TECH5 Group form large partnership to create a decentralised identity-based biometric access control solution

TECH5 Group form large partnership to create a decentralised identity-based biometric access control solution

PassiveBolt, ZKTECO USA, PDQ Manufacturing, and TECH5 Group have announced their partnership and plans to develop a new biometric access control solution based on decentralised identity technology. This collaboration is aimed at delivering a more secure and efficient way for businesses to manage access to their premises using biometrics, but without needing to store or control biometric data.

The new solution combines the decentralized identity technology of PassiveBolt, the biometric readers of ZKTECO USA, the door locks of PDQ, and the digital identity container technology for encrypted storage of biometric and other data of the identity holder – T5-Cryptograph – of TECH5. This will enable businesses to utilise biometric matching to authenticate the identity of individuals before providing access to physical areas or digital resources.

“Biometric authentication is a growing trend as businesses search for user-friendly methods to secure their facilities and systems and authorise access,” said Kabir Maiga, CEO of PassiveBolt. “Through our collaboration with ZKTECO USA, PDQ Manufacturing, and TECH5, we can provide a highly secure, decentralised solution that eliminates the need for centralized identity management systems along with its associated privacy and security risks.”

The new solution will employ decentralized identity technology, providing an extra layer of security and privacy. This technology allows individuals to store and manage their own identity data, making it more difficult for hackers to gain access to sensitive information from centralized storage. It is compliant by design with all privacy laws, including BIPA and CCPA.

“We are excited to partner with PassiveBolt, PDQ Manufacturing, and TECH5 to create a new biometric access control solution that leverages decentralised identity technology,” said Manish Dalal, President of ZKTECO USA. “This partnership demonstrates our commitment to innovation and our belief in the importance of biometric authentication as a key element of modern security systems.”

“A decentralised digital identity verified biometrically will become key for access control, especially when it uses revocable biometrics and verification on edge. We believe that this partnership and our innovative approach will provide the access control market with a unique and highly effective solution that is convenient and secure for both – management of buildings and users,” said Rahul Parthe, Co-founder, Chairman, and CTO of TECH5 Group.

The partners will show the first demo of the solution during ISC West, March 28th to 31st, at ZKTECO USA’s booth. The ready-to-implement solution will be available later in 2023 and will be

marketed to businesses across various sectors, including hospitality, offices, residential, healthcare, and government.

Yoti achieves iBeta ISO PAD Level 2 for proprietary passive liveness technology, MyFace

  • MyFace has been awarded iBeta (a NIST accredited lab) ISO PAD Level 2 with 100% attack detection rate
  • Yoti’s passive liveness technology can be used to strengthen age checks, prevent account takeover and protect against identity fraud 

Digital identity company Yoti has announced its proprietary passive liveness technology, MyFace, is now compliant with iBeta ISO PAD Level 2. The technology achieved a 100% attack detection rate. MyFace verifies that a user is a real person, and not a presentation attack such as a printed or digital photo, video or mask – all from a single image. MyFace can strengthen age and identity checks, prevent account takeovers and protect individuals and businesses against the growing risks of identity fraud.

 

Since achieving iBeta Level 1 in February 2022, Yoti has continued to develop its liveness technology. Level 2 involves training and testing against more expensive, specialist attacks such as 3D printers, resin and latex face masks. To achieve Level 2, the liveness technology must detect 99% of attacks. Yoti achieved a 100% detection rate. Level 2 is the maximum level that iBeta and other NIST-accredited labs currently certify against.

 

MyFace is a passive solution and only requires a selfie image to complete the liveness check, creating a smooth, inclusive and accessible user experience. The technology does not recognise any faces and does not save any images. It simply checks that the face in the image belongs to a real, live person.

 

Paco Garcia, CTO at Yoti said, “We’re very proud that our proprietary liveness technology MyFace has achieved iBeta ISO PAD Level 2. It’s a huge achievement for the team and this milestone demonstrates our commitment to delivering very high standards of security solutions.”

 

Robin Tombs, CEO at Yoti said, “It’s hugely exciting that Yoti’s MyFace passive liveness is now compliant with iBeta ISO PAD Level 2. Businesses around the world can use our passive liveness and world leading facial age estimation to keep their customers safe online. Naturally being Yoti, we have tested MyFace for bias and the model displays very low bias across age, gender and skin tone. To boost transparency and trust in this technology, we are also releasing a new liveness white paper.”

 

MyFace works alongside Yoti’s existing suite of identity solutions:

  • Strengthen age checks: Yoti’s facial age estimation technology checks the age of a user, and at the same time, MyFace verifies it is a real, live person. This is all completed from a single selfie, creating one seamless experience. The combination of these technologies could be used to create age-appropriate experiences online, protect children from accessing explicit content, and be used in a retail setting for the sale of age-restricted goods.
  • Prevent account takeovers: MyFace can prevent account takeovers and ensure only genuine customers are accessing their accounts or updating important information, such as their bank details.
  • Protect against identity fraud: MyFace can be used as part of an identity verification process to give a high confidence level that the person completing the check is real.
  • Bot detection: MyFace can prevent bots gaining access to information, or detect deepfake faces creating fake accounts.

 

Notes to editors:

 

iBeta

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, iBeta has been providing critical software testing services for the world’s most trusted brands since 1999. Our full range of on-demand QA software testing services encompasses many different software testing types including functionality testing, mobile testing, website testing, acceptance testing, accessibility testing, and overall quality assurance.

 

NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce whose mission is to promote American innovation and industrial competitiveness. NIST certification means the product in question meets defined standards.

 

The difference between passive and active liveness:

Active liveness requires the user to take a video of themselves performing certain actions, for example, moving toward and away from the camera, or repeating random words. This then uses AI and / or manual review to complete the check. Passive liveness can be achieved from a single selfie. Passive liveness reduces friction for users and at the same time providing as good as or even better security guarantees, thereby reducing drop off and speeding up the journey of verifying genuine users.

 

About Yoti

Yoti is a digital identity technology company that makes it safer for people to prove who they are, verifying identities and trusted credentials online and in-person. They now provide verification solutions across the globe, spanning identity verification, age verification, document eSigning, access management, and authentication and leading facial age estimation. Over 13 million people have downloaded the free Yoti Digital ID app across the world. It is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Polish. Yoti is certified to ISO/IEC 27001:2013 for ID Verification Services, ISAE 3000 (SOC 2) Type 2 certified for its technical and organisational security processes. For more information, please visit www.yoti.com

 

Mitek joins the Open Identity Exchange

Mitek joins the Open Identity Exchange

Mitek, a global leader in digital identity verification, has joined the Open Identity Exchange (OIX), a global community for all those involved in the ID sector to connect and collaborate, developing the guidance needed for interoperable, trusted digital identities.

Mitek’s pioneering approach to identity verification technology and Know Your Customer (KYC) configuration has made the company a trusted partner across the globe. Clients include the largest banking institutions in the world, as well as fintechs, marketplaces, gaming operators and e-commerce sites across North America and Europe.

Now joining the OIX community, Mitek will contribute its global perspective on the trends towards adoption of digital identity technology and help progress OIX’s mission to ensure digital ID works well for everyone involved.

Gareth Narinesingh, Head of Digital Identity at Mitek, said: “Digital identity is reaching a pivotal stage in the adoption curve. Whilst Mitek is focused on innovation and ongoing investment in our identity products, we must also collaborate across sectors and with other organisations to move things forward in the right direction and at pace.

“OIX has become a vital platform for this, providing networking opportunities, forums and working groups for companies around the world with mutual ambitions to operate in the identity space together. We are delighted to join this community to help create a vibrant digital identity ecosystem for governments, businesses and consumers.”

Nick Mothershaw, Chief Identity Strategist at OIX, said: “Our members are some of the most innovative organisations in the world. They want to see positive progress and are driving results in their own spaces. They have played a key role in our success and influence across the globe. For this reason, we are delighted that Mitek has chosen to join OIX. Its global presence and excellent technology will bring a valuable perspective. We look forward to their expert contributions to our work on digital ID definition and adoption, both in influencing key stakeholders and educating the acceptors of ID.”

Jenetric secures US patent for multiple finger interaction on mobile phone’s displays

Jenetric secures US patent for multiple finger interaction on mobile phone’s displays

A new solution developed by JENETRIC can be used to expand the use of fingerprint recognition for touchscreen displays has been awarded a patent by the US patent office.

In addition to traditional fingerprint scanners for the homeland security market, Jenetric is also exploring the use of TFT optical technology for display fingerprint sensors for cell phones. An important milestone was reached with a recently granted patent describing the use of multiple fingers on one display sensor.

By the new approach, multiple fingers can be recognized simultaneously on the touchscreen fingerprint sensor. Rather than just unlocking the phone or opening an application, fingerprints can be used to control individual applications in terms of security levels, permissions or what actions are triggered.

“Having multiple fingers recognized on one screen opens up a new spectrum of how apps are used with mobile devices. Opening an email client might require just one finger, whereas opening a financial app would require two fingers, and performing an actual financial transaction would require all four fingers to be verified.”, explains Roberto Wolfer, CEO of Jenetric.

In addition to controlling security levels and application permissions, overall convenience can be increased by assigning different fingers to different actions. For example, the copy and paste procedure can be accomplished by having one finger allocated for copying text and another finger for pasting it. Different finger angles can also be used to simulate writing on a touchscreen with a finger instead of a stylus.

“Although fingerprint sensors integrated in an entire mobile phone’s display are not yet available on a product level, this new method demonstrates the potential of using multiple fingerprints on a mobile phone or other touchscreen display. Controlling your smart home, your car, or ATM will be much more secure by using the patented solution.”

Jenetric are experts for digital fingerprint capture. We develop and manufacture biometric fingerprint scanners that meet today’s requirements for simplicity, mobility and multi-purpose use. Our products are based on a holistic design. We focus not only on technical parameters, but much more on a noticeable simplification of fingerprint capture for operators and users.

Fingerprints and Flywallet developing wearable biometric payment access products for Europe

Fingerprints and Flywallet developing wearable biometric payment access products for Europe

World-leading biometrics company Fingerprint Cards AB (Fingerprints™) and Flywallet, a biometric wearables technology startup, are collaborating to develop and launch biometric wearable products for the European market.

Flywallet has built a range of consumer products that support payments, mobility, access and health use cases in a single ecosystem. Among other uses, its products enable secure payments, ticketing and loyalty services; password-free login to online services; and building and car access control.

The wearable products from Flywallet will now feature Fingerprints’ biometric sensors, software and algorithm benefitting from their ultra-low-power consumption, leading performance, and the company’s years of experience in secure biometrics innovation. Fingerprints’ sensors are designed to be multifunctional to enable usage across a range of different form factors to enhance the security, privacy and user experience.

Roger Carrico, Vice President, Head of Sales for Payment & Access at Fingerprints, commented: “Collaborating with Flywallet will accelerate growth of the biometric wearables market in Europe and improve consumer access to new biometric products that enhance convenience and trust. For Fingerprints, this partnership is further evidence that our sensors can easily be integrated with other hardware devices to support the development of secure and innovative biometrics products.”

Lorenzo Frollini, Founder, CEO & CTO at Flywallet, said: “We are pleased to have established a strong partnership with Fingerprints, where we can share an innovative vision on biometric wearables. Together, we are enabling simple and secure biometric technology that people can use to enhance their everyday lives. In an ever-advancing and hyperconnected world, we believe companies that come together will thrive in providing a smooth and secure user experience to access digital services. Our partnership with Fingerprints follows our goal and direction of building a cyber risk-proof interface to connect physical and digital identities, based on the simplicity of biometrics.”

Demand for wearable devices is expected to continue increasing. Most wearables, however, do not have sufficient security measures required for activities such as making a payment or unlocking a car or front door.

By combining biometric authentication with wearable technology, Flywallet ensures only the owner of the device can use it. This enables new possibilities for wearable technology in verticals such as payments and access – key focus areas for Fingerprints, which has dedicated business divisions for improving the safety, security and convenience of payments and access through biometric technology.

IQ Structures launches a new solution for the protection of precious metals and commemorative coins

IQ Structures launches a new solution for the protection of precious metals and commemorative coins

IQ Structures, a research and manufacturing organisation focused on nanotechnology engineering, a member of the IQS Group, has launched IQ Mint, a technological solution for anti-counterfeit protection and the visual enhancement of precious metal objects, such as coins, medals and investment bars. Thanks to the unique technology for transferring the holographic relief to metals, it enables the creation of art objects with a unique breathtaking look, where the shimmering shine of the metal is combined with the distinctive colours and effects of holograms.

“Investing in commemorative coins and other precious metal items is on the rise. This also means a growing demand for anti-counterfeiting protection.

An advanced hologram provides a huge advantage, making it possible for the genuineness of an object to be recognised by virtually anyone. The owner of an investment item is not dependent on a limited number of professional dealers and banks, “ explains IQ Structures´ CEO Petr Franc.

These unique features include, for example:

  • Colour rainbows
  • 3D plastic objects with color suppression, enabling fine details
  • Two-dimensional flip-flop effects
  • Three-dimensional display

The silver CZK 500 coin with the Skoda 489 Albatros Locomotive released last year by the Czech National Bank, which reviewers describe as an “eye-catching innovation”, demonstrate some of the possibilities presented by the IQ Mint. The coin carries effects that evoke the movement of a steam locomotive, such as spinning wheels and smoke from its chimney.

Other areas of use are also emerging, such as the physical form of cryptocurrencies. Protection for regular coins will also come in the future. As banknotes are increasingly better protected, some counterfeiters are turning to the forging of coins. For example, the European authorities had to issue a warning about counterfeit two-euro coins last year, and the US regularly publishes a ranking of the 50 most counterfeited (and therefore most risky) coins

“Holograms on coins have been around for a while, but when you hold an object with an IQ Mint hologram, you’ll see a huge difference. The IQ Mint is a revolutionary technological breakthrough solution with years of our work behind it. Both years of development by our research lab and dozens of projects in collaboration with various mints. Together we are creating a world where there is more trust and where we will be surrounded by beautiful objects,” concluded Robert Dvořák, Managing Director of IQ Structures.

 

 

 

Face Verification 13.0 from Neurotechnology Includes Improved Algorithms for Face Recognition and Liveness Detection.

Face Verification 13.0 from Neurotechnology Includes Improved Algorithms for Face Recognition and Liveness Detection.

Version 13.0 of Face Verification has a new Presentation Attack Detection algorithm for mobile and web applications that is iBeta certified.

Neurotechnology a provider of deep learning-based solutions and high-precision biometric identification technologies, today announced the release of their new Face Verification system. Face Verification 13.0 is designed for the integration of high-quality face capture, secure facial authentication and robust face liveness detection into mobile and web applications. It includes a small-footprint version of Neurotechnology’s latest facial recognition algorithm – which ranked among the top results in the NIST FRVT 1:1 evaluation – making it ideal for digital identity onboarding, payment, banking, telecommunications and other face recognition uses on personal devices.

The new Face Verification system has the ability to very accurately verify the identity of people wearing medical masks, as proven in the Face Mask Effects Benchmark by NIST. The new presentation attack detection (PAD) algorithm has further achieved Level 1 certification by iBeta laboratory in compliance with the requirements of the ISO/IEC 30107-3 standard, proving its robust resilience against spoof attacks, including photos, videos and 3D paper masks.

Face Verification 13.0 also includes functionality that enables developers to easily automate any required updates of the recognition algorithm directly within the final user application. This ensures older data formats are compatible with Face Verification 13.0 algorithms for optimal accuracy. An application developed with Face Verification SDK can allow the end user to upgrade the old face data stored in his mobile to the new format in a secure and seamless way.

“One of our fundamental goals is to keep our technology ahead of customer needs in the biometric sector, so we are continually expanding the capabilities of our solutions,” said Antonello Mincone, Business Development Director for Neurotechnology. “While the secure identity market offers a few seemingly similar products, our technology is differentiated by its superior reliability – due to our long experience in the field – and by its versatility in a wide range of applications.”

Face Verification 13.0 is easily interoperable with other Neurotechnology products for face recognition. For a complete digital ID management experience, Face Verification includes optional functionality for conducting duplicate identity checks during the enrollment phase through MegaMatcher ABIS. Face Verification is also compatible with MegaMatcher On Card from Neurotechnology to grant an extra layer of security during verification through the use of contactless smart cards. And compatibility with VeriLook SDK enables secure and private authentication within offline self-service kiosks.

Face Verification 13.0 and the entire Neurotechnology biometric product line can be purchased from Neurotechnology and through distributors worldwide.

NEC recognized for implementation of industry-leading biometric technology

NEC recognized for implementation of industry-leading biometric technology

OSAC certifies NEC’s advanced biometric solutions, including face recognition and matching algorithms, as a trusted leader in protecting communities and ensuring public safety.

In recognition of its accurate and ethical biometric technology, NEC Corporation of America (NEC) announced today that it was recognized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-sponsored Organisation of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for adopting leading forensic science standards for utilising biometric systems, including face recognition technology and other biometric matching algorithms.

NEC’s technology is used as a biometric solution by numerous law enforcement agencies and federal government organizations as a leading national security tool. Following laboratory testing, the company’s face recognition algorithms have also been recognized by NIST in recent years as being among the “most accurate ever evaluated,” consistently outperforming competitors both in the U.S. and worldwide. As a leader in advanced biometric systems with more than 1,000 biometric authentication systems in approximately 70 countries and regions around the world, NEC is a trusted leader that state and local governments can rely on to help protect communities and ensure public safety.

“NEC is committed to ensuring that our world-class biometric technology follows rigorous standards to ensure accuracy and respect for human rights,” said Eugene le Roux, NEC Vice President of Digital Government. “This certification is proof positive that NEC’s advanced biometric technology, including our leading face recognition algorithms, is ‘truly trusted’ and sets the industry gold standard for biometric implementation.”

NEC’s voluntary survey submission included the following biometric solutions:

  • NeoFace® Reveal – NeoFace Reveal (NFR) software delivers reliable face recognition by capturing, enhancing, organising and matching video and graphic images to specific individuals, including images of poor resolution and with partial positioning. NFR is compliant with the ASTM E3115-17 Standard Guide for Capturing Facial Images for Use with Facial Recognition Systems and ASTM E3149-18 Standard Guide for Facial Image Comparison Feature List for Morphological Analysis.
  • Integra-ID® MBIS  Integra-ID incorporates our latest biometric matching algorithms with service-oriented architecture to deliver a comprehensive solution providing ready access to fingerprints, palmprints, face, voice and iris matching capabilities. Integra-ID is compliant with the OSAC Friction Ridge Subcommittee’s Friction Ridge Process Map.
  • SmartScan™ – SmartScan is a secure and easy-to-operate solution that enables NEC to transform livescan biometric technology through forensic-grade fingerprint, palm print, facial and iris images. SmartScan is compliant with the ASTM E3115-17 Standard Guide for Capturing Facial Images for Use with Facial Recognition Systems.

OSAC, administered by NIST and part of NIST’s Forensic Science Program, was created in 2014 to address a lack of discipline-specific forensic science standards. OSAC fills this gap by drafting proposed standards and sending them to standards-developing organizations (SDOs), which further develop and publish them.

OSAC’s 475-plus members work in forensic laboratories and other institutions around the country and have expertise in 22 forensic disciplines, as well as scientific research, measurement science, statistics, law and policy. OSAC drafts and evaluates forensic science standards via a transparent, consensus-based process that allows for participation by all stakeholders.

Yoti launches eSign with Selfie

Yoti launches eSign with Selfie

Digital identity company Yoti has launched eSign with Selfie, a new product feature on their digital signing platform. In an industry first, Yoti is the first company to integrate selfie verification directly into the signing process. This new feature allows individuals to confirm their identity with a selfie before signing a document. This reduces the risk of impersonation and fraud, and provides transparency and confidence that the correct person has signed the document.

 

The whole process can be completed in seconds, in one seamless flow:

  1. Signees take a selfie
  2. Yoti’s proprietary NIST-certified passive liveness technology, MyFace, confirms they are a real person
  3. MyFace checks that the selfie is captured from a live person by detecting different presentation attacks, such as printed and digital photos, videos and masks
  4. Once the liveness check is complete, individuals sign the document

 

The selfie image is cryptographically linked with the signature, providing a very high level of assurance over who has signed the document.

 

Robin Tombs, CEO at Yoti said, “There is a growing trend towards identity linked signatures as they are more secure and robust than a standalone signature. eSign with Selfie provides a high level of confidence and transparency over who is signing a document, whilst offering a faster, more frictionless experience than a separate, full ID verification check. Identity driven signatures through eSign help businesses fight fraud,  meet compliance and regulatory requirements, and create more trusted business interactions.”

 

Companies can manage all documents from one digital platform and then email (or text) them out for signature – requesting selfie verification as part of the signing process, if required.

IQ Structures expands production of security features for ID documents

IQ Structures expands production of security features for ID documents

IQ Structures, a research and manufacturing organisation focused on nanotechnology engineering, a member of the IQS Group, announced that it has received orders for anti-counterfeiting protection for nearly 50 million personal documents for this year. These include polycarbonate passports, ID cards and driver’s licenses. The applied product is IQ proID.

The company has thus confirmed its position among the market leaders in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  Earlier, it announced its victory in the tender for Czech ID cards. It expects to start further major projects this year.

The IQ Structures product IQ proID is the most widely used for the protection of polycarbonate documents. Its main benefits are:

  • Seamless integration in the card, through the microsegmentation of the security layer. Any attempt to remove it ends up disintegrating the security element into thousands of miniature parts.
  • Protecting all the information on the card. The size of the protective element is unlimited; it can cover the entire surface of the card up to the edge.
  • Integration with other technologies. IQ proID optical security features can be seamlessly integrated with other security technologies such as security printing, UV and OVI printing, tactile surface embossing, etc. This will create something that is a unified security feature from the perspective of the supervisor, plus from the perspective of the counterfeiter, the challenge of having to counterfeit different technologies will remain.
  • Unique visual effects developed in IQ Structures laboratories. E.g. key-hole, see-through holograms in transparent windows, flip-flop (two holograms in one), white 3d bas-relief and full 3d, fluent changes in transparency, a combination of transparent and metallic effects and printed elements, etc.

In order to be able to deliver new contracts, IQ Structures had to expand its production capacity. This is not an elementary task, as they have to comply with strict security measures due to the nature of their business. In addition, they operate on the site of a nuclear reactor, and all safety regulations apply. It is also difficult technologically because of the extremely high quality requirements, operating on the order of tens of nanometers (100,000 in one millimeter).

Petr Franc, CEO of IQ Structures, said: “IQ Structures has been certified for all relevant standards, including ISO 14 298 (Intergraf) for security printing and ISO 27 001 for information security. Behind this is strict process control. Implementing changes is therefore slightly more complicated, as the highest level of security must not be compromised, even temporarily. I am proud to announce that we have succeeded in building a unique production centre and are ready for the next big projects technically, organisationally and in terms of personnel.”

Veridas strengthens its Marketing team with the appointment of Mariona Campmany as Chief Marketing Officer

Veridas strengthens its Marketing team with the appointment of Mariona Campmany as Chief Marketing Officer

The growth of the Veridas team continues apace. After closing a historic year 2022 in terms of turnover, and increasing its international presence with the opening of new offices that place the company in countries such as Spain, Mexico, United Kingdom, Italy and the United States, 2023 begins with the announcement of the incorporation of Mariona Campmany as Chief Marketing Officer.

Mariona Campmany, experience for global business development

Mariona Campmany brings more than fifteen years of experience in the FinTech and digital transformation spaces, combining industry C-level roles. Among other companies, she was CMO at ICAR start-up acquired by Mitek in 2017 where she spent the last 5 years leading the European marketing department for the listed company. She helped to grow the revenue in Europe while successfully developed marketing strategies.

“Veridas is an exciting company with market leadership in Identity verification and authentication solutions through being the instrumental piece to unify our identities in the physical and the digital world,” said Mariona. “I’m thrilled to join this team, which has consistently delivered outstanding results. Together, I’m confident we can execute on the strategy and pursue all opportunities available to us.”

Reaching the market at the right time

Mariona Campmany is joining in a pivotal time, where powerful trends in digital transformation are creating major opportunities for identity solutions and after two years of significant Veridas revenue growth in the Identity Verification (IDV) and Identity & Access Management (IAM) sectors.

“Mariona comes to reinforce a Marketing team that in the last two years has helped us in a very significant way to achieve our business objectives. We are fortunate to be able to incorporate Mariona to Veridas, with whom we redouble our commitment to Marketing as a lever for growth”, explained Eduardo Azanza, CEO of Veridas.

For her part, Muskilda Pascualena, Director of Talent and Culture at Veridas said: “It is fortunate that a talent like Mariona decides to join Veridas. Our brand is our people and Mariona will help us to win the trust of our clients around the world”.

Police in ecuador modernse their forensic labs with Regula device

Police in ecuador modernse their forensic labs with Regula device

The National Service of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences of Ecuador, which is a subsidiary of the national police, equipped their forensic laboratories in two major cities––Quito and Guayaquil––with Regula 4308 dual-video spectral comparators. Regula devices were chosen to modernise forensic research in the country and get the required technology for investigating the authenticity of IDs, banknotes, signatures, documents, and so on.

After using some devices for over a decade, the National Service of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences of Ecuador felt the lack of modern technology. The organisation was aspiring to cover all the major issues of document analysis with a single device, which was powerful enough to perform profound investigation of any document feature, including inks and writing. On top of this, the public entity was eager to get a new dedicated technological partner and receive comprehensive vendor support.

“Upon equipping our forensic laboratories with Regula’s devices and databases, we finally managed to reach the required high level of technology to perform any kind of document investigation––quickly, conveniently, and efficiently. We are happy with the technical features of the Regula 4308 comparator, with the quality of their databases (which are constantly updated), and with their support and involvement. Not only did Regula provide its products, but the company also organised training for our experts to help them use the device to the fullest and get insights on security features of different documents,” says Cristian Ernesto Salgado Ortega, Technical Coordinator at the National Service of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences of Ecuador.

The Regula 4308 dual-video spectral comparator is designed for advanced examination of all possible documents, as well as art and collectibles. It allows forensic experts to thoroughly investigate document printing methods and surface relief, as well as overlapping objects, such as signatures or stamps. For efficient verification of IDs, this dual-video spectral comparator has modules for reading MRZs, RFID chips, hidden images (IPI), and barcodes. With over 30 types of light sources, more than 20 light filters, and 320x magnification, Regula 4308 helps to investigate even the tiniest details.

Apart from the devices, the National Service of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences of Ecuador obtained Regula’s information reference systems (IRS) on documents and banknotes. They are comprehensive databases of a vast majority of travel documents, banknotes, driver’s licenses, and vehicle registration certificates, with detailed descriptions and images of the documents captured in different light sources. This reference system is a perfect comprehensive

information assistant for forensic experts who rely on this data to examine the security features of each document or banknote more efficiently.

To get the most of the newest devices, special training was held for the Ecuadorian forensic laboratory experts. It was organised by Regula and delivered by Juan Manuel Padrón Primo, a renowned forensic document examiner and Regula’s long-term partner. He highlighted the capabilities of the device and trained forensic labs’ staff to use it effectively. “It goes without saying that equipment plays a key role in forensic laboratories. Regula 4308 revolutionises the approach to document examination––it speeds up the analysis while enhancing its quality and outcome. And it’s the first time in Latin America that a single device covers all the major issues of optical analysis of inks and writing to highlight possible illegal alterations in documents via inconsistencies in pigment, traces, luminescence in infrared light and so on,” comments Padrón Primo.

PeopleFund’s Korean customers can now borrow at any time from any location

PeopleFund’s Korean customers can now borrow at any time from any location

Video calls for identification are no longer necessary thanks to Facephi’s easy and secure biometric technology.

PeopleFund, the leading non-bank financing platform in Korea, has launched a new form of digital identification with biometric technology. Thanks to this, its new customers can register more quickly and securely when applying for a loan.

As a result, Korean entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors can now open an account and apply for a loan with their mobile device anytime and anywhere without having to make a video call to a bank agent. This digital identification solution has been implemented through Facephi, which has allowed Korean Fintech to make the process of opening new accounts more flexible.

Thanks to the unique and non-transferable biometric pattern obtained from users’ faces through a selfie, PeopleFund identifies and registers them in a totally secure way, which means a significant improvement in terms of the user experience for both parties. In this way, PeopleFund minimises dreaded phishing scams, the main threat to the financial sector, to a minimum.

Another benefit of using Facephi’s biometric facial recognition is that PeopleFund complies with the security requirements of the P2P Financing Act passed by the Korean government. This is the world’s first law regulating non-bank lending for business and financial users and recognises Facephi onboarding as a valid identification method.

Dongpyo Hong, CEO of Facephi APAC, said, “After having brought our technology to banks, financial groups, cybersecurity companies, hospitals and smart cities, we continue to strengthen our presence in Asia by protecting people’s digital identity in disruptive Fintech companies such as PeopleFund”.

Minseung Kang, CTO of PeopleFund commented: “So far, PeopleFund has been striving to secure high-level security systems that can prevent financial fraud while also enhancing the convenience of non-face-to-face finance. Through the implementation of this solution, we expect that identity theft or fraud through professional brokers will be prevented.”

Facephi provides secure, fast, and easy to use technology. Experts in users’ digital identity verification, it specialises in digital onboarding and biometric authentication solutions. It was established with the aim of creating more secure, accessible and fraud-free digital processes; to achieve this, Facephi is committed to innovation with artificial intelligence and machine learning, applying blockchain technology and introducing decentralised digital identity.

FacePhi already boasts 300 million users worldwide and more than 120 clients, with a retention rate of over 95%.

FacePhi is a Gold sponsor at Identity Week Europe 2023.

TrustID joins the Open Identity Exchange 

TrustID joins the Open Identity Exchange 

TrustID, market leader in identity verification, has joined the Open Identity Exchange (OIX) community to better understand the developing opportunities and to play a key role in the ongoing evolution of digital ID verification.

A specialist in the verification of identity documents since 2013, strengthened with biometrics, fraud detection and data checks, TrustID is trusted by thousands of HR, compliance, fraud, and security teams across more than 2000 organisations of all sizes in both the public and private sectors.

Thanks to its unique combination of leading technology and team of highly-trained human experts, TrustID was one of the first to be certified as an Identity Service Provider (IDSP) for the Home Office Right to Work, Right to Rent and DBS Digital Schemes.

David Park, Chief Strategy Officer at TrustID:

“The foundation of any digital identity is robust physical identity verification during enrolment. We believe our services will be more relevant than ever when it comes to issuing a digital identity. As technology evolves and remote, online, and digital identity verification become increasingly important, we are keen to identify new opportunities for the continued development of our services. The OIX community is a great place to be able to do that. As one of the first providers in the UK to be certified under the UK trust framework, we also want to be part of the collective OIX voice that is helping to shape the UK’s trust framework.”

Nick Mothershaw, Chief Identity Strategist at OIX,said:

“Our work is playing a key role in influencing and shaping trust frameworks around the globe, including the architecture of the trust framework in the UK, with the ultimate goal to ensure digital ID works well for every party in the digital ID ecosystem. We are delighted to be able to welcome TrustID to the OIX community and we are confident that they will bring as much valuable insight to our mission as we will to their vision and growth plans.”

The Open Identity Exchange is a non-profit trade organisation on a mission to create a world where everyone can prove their identity and eligibility anywhere through a universally trusted ID. OIX is a community for all those involved in the ID sector to connect and collaborate, developing the guidance needed for inter-operable, trusted identities. Through our definition of, and education on Trust Frameworks, we create the rules, tools and confidence that will allow every individual a trusted, universally accepted, identity.

TrustID is a leading IDSP, offering a range of accurate, affordable and easily accessible identity verification services that protect both private sector organisations and public sector bodies such as NHS Trusts and local authorities from exposure to fraud. Its identity checking products also support compliance with a wide range of legislation, including Right to Work, Right to Rent, Anti-Money laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) legislation.

Home Office trial shows overwhelming support among clubbers at top venue for new digital ID technology

Home Office trial shows overwhelming support among clubbers at top venue for new digital ID technology

A five-month Home Office trial of the digital ID app developed by 1account, a leading provider of age verification and digital ID technology, has shown overwhelming acceptance by clubgoers at REKOM UK’s Tru Camberley venue in Surrey.

For REKOM UK, the biggest late night club and bar operator in the country, the trial demonstrated  that a digital age verification and identification process is more effective than physical ID for helping adults enter a venue in shorter time and assuring the venue that its guests are old enough to enjoy their night out.  It also allows legal purchase of alcohol in a busy, low-lit environment.

Over the five-month trial of guests surveyed on their experience of using the 1account ID app, nearly nine out of ten found it easy to use and would prefer it to physical ID if given the choice.

Entry using the app averaged just 4.7 seconds, as against 14.8 seconds using physical ID scanning technology, which is a current requirement of Tru Camberley’s licence to sell alcohol.

The collaboration between the Home Office, REKOM UK and 1account set out to assess the use of digital identities in the nightclub sector. It was one of nine regulatory ‘sandbox’ trials conducted across England using different technologies and covering a range of alcohol retail environments.

Creating an ID takes just a few moments with the 1account app. The user scans a legitimate form of photo ID, usually a driving licence or passport, which is automatically checked for authenticity. A selfie is then compared to the ID document’s photo to ensure a match. If it meets strict guidelines, the user will be issued their own digital ID.

At the venue, guests simply hold their phones to a QR reader. The app scans the code and indicates on the smartphone screen if the person is verified or not – together with a time and date stamp to foil attempts at screenshots.

These QR codes are unique to each location and paired to a four-digit security code known only to the venue. When the QR is scanned, that security code also appears on the consumer’s digital ID, delivering an additional layer of protection.

Tru Camberley’s licence requires guests to use ID scanning technology for entry to the club but local policing does not allow use of digital ID alone. As a ‘sandbox’ trial, 1account was able to replicate certain features of this process, but tested its digital ID app in isolation from other programmes operating in the background.

1account and REKOM used ticketing to allow club-goers to experience digital ID within the nightclub environment while capturing useful data. The trial, which took place earlier this year, saw 921 downloads of the digital ID application and 790 successful registrations of digital IDs.

There were 839 unique check-ins by people presenting digital ID at the venue. Of these, 417 were repeat checks-ins by 141 individuals and 422 were individuals who used the digital ID once.

Of 288 guests at Tru Camberley who were surveyed on their experience of using the technology, 88.5% found the digital ID app easy to use. From the same group surveyed, 89.6% stated a preference for the use of digital ID over physical ID where that would be made available. That indicated a strong acceptance of digital ID and preference for digital ID among younger people in the night-time economy.

A key consideration that emerged from the trial was how much reliance was placed on the physical ID technology for ‘incident management’.  1account and REKOM showed how a digital ID dashboard could provide access to information on guests within the venue on the night of an incident, subject to GDPR.

REKOM UK’s Senior Operational Director, Tony Gorbert, noted: “Our guests are digital natives, so we are always looking for new ways to use technology to enhance our guest experience. We were pleased to take part in this Home Office initiative with 1account and the results have proved extremely positive where digital ID has been used by clubgoers. We will now assess the results and look to see how it can bring benefits to our guests in the future.”

Ben Keirle, Chief Executive at 1account, added: “The use of physical IDs in the nightclub environment poses challenges including: the use of fake documents and the ability to adequately check documents in a busy, low-lit environment, increasing the risk of underage access to nightclubs; and their limited ability to demonstrate that licensing conditions have fully been met with respect to underage access and consequent underage purchasing of alcohol. They are also extremely limited in providing intelligence on who is in a club in the event of disorder.

“REKOM estimates that approximately 18,000 physical ID documents are lost across their estate each year. When a physical ID is lost, none of the data is protected; it’s visible for anyone to see.

“While the nightclub will attempt to reunite lost documents with owners, the risk of permanent loss, potential significant inconvenience, risk of fraud, and cost of replacement remains. When a mobile phone is lost, it is invariably password or otherwise protected, making access to the data it holds extremely difficult. Consequently, the risk of misuse of that data remains low and therefore a mobile digital app presents significant benefits for clubgoers and operators.”

By the end of this year 1account has set itself a target of 60,000 locations that accept its digital ID solution and for two million customers to have downloaded and be using the app.

IQ Structures introduces hybrid ID documents

IQ Structures introduces hybrid ID documents

IQ Structures, a research and production organisation focused on nanotechnology engineering, is launching holographic technology for virtual ID cards based on an unforgeable physical document. The new solution overcomes the weakness of leaving holders of the virtual IDs themselves vulnerable to hacking attacks.

If there is no physical document and the record in the database is falsified or altered, the user is put in a very awkward situation. In extreme cases, the identity may even be completely stolen and someone else may act on his or her behalf. In the hybrid document concept, a person still holds a physical document that proves his identity and can be clearly proven not to have been forged. A physical document may be required for the most sensitive transactions.

The solution works by loading the authentication data from the protective hologram and the personal data from the chip into a mobile app. Based on this, a virtual ID card is created. However, in case of any doubt, it is possible to return to the physical document.

Robert Dvorak, the Managing Director of IQ Structures, explained: “The basis must be a completely reliable document. This means issued and personalised using a correct and secure procedure, completely resistant to forgery and containing data about the holder that cannot be mistaken. There is no room for compromise. This is where our IQ proID technology is virtually unrivalled. This creates the security on which hybrid identity documents can then be based,”.

IQ proID is a technology for optical security features that look like very sophisticated holograms. However, they are controlled nanostructures behind. This makes it possible to cover the entire surface of the document (or both sides), protect all data and integrate various security technologies, along with a number of other benefits.

 

Security holograms for new banknote and ID documents win at international awards

Security holograms for new banknote and ID documents win at international awards

New optical authentication solutions for a high denomination African banknote and an ID document were joint winners at the Excellence in Holography Awards 2022, organised by the industry trade body, International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA).

Germany’s Louisenthal and France’s IDEMIA were joint winners of the ‘Best Applied Security Product’ category.

The Reserve Bank of Malawi’s new 5,000 Kwacha features a LEAD foil stripe from Louisenthal, which appears on the left of the notes and displays a combination of vibrant effects and tones created from holographic and micro-mirror technologies. The top shows an animated sun, true colour portrait of former president Dr Banda, denomination value, a three-dimensional fish from Lake Malawi with depth background, ‘Reserve Bank of Malawi’ and RBM logo. This foil shows achromatic and rainbow effects when the note is tilted.

The judges were particularly impressed by the high public recognition the feature provides together with its application as a strong security and authentication device to thwart banknote anti-counterfeiting.

IDEMIA’s LASINK Helios technology is linked to a DOVID (Diffractive Optical Variable Image Device) and combined with holographic technology displays striking optical effects, such as colour variations of the portrait including a full polychromatic view with true colours, which vary depending on the angle of view. Easy to inspect, resistant to multiple types of fraud and durable, the use validates both secondary and main portrait images on ID documents, thus confirming the identity of the document holder – both images are interlinked to make forgery virtually impossible, deterring any attempted fraud.

Germany’s foil and security feature producer KURZ was flying high after winning the ‘Innovation in Holographic Technology’ for its KINEGRAM DYNAMIC technology that showcases innovative surface-applied security features for banknotes. The technology, launched earlier this year, is based on micro-lenses which, in combination with diffractive features, provides security effects with movement, colour change and depth that can be checked by the public to confirm a banknote’s authenticity.

The Excellence in Holography awards recognise outstanding achievement, marking success for suppliers, manufacturers and end-users at the forefront of the sector who have brought forward innovative or commercially viable hologram products or techniques over the last 12 months. 

The event, held online 5-6 December, came as the IHMA continues to develop its role as the leading voice for those involved in global commercial holography.

Chair of the IHMA, Dr Paul Dunn, commended the standard of entries as being of the highest quality, representing an innovative industry at the forefront of the fight against brand piracy and counterfeiting.

In congratulating all the winners, he said: “These awards mark ongoing advancement in the design, development and technology of commercial holograms, which continue to find fresh and innovative ways to add value and heightened levels of security to products used by millions of consumers the world over.”

Arizona partners with Thales to provide more secure driver’s licenses and ID cards for residents

Arizona partners with Thales to provide more secure driver’s licenses and ID cards for residents

  • With this new three-year contract, Arizona becomes the 18th jurisdiction in North America to have partnered with Thales for best in class driver’s license and ID solutions.
  • The new driver’s licenses and ID cards will be available starting in March of 2023 and will be compatible with the Arizona Travel ID requirements.
  • Arizona issues over 1.9 million driver’s licenses or ID credentials annually, and joins an increasing number of jurisdictions in North America to switch to Thales’ 100% Polycarbonate cards – resulting in more durable and secure cards.

The Arizona Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), has awarded Thales a three-year contract to upgrade the security features and redesign the appearance of Arizona driver’s licenses and ID cards.

Arizona MVD and Thales will collaborate on card design elements that bring superior security and are very difficult for counterfeiters to replicate. ​ Namely Multiple Laser Image (MLI) with alternately visible data elements, and two unique Thales features, Dynaprint and Edge Sealer. Dynaprint uses multiple high-resolution images and fine line printing for an image flipping effect. While Edge Sealer laser-engraves specific data on the card’s edge to form an additional bond which is extremely difficult to reproduce.

Along with the new design, Arizona will join several other Thales partner jurisdictions in North America that have switched to cards made from 100% polycarbonate, a more durable material extending their usage lifecycle. Cards made of polycarbonate cannot be altered without visibly damaging the card, which is key to detect counterfeited documents.

“These next generation identity credentials provide Arizona residents, businesses and state officials with stronger security for driver’s licenses and ID cards, allowing for quicker validation,” said Tony Lo Brutto, Executive Vice President for Thales Identity and Biometric Solutions in North America. “Thales is pleased to partner with the Arizona MVD, leveraging our key strengths and expertise in reliable and secure ID solutions.”

Thales offers tailored solutions that help jurisdictions better serve their citizens. In addition, Thales has Central Issuance capabilities in North America to securely manage the citizens’ personal data when personalizing the drivers’ license.

“With ID fraud continuing to increase and become more sophisticated, we’re excited to partner with Thales to ensure our Arizona credentials become one of the most secure in the nation,” said Eric Jorgensen, Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division Director. “We look forward to providing another innovative product for the Arizona communities where we serve and live.”

Thales is a renowned trusted provider of driver’s license and ID solutions in the U.S. Thales provides driver’s license and ID card solutions to the following 18 jurisdictions across North America: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New York, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Texas, Washington D.C., Wyoming and now Arizona.

Providing cards with extended usage lifecycle to our clients is part or Thales’ commitment towards sustainability. ​ Thales also supports ​ sustainable projects worldwide by offsetting the carbon emissions from all its travel and ID solutions.

TECH5 enters strategic partnership and invests in uqudo, a leading MEA-focused digital identity provider

TECH5 enters strategic partnership and invests in uqudo, a leading MEA-focused digital identity provider

TECH5, an innovator in the field of biometrics and digital identity management, has made a strategic investment into uqudo, a full stack Digital Identity provider for the Middle East and Africa. uqudo will use the proceeds, received as part of an early investment round, to support the launch and growth of unique new products tailored towards the region in collaboration with TECH5.

uqudo is an existing partner and customer of the investing company, integrating TECH5’s technologies for facial authentication and liveness SDKs as part of the overall uqudo offering. “From a strategic point of view for TECH5, uqudo is a great partner for the integration of both companies’ offerings to create unparalleled digital KYC and National Identity programs in the Middle East, Africa, and other regions.” – says Rob Haslam, TECH5’s Strategic Advisor. “In addition, we appreciate access to uqudo’s expertise as a full-service provider in the space of digital onboarding and authentication” – comments Mr. Haslam.

uqudo offers a digital identity platform for customer onboarding and verification, integrated with biometric modalities of TECH5 for verification, biometric liveness detection, NFC-based government-issued IDs and passports reading and verification, cognitive document analysis and AI-based document scanning. This enables users to experience a fast, frictionless, and secure onboarding process while ensuring compliance with KYC (Know Your Customer), AML (Anti-Money Laundering) and CDD (Customer Due Diligence) regulations. “We are delighted to have TECH5 as an investor and a partner and believe that our collaboration and joint technology offering will bring wide expertise and innovative tools for biometric onboarding, verification, and digital identity management to the market.” – says Mohamed Fagiri, Founder and CEO at uqudo.

With uqudo expanding its coverage and capabilities across the Middle East and Africa, and TECH5’s experience in biometrics and identity management in the region, this collaboration will allow cross-validation of identities without time-consuming manual verifications. uqudo’s full-fledged AI document scanning, verification and customer screening, powered with TECH5’s inclusive biometrics technologies creates a market-leading proposition. The combined offering will also help prevent identity theft and reduce customer acquisition and paper-based costs.

With the joint offering, in addition to the Middle East and Africa, TECH5 and uqudo are planning to target the wider EMEA geography in 2023, with a focus on Fintech, Blockchain, Banking, Insurance, Travel, and Tourism industries as well as public sector organizations.

iProov and NOBID consortium chosen to launch pan-european payments

iProov and NOBID consortium chosen to launch pan-european payments

A multi-country consortium of Europe’s most trusted identity experts, of which iProov is a key member, has been chosen to deliver a cross-border payments pilot, in line with the aims of the European Commission’s EU digital identity wallet program.

In September 2022, it was announced that the six countries involved (Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Latvia and Norway) would be part of the consortium, led by NOBID (Nordic-Baltic eID Project), to bring to life the most widely used of the European Union’s priority use cases for the wallet – payments.

Today, it has been announced that the NOBID Consortium will be one of four EU digital identity pilots, and will receive funding from the EU Commission’s DIGITAL Programme to commence the pilot from March 2023. The consortium will now go into a contracting and grant negotiation process with the EU Commission.

The consortium’s proposal focuses on payments, one of the top priority use cases in the EU’s digital ID wallet vision. Its implementation will leverage existing payment infrastructure to enable payment issuance, instant payments, account-to-account transfers and payment acceptance both in-store and online.

“iProov is delighted that the NOBID consortium has been awarded funding and chosen to proceed with the pilot,” said Andrew Bud, founder and CEO of iProov. “This project will prove biometric-enabled Verifiable Credentials can address the emerging challenges of the increasingly complex world of payments.”

The project has unrivalled support from leaders in banking and payments, including DSGV in Germany, DNB and BankID in Norway, Nets in Denmark, Intesa Sanpaolo, PagoPA and ABILab in Italy and Greiðsluveitan in Iceland. In addition to iProov, technology , Poste Italiane, Intesi Group, InfoCert, FBK and Latvian State Radio and Television Centre. Merchants that will be testing out the payment solution include Elkjøp in Norway and REWE-group in Germany.

iProov’s patented face biometric verification and authentication technology is used by organizations globally to confirm that an online user is the right person, a real person, and that they are authenticating right now. Its Genuine Presence Assurance and Liveness Assurance technologies deliver an effortless user experience with the highest levels of security to help prevent fraud, identity theft, and other cybercrime during online onboarding, authentication, and identity recovery.