Herta, recognized at the ALAS 2022 Awards

Herta, recognized at the ALAS 2022 Awards

The security software company Herta, developer of facial recognition and artificial intelligence solutions, has been awarded the second prize of the Latin American Security Association for its Visibles project.

Herta won the prize for the best security project with its Visibles project at the awards granted by the Latin American Security Association (ALAS). The Association brings together the main companies in the security industry in Latin America and the Caribbean. Annually, it organizes a contest aimed at rewarding the best projects in Latin American security.

In this 2022 edition, Herta was proclaimed the second winner in the public category thanks to their project Visibles, from Migración Colombia.

The Visibles project was designed for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia with the intention of detecting cases of Venezuelan migrants with documentation problems. Almost 43% of Venezuelans residing in Colombia are in an irregular situation (according to data from the Colombian Ministry of Migration). Consequently, it ends up generating negative effects in their incorporation into the productive apparatus, as well as facilitating “impunity” in those few cases that enter for illegal purposes.

Through Herta’s software, an integrated and personalized platform is created where the biographical, demographic and multi-biometric identity (facial, fingerprint and iris) of Venezuelan migrants is registered. With this, it is possible to exercise migratory and security control through video surveillance cameras with facial recognition at border posts.

To date, more than two million Venezuelan citizens have been registered and more than one and a half million card holders have registered on the new Visibles platform, contributing to their insertion in Colombia and thus guaranteeing correct identification.

IDEMIA Deploys On-Site TSA PreCheck Enrollment Initiative at Multiple U.S. Airports

IDEMIA Deploys On-Site TSA PreCheck Enrollment Initiative at Multiple U.S. Airports

In 2022, IDEMIA, a global identity leader and long-time authorized TSA PreCheck® enrollment provider, has introduced pilots and long-term deployments of an innovative new on-site TSA PreCheck enrollment initiative that provides travelers with an even more convenient way to enroll in the program.This new, simplified service delivers TSA PreCheck enrollment in five minutes or less, and most passengers will receive their Known Traveler Number (KTN) within three to five days.

Staffed by IDEMIA TSA PreCheck Enrollment Ambassadors with mobile enrollment carts, the service was successfully demonstrated for two-week periods at Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN),Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) in Mississippi and at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) in Kentucky. Longer-term deployments of the initiative have been launched at at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Texas and most recently, Orlando International Airport (MCO) in Florida.

Lisa Sullivan, SVP, Travel and Transport for IDEMIA I&S North America said: “This is a game changer that simplifies TSA PreCheck enrollment, and we have had great success rolling this out to travellers while they are already at the airport. IDEMIA is a pioneer in identity verification and validation technologies and our innovations are helping streamline the TSA PreCheck enrollment process for travellers”.

Under this initiative, IDEMIA TSA PreCheck Enrollment Ambassadors are stationed in the airport in easy-to-spot uniforms to increase awareness of the program and to assist passengers with TSA PreCheck enrollment.

Kim Jackson, TSA’s Federal Security Director for the State of Mississippi commented: “The first test of this mobile enrollment initiative at Jackson proved very popular with travelers. Travelers are enrolling in TSA PreCheck knowing that 94 percent of TSA PreCheck passengers will wait less than five minutes in line on their future trips, and travelers are confident knowing their TSA PreCheck eligibility will streamline their transit through the airport: they can keep their shoes, belts and light jackets on and leave their compliant 3-1-1 liquids and laptops in their bag”.

“We were glad that Louisville was an early adopter of this new and important evolution of TSA PreCheck enrollment. Anytime we can offer travelers an opportunity to enhance their airport experience is a win for us and our community. We look forward to learning how best to deliver this new service for people traveling to and from our region”.

Dan Mann, Executive Director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority

In the coming months, IDEMIA will continue to launch this service at additional airports nationwide. A trusted provider to TSA, IDEMIA has processed more than 14.5 million enrollments in TSA PreCheck since 2013.

Iranian government to use surveillance tech to enforce hijab

Iranian government to use surveillance tech to enforce hijab

The Iranian government will use controversial surveillance technologies to take a firm stand against those who violate the country’s long-standing law on wearing the hijab.

While facial biometric technology is considered to have many uses in protecting personal and public security, particularly in the travel sector, it has widely been criticised as a technique used by police and authorities to violate people’s privacy.

The law, ordered by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, means that “violators” will be issued with fines while female members of government could be dismissed from their jobs if their dress is not deemed appropriate.

Since the decree was announced on 17 August, women have staged more protests disregarding the hijab in public places, where it is compulsory for women and girls over the age of 9 to abide by strict protocols on dress.

Over the years, women have publicly opposed the rigid restrictions over their freedoms however particularly in recent weeks the backlash has resulted in many being banned from entering government buildings, accessing services, opening bank accounts, or using public transportation.

Critics have accused the government of leveraging “violent ‘old-fashioned’ forms of totalitarian control dressed up in new technologies”.

The GOV.UK website cites that the use of biometric surveillance by state governments that aim to intimate citizens and threaten normal ways of life is a matter to be increasingly concerned about – not just in the UK but in less liberal countries for example in China and Iran.

The Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner said: “The people we trust – the police, fire and rescue, local authorities, the government itself – need to be able to trust their technology partners, both in terms of security and our ethical and professional values”.

A report by Comparitech, assessing the state of surveillance in 50 countries, found that China deploys widespread and invasive facial recognition technologies to monitor its citizens, as well as other ethnic nationals including Muslim minorities and Uighurs.

In 2021, Iran’s Law Enforcement Forces signed a contract with biometrics and digital ID provider, UID, to introduce harsher policing and enable potential offenders to be identified quickly against biometric databases.

Moreover, data including iris scans, fingerprints and facial images is collected and stored in Iran’s national identity cards.

Delta designs hand-free, touchless and “walking speed” airport experiences

Delta designs hand-free, touchless and “walking speed” airport experiences

Airports and airlines around the world are currently managing the fine balance between tightening security requirements to protect safe travel and ensuring smooth, speedy journeys for travellers.

In the UK, the Home Office is one of the front-leaders to trial “contactless corridors” where hidden cameras automatically verify travellers’ identities as they walk pass the terminal, putting an end to cumbersome security requirements.

Following the challenges of recent years imposed by the pandemic, Delta stepped up investment in its digital security infrastructures, deploying biometric screening.  Unveiling the PARALLEL REALITY™ technology in January 2020, Delta like many airlines and airport got to work with a vision to transform seamless travelling by harnessing advanced data which could be used to compare with a live facial image.

Increasingly the bench-mark is evolving to enable customers to experience a hand-free and touchless security. According to Delta news hub, the airline is “laser-focused” on making airports “walking speed” to mitigate the feeling that travellers present an imminent security risk. The blog impresses on the reader that future of secure travel should go under the radar.

In addition to both Atlanta and Detroit hubs, digital ID technology will soon be fully installed in two new terminals at LAX and LGA to allow customers to opt for hand-free experiences when checking in their bags, passing through security, powered by TSA PreCheck.

Delta’s PARALLEL REALITY technology also digitally enhances the way flight information is communicated with the customer. Over 200 million Delta customers can receive real-time, personalised updates on their flights from a 250-foot LED digital backwall erected in the terminal lobby.

The information board is situated in the new T3 terminal at LAX airport and allows customers who scan their paper or digital boarding pass to receive their own flight information. Up to 100 customers can share the screen at the same time however only see their information due to the biometric capabilities of the technology.

Delta News Hub cites the “endless possibilities” that are in reach and “walking-speed airports are truly within reach” with the integration of biometric systems which have the potential to scan travellers throughout their journey through the airport.
In summary, Allison Ausband, E.V.P. and Chief Customer Experience Officer emphasises how digital innovation and infrastructure upgrades that Delta have successfully implemented can make the customer feel more valued, as opposed to being considered as security threats.
She says: “That’s why personalising the customer experience is a priority for us. It’s one more way for us to say you matter and thank you for flying with Delta. There is no better time to keep climbing – I hope you’ll keep climbing with us to see our vision become reality”
Homeland Security set to answer industry questions around new biometrics contract

Homeland Security set to answer industry questions around new biometrics contract

A date has been set to hold a pre-proposal conference with potential bidders of the Application Support Center program, a biometric services contract issued by the Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.

Prior to 28th September, bidder’s can submit their questions and concerns surrounding the biometrics services contract.

All questions and feedback on the solicitation documents released so far should be submitted by the 21st September. Currently, Amentum is contract holder responsible for the installment and maintenance of biometric systems to streamline traveller experiences through airports.

With 130 Application Support Center offices across the United States, the Application Support Center program is an ongoing contract to support the screening of travellers and maintain immigration management leveraging biometrics and ID cards.

Biometrics systems match a live face image with an advanced data photograph of a person. Typically, facial recognition technology is the most commonly deployed modality of biometrics in the travel sector while data fingerprints and voice can also be used to verify individuals’ identities.

The duties of the new company contracted will include collecting biometric data from 6 applicants per hour on each screener, managing document scanning and expanding the modalities used.

MOSIP ID platform’s milestone of registrations, as digital ID schemes grow in Asia

MOSIP ID platform’s milestone of registrations, as digital ID schemes grow in Asia

The launch of MOSIP, the Modular Open Source Identity Platform, five years ago edged communities and countries closer to ensuring that everyone has an identity. Reportedly, over 1 billion of the world’s population, in particular disadvantaged minorities, women and trans citizens, lack a form of recognised identification which allows them freedom to verify their identity to access services and communicate with businesses.

The global project, which was initiated by International Institute of Information Technology- Bangalore, has successfully enabled 71 million people around the world to have access to a personal digital identity.

Deployed in six countries, developers have actioned feedback on creating a version of the platform that can manage multiple language translations.

The high-functioning platform can be fully purposed to issuing more digital IDs to citizens in these countries.

The system is interoperable with biometric integrations and verifiable credentials. Digital identity systems are being sharply adopted by governments in countries including Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand with other public key infrastructures to ensure secure insurance of digital ID. Without the opportunity that having a digital ID brings, The World Bank gives an anecdotal insight in an article published in 2019 on the registration records, citizen rights and hope that would be lost for citizens from around the globe. Official forms of ID that are deprived to some citizens include general birth certificates, national ID cards and similar documents, such as passports and drivers’ licenses.

While having an identity is taken for granted by some, a number of governments and suppliers in developing Asian countries have accelerated their state plans to enable their digital economies, introduce ID for citizens and follow the trend in biometric authentication. The Philippines has progressively stepped up its rollout of the PhlID card to over 8 million citizens while Dubai is collecting biometric fingerprint data from residents to aid criminal investigations.

The Philippine Statistics Authority responsible aims to deliver 50 million Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards split between digital and physical cards by the end of 2022.

“The national ID will play an important part in this digital transformation. For citizens to be able to seamlessly transact with government, their identity must be verifiable,” President Marcos said.

A pilot project is underway in Sri Lanka to consolidate national identity profiles with birth certificates.

Pindrop continues to grow, expands its footprint into APAC

Pindrop continues to grow, expands its footprint into APAC

Anurag Srivastava joins as General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, to support new phase of growth and bring Pindrop’s unique voice technology to region.

Pindrop, a global technology leader offering security, identity, and intelligence for every voice, today announced its expansion into the Asia-Pacific region, with entry into Singapore as its first move.

Pindrop helps its customers enable people to use their voice to seamlessly connect to, enter and unlock new experiences while helping safeguard their privacy. With its existing customer base comprising of some of the largest banks, insurance, telecommunications and retail companies in the United States and Europe, Pindrop will bring its expertise and unique offering to help companies in APAC to take better advantage of voice analysis.

As part of its growth, Pindrop has hired Anurag Srivastava as General Manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, to oversee the business, strategy, sales and customer success for Pindrop’s customers in the region. Srivastava brings with him over 20 years of experience across SaaS, products and consulting multinational corporations in Southeast Asia, India, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East on their digital, process transformation and automation initiatives.

“60% of the world’s population is in the Asia Pacific region and the world is heading towards a voice economy in the way people interact with each other and devices,” says Anurag Srivastava, GM – Asia Pacific and Japan at Pindrop. “Pindrop is already leading the charge when it comes to securing voice interactions for customers across the US and Europe. I’m so excited to be able to offer the same world-class technology to customers in APAC looking to more seamlessly detect fraud, efficiently deliver authentication and ensure top quality customer experience on all voice interactions.”

Following Srivastava’s hire, Pindrop intends to increase its regional team in Singapore alongside further expansion into Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Australia for 2023. To enable this growth, the company will be leveraging its relationships with its existing partners, AWS and Google Cloud, as well as exploring new partnerships with ISVs and resellers in the region.

The expansion of Pindrop into the Asia-Pacific region is being supported by EDBI, a Singapore-based global investor in select high growth technology sectors and other strategic industries that shape the future economic pillars of Singapore.“The next phase for Pindrop is not only about helping our existing customers to realise new potential when it comes to voice interactions, but with Anurag at the helm in Singapore, to also ensure we’re reaching for new heights, enabling success for new customers and keeping a continued focus on creating a safer digital world for us all,” says Vijay Balasubramaniyan, CEO and co-founder of Pindrop.

He continues: “The APAC region brings an exciting new opportunity and historic moment for Pindrop, and with support from EDBI, we’ve been blessed to see first-hand how their network has already enabled us to have conversations with potential customers in the region. More than that, the EDBI team brings great value to our partnership by offering strategic counsel. Together we are excited to continue to deliver on Pindrop’s mission to help organisations across the globe to open new worlds and unlock the power of human voice.”

Meet Pindrop on Day 2 of Identity Week Asia: https://secure.terrapinn.com/V5/step2.aspx?Q=2440061XDHY&TMID=2558788

Highlights of Day 1 at Identity Week Asia 2022

Highlights of Day 1 at Identity Week Asia 2022

As Identity Week Asia draws to a close, here is a roundup of highlights from this year’s fantastic keynote presentations, busy seminars, packed roundtable discussions and bustling expo floor.

An insightful presentation was delivered on Day 1 by Jonathan Andresen, Senior Director of Marketing at Incode at #IdentityWeekAsia on Powering A World of Trust – The Incode Way with Pranav C. Fernanda Sottil, Eryin Halmen, and  Kristen Tsitoukis of Incode Technologies.

Our exhibition floor was compact with a true cross-section of the identity industry’s established solution providers including Premier Fintech LLC who are delighted to join Identity Week Asia, designed for Fintech professionals as well as targeting top identity sectors such as travel, healthcare and government. BioRugged and Cybernetica are also participating in the Identity Week Asia Expo; be sure to visit ID R&D too  at their booth #28.

John Amein, at ID R&D also spoke in a session on Liveness Detection which covered the differences between passive and active liveness detection solutions and the impact of abandonment rates on the bottom line.

Among key identity thought leaders were a cohort from U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including Carolyn Bayer-Broring.

Identity Week Asia provides a critical meeting place for titans of the identity industry bringing innovative new solutions to the marketplace. Moreover, a valuable part of the conference is also striving to ensure the future of identity security is entrusted to new talented startups which exhibit for FREE in our Start-Up Village to elevate their business prospects.

Be a part of 2023’s ecosystem of identity APAC leaders and meet new companies rising through the ranks and securing partnerships and investment to deliver their identity solutions across a number of applications including travel, finance and banking, healthcare and government. We also welcomed to our Start-Up Village the likes of IDENTY Touchless ID, HALA INFOSEC Premier Fintech LLC, Syntric AI, Build38, H-Kare Solutions, 1ID Silence Laboratories, betterdata, Argos KYC, and MineSecMicroSecINPULSE, inc.

Day 2 was packed with more energising presentations, stellar exhibitors to meet and chances for opportunistic networking with other stakeholders.

We heard from GovTech Singapore, IATA, Google, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Royal Thai Police, Netbank, Union Bank of Philippines, Vietnam Government – just to name a few!

Identity Week Asia is a thought-leadership conference and exhibition infusing expertise and experience from the brightest minds in the identity sector to promote innovation, new thinking, and more effective identity solutions.

Pindrop’s Tim Prugar sat on an expert panel, discussing the “Future of identity and authentication in the financial services”. Pindrop also delivered another seminar presentation on the Abilities of AI in voice, and how authentication can be achieved with language agnostic technology and a roundtable session on “Is voice the path to a passwordless future?”

Deloitte speakers Eric Lee, Gautam Kapoor and Iray Harel discussed the digital transformation of identity, future of identity and Privileged Access Management (PAM).

Settlement reached in Snapchat biometrics trial

Settlement reached in Snapchat biometrics trial

Snapchat has reportedly paid a $35 million settlement to close a legal case which centres on its use of filters and lenses.

The instant social messaging app is known for allowing users to change their appearance with photo or video filters. The scanning of a person’s face however has come under scrutiny for violating Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, which states that private companies must declare this activity and how long personal data is captured for.

The law around safeguarding biometric data in Illinois allows individuals control over their personal information and places requirements on private entities to be transparent about the specific purpose and length of time for which a person’s data is being collected and stored.

Biometric information includes scans of facial features such as the retina or iris, fingerprints, hands or voice.

A representative for Snapchat said in a statement, “Snapchat lenses do not collect biometric data that can be used to identify a specific person, or engage in facial identification” and the images are held on the user’s mobile device rather than being sent to a server.

“While we are confident that Lenses do not violate BIPA, out of an abundance of caution and as a testament to our commitment to user privacy, earlier this year we rolled out an in-app consent notice for Snapchatters in Illinois,” Boogaard says.

The settlement amount will be eligible to llinois residents who used filters and lenses on the app from 17 November 2015 and the present time. While the settlement is still being confirmed, those it applies to can submit a claim before 5 November 2022.

In a similar case, Google was forced to pay $100 million to mitigate further legal actions after the company was also accused of failing to abide by the Biometric Information Privacy Act over its face regrouping tool which collects similar faces together from photographs.

The issue of social media apps misusing their user’s personal information has also affected Tiktok’s trust credentials with the FCC commissioner branding the app a surveillance tool to collect and store sensitive data from US citizens.

Identity Week Asia Packed Conference Arrives in Singapore

Identity Week Asia Packed Conference Arrives in Singapore

The wait is nearly over to meet your perfect-match business partner or investor at Identity Week Asia 2022. The conference, running from Tuesday to Wednesday, will pack in sessions targeting the most advanced sectors in identity, plus hold an impressive exhibition with completely free access to the public.

Delivering insight, discussion and debate in a range of formats, industry stakeholders from digital identity, biometrics or document security fields can expect genuine partnerships to be forged, plenty of knowledge-sharing and collaboration to advance the security, simplicity and reliability of all digital or physical interactions.

Make a note of the key timings across this unmissable 2-day conference.

On Day 1 & 2, doors will open at 09:00 – 17:00.

This year’s agenda is notably inspired by a broad range of important identity topics that address the issue of the bridge between physical and digital identity, regulation, user trust, user demand for convenience, AI advances and data management requirements. Meet hundreds of companies and organisations aligned with your goals; listen to keynote presentations, participate in a lively roundtable discussion, or just walk the exhibition floor to learn from peers how we secure identity documents and digital assets and authenticate users by optical machine.

The key aspects of the conference will be to determine how the rising trend in digital identity verification can continue to grow to enable all  personal, public and global security threats can be countered by identity recognition.

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The public sector attends for free!

Identity Week Asia: Driving startup solutions to market

Identity Week Asia: Driving startup solutions to market

In addition to an extensive exhibition jam-packed with established identity solutions, Identity Week Asia also encompasses our Start-Up Village which serves as an important meeting place for identity start-ups at an early stage of their funding to meet potential investors and partners and forge new business deals.

Nurturing the next generation of identity talent and technologies is at the centre focus of our conferences spanning Asia, European and American markets.

Our Start-Up Village at Identity Week Asia 2022 includes:

Silence Laboratories provided authentication library with focus on decentralised infrastructure support while ensuring a perfect balance between usability and security. We are solving some of the dominant problems in multi-factor auth and signature schemes through propriety fusion of signal processing and multi-party computation cryptographic primitives.

Hala Infosec

Comprehensive, end-to-end and complete suite of IT & OT security services fuelled by integrated and customised solutions to enable maximum protection for enterprises’ entire IT architecture including on-premise, cloud and hybrid IT environments with detailed threat insights that will help enterprises to make informed decisions.

MicroSec

MicroSec aspires to help organisations operate safely and securely in an increasingly connected world by starting at the Edge.

MicroSec empowers organisations to take control over its environment through our unique approach of Security by Design at the Edge for IoT, IIoT and OT devices and networks, from proactively preventing attacks from the inside-out, stopping zero-day attacks on devices, preventing device and network intrusions, creating chains of trust between devices, and reducing your operational risks and costs starting from the device to the cloud.

MineSec helps their customers to drive innovations in secure and seamless contactless payment solution globally.

The white-label SoftPOS solution from MineSec provides ease of integration and customisation for various business needs, allowing customers to scale confidently and competitively to meet every market’s unique needs.

EarthID

EarthID is an award-winning Decentralized Identity Management platform that allows secure and frictionless exchange and verification of identity information.

EarthID helps organisations reduce identity frauds, and save time and costs associated with customer onboarding processes, while ensuring privacy and regulatory compliance. Powered by third-generation DLT, Artificial Intelligence and latest biometric security, EarthID provides a Universal ID Solution that is resistant to cyberattacks and compliant with global Data Regulations like GDPR and PDPB.

Syntric AI

Syntric AI helps biometrics companies fix their biggest challenge: data collection & labelling. Unlock Synthetic Data to lower your data collection time from weeks to hours, cover all edge cases and eradicate bias.

Premier FinTech LLC

Premier Fintech LLC is licensed by Qatar Financial Centre for Financial Technology Service and IT Consultancy Activities to provide the latest technologies to the market.

Premier is an innovative business and global supplier of Fintech & IT solutions with an exclusivity contract with top brands in the industry.

1ID

1ID is accelerator funded Travel Tech startup specialised in touchless immigration and security clearance solutions that use Blockchain technology to provide digital passports for travelelrs and real-time Arrival and Departure Control Dashboards for airports. 1ID creates digital identities for travellers through its Digital Passport platform and issues a unique virtual identification number using facial verification that is stored on blockchain.

Follow the link to register for FREE access to the exhibition and Start-Up Village at Identity Week Asia 2022: https://secure.terrapinn.com/V5/step1.aspx?E=10627&p=1

All you need to know about Identity Week Asia 2022

All you need to know about Identity Week Asia 2022

Identity Week Asia
Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore
September 6-7, 2022

Identity Week Asia is a conference and exhibition bringing together the brightest minds in the identity sector to promote innovation, new thinking, and more effective identity solutions.

The Asia Pacific is the fastest growing global region for the identity market, proving itself to be one of the world’s major identity hubs driving innovation and development.

Identity Week Asia provides a platform where global experts, industry leaders and businesses come together to share insights, ideas and technology to tackle the significant challenges facing the identity ecosystem. Driven by the continued global pandemic and by the number of developing economies in this region, Asia Pacific has seen a huge demand in digital identity solutions and security to curtail digital fraud and cyberattacks.

The Asia Pacific digital identity solutions market will grow by 21% annually with a total addressable market cap of $148.74 billion over 2020-2030. The cybersecurity market was valued at USD 30.45 billion in 2019 and is expected to register a CAGR of 18.3% between 2021 – 2026.

Held over two jam-packed days, hear from more than 100 world-renowned industry experts as they discuss market developments and threats, cutting-edge technologies and their convergence.

Tickets are valid for both full days of the conference in addition to free access to the exhibition floor. Book here: https://secure.terrapinn.com/V5/step1.aspx?E=10627&p=1

For more information on participating and booking tickets, visit the website: https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/identity-week-asia/index.stm

Integrated Biometrics Provides Front Line Field Identification to US Customs and Border Protection

Integrated Biometrics Provides Front Line Field Identification to US Customs and Border Protection

Mobile Fingerprint Scanners Assist U.S. Border Patrol Agents Amid the Largest Migrant Surge in DHS History.

During a recent Southwestern border crossing stop, a migrant used a fake name and date of birth to hide his true identity. A query of his fingerprints using a state-of-the-art mobile fingerprint scanner designed for field operations, exposed his true identity as a wanted man accused of first-degree murder in Tennessee.

Fingerprints don’t lie — US Border Patrol agent, Wellton Station, Yuma Sector

US Border Patrol agents arrested Jose Rosales Padilla and two other subjects in Arizona’s Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. Padilla was later turned over to the Yuma Police Department for extradition to Tennessee.

Padilla’s case is not unusual as recent immigrant numbers have surged while attempts by the current administration are underway to end the use of Section 265 of US Code Title 42, a program in place since the COVID-19 outbreak, which enables border security to refuse unlawful entry into the United States.

Title 42 allows the US Border Patrol and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to prohibit the entry of persons who potentially pose a health risk or who are unlawfully entering the country to bypass health-screening measures.

During the month of May, CBP reported 239,416 Southwest border encounters, the highest in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) history. Border Patrol agents also stopped at least 15 people listed on the FBI’s terror watch list trying to cross the US-Mexico border — bringing the total to an alarming 56[1] since October of last year. Total migrant encounters in FY 2022 add up to more than 1.6 million, according to the latest data released by CBP.

“Mobile fingerprint technology provided to US Customs & Border Patrol gives us the ability to rapidly identify and classify subjects in the field. Fingerprint scanners using LES technology have removed the need to transport subjects back to a border patrol station solely for the purpose of collecting fingerprints. This capability has proven to be invaluable and will continue to play a key role in CBP’s response and operations” – Jason R. Thompson, Assistant Chief United States Border Patrol, HQ Systems Division-e3/Biometrics

Given the rise in these numbers, the ability to quickly and accurately identify individuals in the field is more important than ever. For example, with the recent spike in apprehensions along the South Texas border, the Laredo sector of the US Border Patrol has increased its use of field identification technology. The Laredo South Section employs rugged laptops to expedite the processing of undocumented individuals. This field identification capability allows agents to be more effective and efficient in performing their duties- with no lost time associated with transporting suspects to stations. The mobile and rugged qualities of Integrated Biometrics’ fingerprint scanners, (Kojak, Five-0 and Watson) lend to the efficiency of mobile field identification solutions.

“We are honored to play a part in supporting the US Border Patrol and the over 17,000 agents who work vigilantly at the southern border to secure our nation and safeguard interior communities every day. Our LES fingerprint identification technology is field-proven and perfectly suited to work in the harsh environmental conditions that US Patrol Agents face daily.” Martin Petriccione, Integrated Biometrics, VP North America.

Source: Integrated Biometrics

Identity Week Europe 2022 Highlights

Identity Week Europe 2022 Highlights

Insight. Cutting-edge Tech. Global Trends.

Identity Week Europe is BACK! Europe’s No.1 conference and exhibition dedicated to all things identity is returning in 2023, but for the first time ever in Amsterdam.Save the date for our biggest and best edition to date from 13-14 June 2023 at the iconic RAI, Amsterdam.The unmissable event of the year; join over 5,000+ identity disruptors, innovators, policy-makers and big-thinkers across finance, government, retail, e-commerce, healthcare, travel, social media and beyond.

  • 250+ speakers
  • Iconic keynote speeches
  • 6 conference stages
  • Presentations from world-leading brands
  • Enlightening panel discussions with identity experts
  • Dynamic roundtable discussions
  • Exhibition showcase with 250+ brands
  • Peer to peer networking
  • Start-up village
  • Start-up pitches
  • Networking events
  • Access to the show app

See all our highlights round-up of this year’s show back in June.

The Disruptors: Identity Trends Report

The Disruptors: Identity Trends Report

From biometrics and decentralised identity, to identity management, enhanced data and digital ID, Identity Week Europe encapsulated the hottest trends and discussion areas in identity.

But don’t just take our word for it. Compiled in this report are numerous testimonials from speakers and supporters at Identity Week Europe 2022 who shared their predictions for the future of identity domains, as technology advances and enterprise and consumer demands increase.

Across the international marketplace, identity and financial security is among one of most valued reasons for technology advances, enabling citizens to have the ultimate freedom and protection over their personal information. While the west of the world takes strides in securely managing data, developing markets are also looking to change the trajectory of citizen’s lives and boost their economies through digital transformation.

Identity Week Europe 2022 Testimonials

“It’s so hard to pin down what the key trends in the identity industry are currently because there’s so many of them!” – Duncan McIntosh, Product Owner, CIAM, NatWest Group. 

“Data’s always been important and it continues to get more important”, says Andy Preston, Head of Compliance Delivery at Entain. 

“We’re going in a direction of more decentralisation – it’s good for the privacy perspective – It’s also good from a security perspective” – Uko Sarekanno, Deputy Executive Director for Information Management and Processes ,Frontex, European Border and Coast Guard Agency. 

“The future of identity management will rely on a multitude of new biometric modalities that will join the already existing modalities” – Guido Brockmann, Head of Product Management Sector, Eu-Lisa

“In the next 18 months, we will see more and more the digitalisation of documents and, of course, we have the coexistence of physical documents and electronic documents” – Matthias Köhler, Vice President, Mühlbauer

Download the report here: https://www.terrapinn.com/template/live/go/10678/22121

Join our complementary sister event to Identity Week Europe, for the APAC region, which is carefully curated to reflect to happening trends in this identity market.

The Asia Pacific is the fastest growing global region for the identity market, proving itself to be one of the world’s major identity hubs driving innovation and development.

The Asia Pacific digital identity solutions market is anticipated to grow by 21% annually with a total addressable market cap of $148.74 billion over 2020-2030.

For more information on participating and booking tickets, visit the website: https://secure.terrapinn.com/V5/step1.aspx?E=10627&p=1

Tickets are valid for 2 full days of the conference in addition to free general access to the exhibition floor. Government representatives attend FREE.

Cost of living crisis scams on the rise

Cost of living crisis scams on the rise

As the cost of living crisis increasingly places more financial burden on families across the UK, more people are falling victims to elaborate scams which exploit their needs, according to HSBC and UK Finance.

HSBC reported a higher occurrence of customers being tricked into making investment plans after being contacted via phone call or text message.

UK Finance, the financial services association, previously warned that enterprises and customers should be mindful of an “epidemic of fraud” becoming a more present issue with fraudsters adopting varied fraud methods to evade capture and often prompt the consumer to “voluntarily” transfer their money to the offender.

In 2021, losses of £580mn were recorded in this type of scam known as authorised push payment fraud and total fraud losses in the UK rose to £1.3bn compared with £1.2bn in 2020.

Investment fraud, which usually targets the victim through a mixture of cold calls, ingenuine online ads, websites and social media outreach, last year cost the average person £14,000.

The false investment is usually displayed in an app or website that the offender creates however the consumer will lose contact with the offender.

Echoing this sentiment, Dame Clare Moriarty, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said: “We know scammers prey on our worries and fears and the cost of living crisis is no exception”.

The concerns of the financial sector are that criminals will exploit loan products and investment services that offer consumers extra support in difficult financial times, targeting organisations that have more lenient criteria. In addition, the use of emotional tactics will give customers the false assurance that their best interests are being met.

140,000 calls were made to the UK Finance fraud helpline since it was launched in September by industry partner, Stop Scams UK.

Lloyds urges customers not to disregard or ignore their bank payment warnings as a valuable measure to prevent the wrong transactions.

“We urge all payment providers to introduce Confirmation of Payee as quickly as possible. We can see it deters criminals now, and if more people take notice of the warnings, it can help stop fraudsters in their tracks” said Liz Ziegler, Fraud Prevention Director at Lloyds Bank.

The crisis of rising inflation to 9.1%, which is expected to rise even higher to 11% later in the year, also puts crippled families at more risk of answering scam emails referring to the UK’s ‘big six’ energy firms.

The significant gap between living costs and the average person’s income has forced the government to take take urgent action to introduce a price cap which will prevent energy companies from charging more than £3,200 by October.

Identity Week Asia 2022: Who is speaking?

Identity Week Asia 2022: Who is speaking?

What is the value of attending Identity Week Asia?

Identity Week Asia offers unparalleled networking opportunities with 1500+ identity experts to meet and exchange idea with from across the APAC region – specialising biometrics, digital ID, IAM, data quality, threat detection and lots more!

Hear insights, trend reports and announcements from your peers around the surge of digital ID and biometric solutions across the marketplace, plus key talks to develop physical document security.

Who will be speaking? 

Nat Sakimura, Chairman, OpenID Foundation

Nat Sakimura will be speaking in a Day 1 panel session to give his insight on the future of identity and authentication in the financial services and accessing the key prioritises among members companies for robust verification and efficient digital onboarding processes. The OpenID Foundation nurtures and promotes the interests of the open ID community as a non-profit association in providing the useful infrastructure to foster innovation. 

Alan Lim, Head, FinTech Infrastructure Office, Monetary Authority of Singapore 

Alan is the head of the FinTech Infrastructure Office at the Monetary Authority of Singapore and is responsible for developing Singapore’s digital financial infrastructure. He leads the establishment of platforms for open finance and cross border financial connectivity.

Gus Poston, CEO, Netbank 

Netbank is a Banking as a Service Platform in the Philippines accelerating Fintech growth and providing white-labelled accounts, loans, payments, cards to fintech and NBFCs.

Discover all speakers at https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/identity-week-asia/agenda.stm.

IDW America: Fostering collaboration across the ID ecosystem

IDW America: Fostering collaboration across the ID ecosystem

Identity Week America 2022 returns as THE forum to answer enterprise, government and end-user demands to accelerate digital ID, biometric and physical credential solutions to transform fast-evolving sectors including finance and banking, travel, healthcare and government.

Join the event on 4-5 October at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC. Tickets are still available: https://secure.terrapinn.com/V5/step1.aspx?E=10580.

The latest figures demonstrate the rate to which decentralised, digital identity and IAM is growing and contending with higher expectations of end-users following the period of digital transformation that has proceeded in the last 2 years.

In the forecast for 2021 to 2028, the identity verification and authentication market in Northern America is expected to grow accelerate with a CAGR of 17.3% and should reach USD 26,336.64 million by the end of 2028.

With the provision of new technologies, emerging talent in the industry and greater consumer expectations, Identity Week America continually evolves as a networking platform to reflect the current and future U.S. marketplace, providing insights for other regional markets to follow trends. The balancing act of ensuring security whilst enhancing the user experience is always an extremely important stakeholder issue which takes on new relevance year on year.

Identity Week America looks to expand the ecosystem and collaborate with new and existing stakeholders in changing technology and use-case parameters. Find out below which major identity sectors, organisations, enterprises, solution providers, government entities and startups are involved in Identity Week America 2022 and defining a new ID ecosystem.

Speakers on the agenda

We’re thrilled to welcome identity power-house, Kenneth Gantt, Deputy Director, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), at the Department of Homeland Security to the conference line-up, 4-5 October in Washington DC.

Kenneth D. Gantt is the Deputy Director of the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). OBIM is the lead entity in DHS for biometric identity management services across Government. Mr. Gantt’s responsibilities include working with OBIM’s customers, stakeholders and DHS mission partners to expand the program’s services to ensure a safe, secure, and resilient homeland. Kenneth will be discussing biometric identity management for a connected world.

Speakers already confirmed this year for the Conference:

Risa Arai, Programme Specialist (Legal Identity), UNDP; Joni Brennan, President, Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC); Kay Chopard, Executive Director, Kantara Initiative, Inc; Jeremy Grant, President, Venable LLP; Ryan Howells, Principal, Leavitt Partners; Mike McCamon, Executive Director, NFC Forum; Kathleen L. Kiernan, President, NEC National Security Systems; Mike McCaskill, Director Identity Management, AAMVA; Nick Mothershaw, Chief Identity Strategist, Open Identity Exchange

Exhibitors 

BioSig-ID is the World’s only software biometric password for  ID authentication.   NO hardware or software downloads. The biometric “writing” patterns of the user are captured and compared to the unique password that the user created, using just a finger or mouse.  Prevents impostors from accessing your device or asset, keeps data and records safe.

Integrated Biometrics, LLC designs and manufactures FBI-certified fingerprint sensors for law enforcement, military operations, homeland security, national identity, election validation, social services, and a wide range of commercial applications. The company’s patented light emitting sensor technology enables lightweight scanners that outperform traditional prism-based devices in size, power consumption, portability, and reliability.

Regula Baltija Ltd. provides clients with solutions to verify the authenticity of security papers, ID’s, passports, and banknotes, as well as a number of proprietary tickets (such as lottery tickets) and official documents.

Startups

EarthId is an award-winning Decentralized Identity Management platform that allows secure and frictionless exchange and verification of identity information.

Hummingbirds AI specialises in autonomous, touchless and passwordless zero trust authentication, boosting employees productivity and securing their access to the company’s data and devices.

Clearview Consent API upgraded with cyber attack detection feature

Clearview Consent API upgraded with cyber attack detection feature

Clearview Consent, the latest facial recognition software developed by Clearview AI, has integrated a biometric attack detection feature to optimise its security credentials for enterprises.

The identity verification product brings facial recognition to a new segment of customers, enterprises and end-users, robustly built for a variety of applications. The upgrade will still be targeted to business in helping them to manage consent-based access to systems and verify employees and users seamlessly.

Clearview’s CEO, Hoan Ton-That, said in a statement: “The launch of Clearview Consent is a game-changer for companies and consumers alike who value the integrity and security of their identity and assets. Facial recognition is not the wave of the future; it is our present reality. Today, FRT is used to unlock your phone, verify your identity, board an airplane, access a building, and even for payments. Now, we are offering companies who use facial recognition as part of a consent-based workflow access to Clearview AI’s superior, industry-leading FRT algorithm, bringing an increased level of security and protection to the marketplace”.

Consumer feedback around the product upgrade indicated how businesses and customers plan to deploy the technology and what innovations and security adjustments would be valued, hence Clearview has settled on enhancing extra accurate live facial recognition capabilities to scan users in real-time and mitigate bias.

In recent months, Clearview has also had to contend with sanctions and a loss of credibility for breaching European privacy regulations surrounding its use of consumer data and the European general data agreements. The company stands accused of stripping photographs off user social media profiles to compare live images in facial recognition. Clearview were smacked with a €20 Million sanction by a second data regulator last month, Greece’s Hellenic Data Protection Authority after a compliant was filed by Homo Digitalis.

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) also fined the company over £7.5m for blatant breaches to comply with UK standards of data protection legislation in the way it composed its facial recognition databases.

On Clearview’s website, it states it provides “powerful and reliable photo identification technology to law enforcement agencies across the country”.

“The launch of Clearview Consent helps further our mission to help combat crime and fraud. We are currently helping law enforcement agencies across the country to solve crimes after the fact, which harm many victims. Using facial recognition as a preventative measure means fewer crimes and fewer victims,” Ton-That added. “Ultimately, Clearview Consent is all about making everyday consumers feel more secure in a world that is rife with crime and fraud”.

iProov Achieves eIDAS eID Level of Assurance High for Genuine Presence Assurance

iProov Achieves eIDAS eID Level of Assurance High for Genuine Presence Assurance

As Deadline Approaches for EU Digital Identity Wallet Pilot Submissions, iProov’s Biometric Face Verification Independently Certified to Europe’s Level of Assurance High

iProov, the world leader in face biometric authentication technology, announced today that it is certified for biometric face verification of a natural person with its Genuine Presence Assurance technology to Level of Assurance High (LoA High) in accordance with the eIDAS regulation.

The eID Assurance LoA High certification ensures that European Union (EU) governments and organisations using iProov’s Genuine Presence Assurance are capable of electronically verifying users across Europe with the highest level of certainty and security. Member States looking to increase the LoA of existing eID programs to level high and support the future requirements of the EU Digital Identity Wallet can integrate with iProov to achieve this without integration audits.

This comes hot on the heels of iProov’s technology receiving eIDAS module certification to offer trusted services to Trusted Service Providers (TSPs) to Qualified level. This allows organisations to securely bind a user’s identity to a Qualified Electronic Signature (QES) using iProov’s biometric face verification. The QES is validated and recognised as the legal equivalent to a handwritten signature and also provides a secure audit trail, offering immense convenience to the end user.

“The uptake and usage of the EU Digital Identity Wallet depends on citizens being able to enrol and authenticate themselves remotely in an effortless and secure way,” said Andrew Bud, Founder and CEO of iProov. “This is what iProov enables. Our latest eIDAS certification makes it even easier for EU governments and enterprises to use iProov to verify that an online user enrolling for a digital service is the right person, a real person, and that they are verifying right now.”

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services) is an EU regulation that governs digital identity and trust services for electronic transactions throughout the region. Instead of relying on in-person interactions, or using postal or fax services, eIDAS seeks to enhance trust in electronic transactions by providing a common foundation for secure electronic interaction between citizens, businesses and public authorities.

iProov’s Genuine Presence Assurance is compliant with the relevant requirements for Biometric face verification of a natural person, following the regulation Reg. (EU) No. 910/2014 (eIDAS) Article 8 (2) according to eIDAS eID Level of Assurance high. This level of assurance is comparable to NIST 800-63 IAL2 in the U.S. and TDIF IP3 in Australia.

iProov technology is already being used by itsme, providers of Belgium’s digital identity app, and by SK ID in Estonia’s state-certified digital identity solution, SmartID.