cutting edge biometric authentication to deliver the highest level of data security to protect the integrity of elections. BIO-key meets or exceeds the strictest authentication requirements while also meeting disciplined IT resource investment goals. For election security, IBB is a better alternative to user-controlled, device-based biometric methods, ensuring that only an authentic user can access their online identity, preventing information from being accessed by unauthorized users or hackers.

“Our expanding engagement with leading County Supervisor of Elections Offices confirms that we understand their unique security use cases and that our tailored IAM solutions meet their needs. We have forged an election security program that is seamless, easy to launch, and able to support a wide array of authentications options. PortalGuard IAM with Identity-Bound Biometrics has proven to be highly desirable for organizations that require an enterprise-grade access security solution,” said Mike DePasquale, Chairman and CEO of BIO-key International. “BIO-key enables election officials to meet the challenges of an evolving threat landscape in an easy to deploy and cost-effective manner.”

IBIA dispels myths about face recognition tech

IBIA dispels myths about face recognition tech

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) today published a white paper entitled ” Data Analysis of Facial Recognition Technology.” The paper offers an analysis of the independent testing by the National Institute of Standards and Technology ( NIST ), which reveals continued improvement in the accuracy of facial recognition technology by IBIA member companies.

Commenting on the paper’s release, IBIA Chairperson John Mears said, “The IBIA and our member companies are committed to the ethical use of our technologies, especially in the area of facial recognition, without racial or other biases. Our mission is to educate and advocate for best practices, policies and laws that balance civil rights and liberties with the need to properly identify individuals. As the NIST paper and our analysis make clear, facial recognition technologies can help eliminate the biases inherent to human review. Questions of bias are ones we take seriously, both in the data our technologies provide and how that data is applied by those using the technology. We look forward to the opportunity to engage more broadly on these important topics and facilitate a thoughtful dialogue on how we can all do better.”

According to Pew Research, nearly 75% of Americans have heard little or nothing about face recognition technology. This lack of understanding – due in part to a lack of accessible information – contributes to narratives that conflate the different use-cases of the technology and heighten concerns. Whether deliberate or as a result of genuine misunderstanding, such positions serve as a means of confusing and alarming the public and promulgating myths. The paper we publish today seeks to explain NIST test results in clear language. IBIA remains committed to educating the public about the safeguards that go into our technologies and the need for fair application free from bias of any kind.

Identity Strategy Partners awarded US Army innovation award

Identity Strategy Partners awarded US Army innovation award

Identity Strategy Partners (IdSP) has been awarded a Phase 1 U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project to enable the development of a next-generation secure and contactless biometric physical access control solutions known collectively as the Pandemic Entry & Automated Control Environment (PEACE).

The PEACE project aims to create a biometrically-enabled access control solution that leverages existing U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) data to achieve an automated, secure, accelerated entry environment for physical access while incorporating solutions to the health issues highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase 1 will see the creation of an enterprise-grade end-to-end face recognition-based solution. Subsequent phases are anticipated to lead to production of a commercially-viable product customized to U.S. Army requirements.

“We are excited to help the U.S. Army move beyond reliance on physical Common Access Cards, enabling its personnel to gain access to authorized spaces in a hygienic, secure and rapid way. We will achieve this by integrating innovative access control processes and best-of-breed biometric technologies with existing DOD infrastructure.” – Janice Kephart, CEO, Identity Strategy Partners

PEACE will address different physical access scenarios. It aims to eliminate the need for personnel to use the Common Access Card (“CAC card”), the standard identification card for both uniformed and civilian DOD personnel, for routine access tasks. The current card-based system is robust yet slow, leading to long lines, presents hygiene risks to supervising officers and personnel entering buildings, yet has scope to incorporate next-generation technology and security. Through this SBIR, Team IdSP will help speed and simplify access, and reduce risk of pandemic exposure, to the potential benefit of all DOD personnel.

CU NextGen launches authID’s Identity Services

CU NextGen launches authID’s Identity Services

As financial institutions look to strengthen and simplify identity verification and secure authentication, today, authID.ai (formerly Ipsidy), a leading provider of secure, mobile, biometric identity verification and authentication solutions, announced that CU NextGen has integrated with its Identity as a Service (IDaaS) platform. CU NextGen is a CUSO dedicated to delivering leading-edge and customizable technology and support to more than 40 credit unions across the United States, ensuring deeper and lasting relationships with employees, members, and communities.

Through this new partnership, CU NextGen has begun roll-out of authID’s identity services with its first credit union with plans for further expansion to additional credit unions across the United States. CU NextGen is leveraging authID’s biometric identity authentication solution to transform the way its credit union clients recognize their members—both digitally and in-person, with similar, consistent experiences.

“authID is committed to helping financial services companies combat identity fraud by knowing with biometric certainty who is transacting on their platform,” said Tom Thimot CEO of authID.ai. “authID’s solutions enable CU NextGen to deliver upon its promise of bringing the highest levels of identity assurance and providing frictionless experiences that now allow credit union members to verify identity whether in-branch or online with similar practices in either setting.”

CU NextGen selected the authID IDaaS platform to mitigate identity fraud and enhance the security of its credit unions’ banking platforms. The integration will enable CU NextGen to implement authID’s Proof™ to provide its credit unions with the basis of trusted identity for digital and in-person new customer onboarding events. Proof delivers seamless identity verification with quick, mobile identity document capture and tamper check, liveness confirmation and facial biometric matching of a selfie to the identity credential photo. Proof confirms the rightful owner of the document is present and applying for an account.

 “We empower our clients to own their member and employee experiences, and one of the ways we have done that is by creating custom interfaces for new customer onboarding. Of course, the need for strong identity verification and secure authentication is critical to that process,” said Kent Zimmer, CEO of CU NextGen. “By adding authID’s biometric identity services to our platform, we can help our members reduce risk, deliver enhanced identity trust, and offer the seamless convenience of passwordless login for credit union members.”

Keyless achieves both FIDO Biometrics and FIDO2 Certification

Keyless achieves both FIDO Biometrics and FIDO2 Certification

Keyless Technologies, the privacy-preserving, identity company, today announced FIDO2 Certification for its proprietary biometrics technology. This comes just months after Keyless became one of only seven providers globally to receive FIDO Biometrics Certification, validating that Keyless’ facial recognition technology meets industry standards for user verification and spoofing detection accuracy. Achieving certification in both Biometrics and FIDO2, confirms that Keyless’ biometric authentication software meets the highest global standards for authentication and makes Keyless unique in a market which is demanding ever more security, privacy and crucially interoperability, all whilst simplifying and enhancing user experience.

The Keyless biometrics platform enables organizations to deploy passwordless and multi-factor authentication solutions. The platform eliminates the need to store and manage sensitive information, enabling organizations to protect their users with one, simple action, via a quick, intuitive user experience. The technology combines multi-modal biometrics with advanced cryptography, leveraging a distributed cloud architecture. Due to the way Keyless leverages these technologies, privacy is preserved for the user and regulatory requirements, such as GDPR and PSD2 are not just met, but exceeded. This has a meaningful impact not just for employees, but for organizations relying on strong customer authentication in areas such as mobile banking and payments.

Also, there is no need to rely on the device hardware or operating system, which means organizations can innovate and deploy their applications and services faster, regardless of which devices their employees use – for example replacing hardware tokens and instead using mobile phones as security keys.

“In today’s digital world, the average person needs to remember more than 100 passwords so it’s no wonder that Verizon attributes 84% of security breaches to compromised passwords. Organizations are now working to adopt zero-trust, identity-first security to protect their users and our mission at Keyless is to make accessing digital services seamless, safe and private from any device. Achieving these two certifications from The FIDO Alliance is a crucial step on that journey and we’re proud to be the first to bring the next generation of biometric authentication to the market,” said Andrea Carmignani, CEO and Co-Founder at Keyless.

Keyless is integrating the FIDO2 certified technology into both its workforce and consumer offerings, enabling organizations to choose whether to use FIDO2 when implementing Keyless for employees or consumers.

Op-ed: Why Latin America chose biometric authentication for payment cards

Op-ed: Why Latin America chose biometric authentication for payment cards

By Gilles P. Roux, Head of Payments Business Americas at Fingerprints 

In June 2021, BBVA Mexico became the first bank in Latin America to announce the rollout of biometric payment cards. Following launches in card-loving France and Switzerland, the world has been favorably surprised to see Mexico as next to launch.

But think again. Latin America has made itself known in the fintech world. In recent years, it became one of the world’s most active regions for the industry, with over half a billion US dollars raised for fintech start-ups in the first half of 2020.

Now, the whole region has strong ambitions to continue this momentum in payments and fintech innovation, moving from a cash-first ecosystem towards a new chapter for banking and payments.

Evolving a legacy

Latin America has historically seen relatively high unbanked or underbanked populations. For example, the estimated unbanked individuals in Mexico and Brazil are 42 and 34 million respectively, that is a staggering 32% and 16% of the overall population.

However, the past few years have seen significant and rapid change. The proportion of unbanked citizens in Costa Rica dropped eight percent between 2019 and 2020. Argentina’s fell by eight percent, Colombia 18% and Brazil an astonishing 73%.    

Many put this down to the fintech revolution. It is establishing a smarter payment ecosystem and the region’s banking sector is offering the latest innovations and experiences to customers to establish new levels of trust.  

Take Mexico, where openings of digital wallets and patronage of neo banks have grown by 30%, while electronic transactions such as bill payments and money transfers have soared by 80%. In July 2021, the number of digital bank accounts in Brazil topped 200 million, and according to the Bank of America, May saw 21 million Brazilian banking apps and digital wallets downloaded. In Colombia, according to BBVA Research, the number of mobile banking users is expected to increase by 721%, to 15.6m, in the decade to 2025, up from 1.9m in 2015.

And Latin America shows no sign of slowing down.  

Catching up with contactless

As the region’s banking sector serves previously unbanked citizens and payments technologies proliferate, the cash-first economy is eroding. In Brazil, the use of payment cards grew 8.2% in 2020, topping two trillion transactions.

Much like the rest of the world, Latin America consumers are migrating away from cash and PIN pads towards contactless, attracted by the frictionless and hygienic payment experience. Brazil saw a remarkable 469.6% growth in contactless payment value between 2019-20 as a consequence.

According to Mastercard, 80% of card issuers across Latin America now offer contactless cards, and 84% of the region’s consumers believe they are a cleaner way to pay. Also, 79% of consumers felt contactless payment cards were more secure than cash, and similar numbers plan to keep using them for the foreseeable future.

Despite the strong growth in contactless, consumers are concerned about the risk of fraud if their cards are lost or stolen, and many are still confused about varying payment limits at the POS. 

Touch, tap, trust – building confidence with biometrics 

Over the past few years, Latin America’s central banks have developed policies to support increased financial inclusion. One priority: ensuring consumers experience the benefits of payment innovation. 

Given the high proportion of previously unbanked consumers, establishing trust and confidence will be key factors in maintaining momentum behind the evolving fintech and payment sector in the region. Biometrics has a role to play. In many countries of Latin America, consumers have already been using biometrics for decades to authenticate themselves; for social security, ID, driving license, accessing workspace and registering work time. Educating consumers on the role biometrics has to play for secure and convenient payments experience, highlighting that their data stays in their control, will bring reassurance and confidence. And when more consumers experience the same convenience of contactless paired with advanced security level, demand and adoption will follow.

Supporting new era in banking and payments

The launch of biometric payment cards in Mexico with BBVA reflects the region’s ambitions to continue its progress towards smarter payments and embrace cashless opportunities.

Biometric cards present significant opportunities for consumers, banks and merchants, enabling the next generation of convenient, secure and hygienic in-store purchases. As the region aspires to maintain momentum, biometric payment cards can be a powerful asset in the decision maker’s toolbox, and it would be no surprise that BBVA Mexico is the first in a long list of Latin American banks offering this stunning innovation to their customers.

To learn more about the global potential for biometric payment cards, visit our web page or check out our regional infographics.

 

Cognitec wins Germany EES contract

Cognitec wins Germany EES contract

Cognitec Systems will capture biometric facial images of all relevant travellers from third countries as part of the European Entry/Exit System (EES). Cognitec was awarded the contract for the delivery of the capturing devices in Germany.

Cognitec’s technology will be installed at border check points in all international airports and seaports in Germany. The contract initially spans four years and includes the delivery of more than 1700 FaceVACS-Entry CS devices, followed by installation and maintenance.

“We feel proud and excited to be working with the German authorities on this major project,” says Managing Director Alfredo Herrera: “In the past 20 years, Cognitec has contributed many pioneering products to automate airport and border control processes. This profound technical expertise, combined with our experience in working on government projects, will serve well to ready Germany’s borders for the EU entry/exit system.”

FaceVACS-Entry CS offers highly innovative features to quickly capture standards-compliant portrait images: instant camera positioning according to body height, active lighting, and interactive user guidance. In addition, its light-weight, slim design and flexible mounting methods enable installations on Germany’s varied border check booths.

The solution extends the presence of Cognitec solutions at border check points in German airports. Millions of travelers have used the company’s technology to verify their identity during self-service border control procedures in eGates.

IDEX Biometrics wins order for TrustedBio

IDEX Biometrics wins order for TrustedBio

IDEX Biometrics ASA, a leading provider of advanced fingerprint identification and authentication solutions, has received an additional purchase order for its TrustedBio biometric fingerprint sensors from an existing customer increasing production backlog for TrustedBio. Delivery is planned for the 4th quarter of 2021.

IDEX continues to see increasing demand for its TrustedBio sensors for use in biometric payment cards. As demand continues to increase, IDEX Biometrics is expecting additional production orders throughout second half of 2021 from both existing customers, and new customers who have not yet been announced.

Aware’s Knomi addresses demand for touchless solutions

Aware’s Knomi addresses demand for touchless solutions

Aware, a global provider of biometrics software products, solutions and services, announces that its mobile biometric authentication platform, Knomi, is fully configured for a variety of touchless applications needed today. With offices and buildings reopening in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of easily integrated, touchless authentication solutions has never been greater. Knomi meets this need directly as a trusted, flexible, secure and contactless biometric solution for a variety of use cases.

Since the onset of Covid-19, the general population is more aware than ever as to how the frequency of interactions per day put them in contact – and risk – for virus spreading. Shared touchscreens and kiosks can retain viruses, as well as create a slow, cumbersome authentication process that produces lines and close quarter waiting, jeopardizing social distancing guidelines. As industries felt the impact of the global pandemic, the workforce, travel and hospitality groups saw a particularly significant decline. Even with post-Covid travel making a comeback with return to office plans being put in place and entertainment venues reopening, hesitation persists with consumers demanding mobile solutions that reduce – or mitigate – the need for in-person engagements that may jeopardize their health. By incorporating biometrics into visitor management, border control, and mobile authentication workflows, these demands can be addressed directly, granting users access to their accounts and offices quickly, safely and confidently.

“The demand for touchless authentication solutions has never been higher, and we’re proud to have a trusted solution in Knomi that meets this demand immediately,” said Bob Eckel, president and chief executive officer of Aware, Inc. “Knomi’s industry-leading face and voice biometrics already provide our customers with a convenient and flexible authentication solution that replaces fraud-prone passwords. But it is also an ideal solution for touchless workflows as well, providing world class authentication without the need for shared touchpoints, while providing our customers and users with some much-needed peace of mind after Covid.”

The Knomi mobile biometric authentication platform uses mobile devices and browsers to provide a trusted registration process and authenticate users safely, securely and conveniently. With industry-leading face and voice recognition, passive liveness detection, and flexible device-, server-, and browser-based options, Knomi is a secure, convenient customer onboarding and authentication platform for virtually any use case.

Companies and organizations interested in touchless authentication solutions can expect to address the following use cases and benefits with Knomi:

  • Visitor management: Enroll and authenticate visitors and employees securely, conveniently and safely with Aware’s touchless, biometrically-powered visitor and employee management solutions. With Aware, visitor management providers can use existing devices or kiosks to conduct biometric matching and liveness detection at check-in, providing a safe, secure and convenient visitor and employee access experience.
  • Border and transportation management: Authenticate and process travelers quickly and frictionlessly without the need for shared touchpoints. Knomi’s industry-leading face and voice matching and liveness is highly secure and entirely contactless, providing increased security and peace of mind for travelers and authorities alike.
  • Venue access management: Welcome visitors to large-scale venues conveniently and touchlessly with biometrically-powered onboarding and authentication solutions from Aware. Enable secure, streamlined access to popular locations such as concert halls and sports arenas without the need for physical tickets or long lines, and provide a more convenient option for age-dependent purchases with built-in identity assurance.
Imageware and Four Points Technology win $2.7 million VA contract

Imageware and Four Points Technology win $2.7 million VA contract

ImageWare, a leader in biometric identification and authentication, and Four Points Technology, a partner/reseller, was awarded a three-year, $2.7 million contract by The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) under Four Points Technology’s NASA SEWP V contract for support of its Personal Identification Verification card program.

The contract is for software and support services that are required to deliver biometrically-enabled credentials to the PIV smart cards. It covers a total of one base year with two, one-year option periods to provide biometric leasing support and enhanced security for contractors, employees, and agency facilities.

“We are pleased to play a vital role in the largest implementation of biometric smart cards, with over 1,089,000 installations, inside the federal government,” said Company CEO Kristin Taylor. “Imageware’s track record of consistently winning awards with the VA in this decade-plus relationship showcases our reliability and the effectiveness of our biometric identification systems. Large commercial enterprises and government agencies like the VA need an identity management solution that provides flexible capabilities to meet ever-changing business security requirements, and ImageWare provides just that in our open-architected and patented Biometric Engine. We appreciate the strong rapport we’ve received from the VA and look forward to continue providing dependable biometrics support and security solutions over the coming years.”

Jason Goldberg, VP, Sales at Four Points Technology added: “We are committed to working with the VA to meet their critical identity management and security mandates, of which the Imageware solution is an integral piece. This contract is a new instance but is an ongoing partnership between Four Points, Imageware and the VA for the past several years.”

BIO-key announces new MobilePOS

BIO-key announces new MobilePOS

BIO-key International, a provider of civil, workforce and customer identity and access management (IAM) solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics, today announced the availability of BIO-key MobilePOS Pro, a handheld, biometrically-enabled, rugged and powerful Android Point of Sale terminal, incorporating an FBI-certified capacitive fingerprint scanner into an all-in-one form factor featuring a thermal printer, high-resolution 5 megapixel camera, dual SIM 4G/LTE/CDMA/EDGE cellular and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi support, a barcode scanner, NFC scanner, triple-track magnetic stripe reader, long life 5800 mAh battery and large 5.5” touchscreen display. The new device enables self-contained mobile in-person commerce, ideal for banking, social- and aid-workers, healthcare-related transactions, including enrollment, identification, payment transactions, proof of presence/proof of life ID verification for secure, fraud-free transactions, supporting both BIO-key’s fingerprint and contactless PalmPositive identity verification solutions for absolute confidence about exactly who is participating in a transaction.

By adding biometric identity verification capabilities to a state-of-the-art mobile POS terminal, BIO-key MobilePos Pro advances the mobile POS to become part of an identity ecosystem that eliminates identity uncertainty, speeds positive identification and detects and stops fraud losses arising from identity theft.

MobilePOS Pro units are available to ship now and have already been deployed to BIO-key’s customers in Africa. Mobile POS Pro is available in hardware-only configurations or secured by BIO-key PortalGuard and WEB-key IAM IDaaS software solutions. Units may be pre-loaded with custom applications for bulk purchasers.

“We know that providing a full and complete biometric-ready product line is essential to supporting our customers who engage in mobile POS transactions,” said Michael DePasquale, BIO-key Chairman and CEO. “We see the new model of roving engagement for banking, healthcare, social work and payments as ideal applications for adding the certainty and ease of BIO-key Identity Bound Biometrics and Mobile POS Pro,” continued DePasquale.

 

Welcome to Identityweek.net

Welcome to Identityweek.net

Identityweek.net launched this week as the new home of everything related to identity technologies, concepts and standards. The timing is apt – getting the digitalisation of identity right is rising as one of our planet’s biggest challenges.

Our news portal welcomes past readers of Security Document World and Planet Biometrics to a newer, better, bolder and more incisive platform that consolidates all the must-read news in our sector. A Digital Identity channel has also been added that covers all the critical issues in that emerging sector.

Each section has a wealth of daily news, features and industry interviews, and companies that wish to publicise their news can submit press releases for consideration by our editorial team. There are archives of all the past content from Security Document World and Planet Biometrics.

identityweek.net’s news coverage is closely tied in with our event offerings. Here, you will find the more comprehensive and up to date details on dates, speakers and locations for our unmatched series of identity-focused events.

We aim to provide news and coverage that enlightens the identity industry, and link communities and stakeholders in our sector. Identity is a part of every online transaction, and there are trillions of these each day – it is vital we work together to keep our industry’s image positive in the eyes of governments, the public and the wider economy.

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NtechLab launches FindFace Multi

NtechLab launches FindFace Multi

NtechLab has released FindFace Multi, a detection technology that uses an advanced algorithm to recognize not only faces, but also bodies of people and cars. This update to its flagship product is a step change for security experts in their fight against crime and also an invaluable tool for commercial planners. Another distinctive feature is its ability to support many video streams and facial database entries, ensuring the system offers unrivalled scalability.

Body recognition allows FindFace Multi users to count and search, as well as track movements, with high accuracy the numbers of people moving through an environment as well as identifying individuals. The algorithm also takes into account markers such as height, color of clothes and accessories. The ability to accurately identify numbers is also an important feature for urban planning, shopping center developers and managers and other commercial areas.

The vehicle recognition function determines the body type, color, manufacturer, and model of a car, as well as searching by license plate. Even if license plates, or parts of the vehicle are not visible or obscured, the system can still identify a car.

Using an intelligent criteria-based facial search, a user can detect and track ‘persons of interest’ in a split second. It also has high levels of accuracy in detecting faces even when they are partially covered with medical mask or clothes.

The algorithm took first place in the global competition because it increased, by a factor of ten, the ability to accurately identify faces that are masked, as well as doubling benchmark accuracy rates of individuals who weren’t wearing masks. It can, for instance, accurately identify someone whether they have a beard or are wearing glasses or a mask.

I-3 secures IBIS patent

I-3 secures IBIS patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a patent on Tuesday, July 20 (patent #11,068,732) to the CEO of Ideal Innovations, Inc. (I-3), called International Biometric Identification System (IBIS). This patent may have a significant impact on the way in which international entities biometrically verify individuals from foreign countries without violating privacy in the process.

“IBIS is a significant step forward with regard to the use of biometrics internationally, in that it provides for identification verification of subjects from different countries without sharing of biometric information between those countries,” noted Bob Kocher, CEO of I-3. “Privacy and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) disclosure are top-of-mind issues these days with respect to biometric use, and we specifically wanted to find a way to address that concern with IBIS.”

IBIS encompasses a system and method for international biometric identity verification between two countries, without transferring biometric information between the two countries. It will replace the traditional approach of identification via uniforms and identification cards, which are easily compromised, into a secure approach of leveraging biometric information through a person’s identity. This approach is consistent with the policy of not sharing any biometric information relating to verification of identification of individuals with other countries.

“We imagine applications where partner nations, working in international assistance, humanitarian, and even military operations domains, can rapidly and securely vet individuals from other countries biometrically, without compromising that individual’s personal information,” stated Kocher.

Ideal Innovations is an inventions company that develops innovative ways to solve difficult problems. It has additional experimental efforts underway, including developing methods for identifying potential elite future performers, rapid secure access systems, and early detection of viruses.