TECH5, an innovator in the field of biometrics and digital identity management, has received a Certificate of Conformity certifying that TECH5 has been assessed and found to meet the requirements of the United Kingdom Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework.
The TECH5 SA ACCS /DISC certificate of conformance certifies a component supply to companies wishing to offer services to establish official identity for digital use and covers TECH5 contactless biometric capture for integration into client IdSP’s (Identity Service Provider) ID verification systems including liveness, identification, matching and Digital ID credential issuance.
The list of certified TECH5 technologies includes T5-AirSnap – a patented technology for face and fingerprint liveness detection and contactless biometric acquisition for mobile devices, T5-OmniMatch – a mission-critical multi-modal biometric matching platform, as well as T5-IDencode – a technology platform for issuance of encrypted digital credentials protected by biometrics.
Trust framework participants are certified against a set of UK government-approved rules. This means that one organisation can trust that the information another shares with them is accurate and reliable. To meet the rules of the trust framework, a certified provider needs to prove they are able to safely manage users’ digital identities or attributes.
The Certificate of Conformity serves as evidence that a digital identity system or service provider adheres to the specified standards and practices, ensuring that it meets the necessary security, privacy, and interoperability requirements outlined in the framework. It provides assurance to users, organizations, and regulators that the digital identity solution is reliable, secure, and compliant with the established guidelines, enhancing trust in digital identity processes within the UK. “We at TECH5 are delighted to become a Trust framework participant and receive one more proof that our technologies are compliant with the latest requirements and regulations to provide secure and inclusive digital IDs.” – Comments Andy Gray, Vice President Sales and Business Development for Europe at TECH5.
TECH5’s contactless capture, matching and Digital ID issuance platforms are available to certified TECH5 partners in the UK and globally, and are powering various projects across Government and Private sectors worldwide.
“The UK is one of the key markets for us, where TECH5 has a solid network of partners and a growing list of customers. We are looking forward to continue bringing value and our best-in-class technologies to the United Kingdom.” – Says Mr. Gray.
Rob Haslam, Strategic Advisor, added: “The UK is leading the way internationally on digital ID trust frameworks one of only a handful of countries so far to have implemented such an ecosystem – and this certification means that partners and customers in other parts of the world can also rely on TECH5’s innovative solutions with the assurance of one of the world’s leading frameworks behind them, even in countries where such frameworks are yet to be formalised.”
As the digital landscape evolves, the ever-growing threats of deep fakes and synthetic identity fraud demand innovative solutions. Innovatrics, a global leader in biometric technology, is proud to introduce its Video Injection Attack Detection technology, a pivotal advancement in the ongoing battle against identity fraud.
According to an ID Analytics study, synthetic identity fraud constitutes a staggering 80-85% of all identity fraud, with the volume of incidents surging by 132% in 2022. Furthermore, the incidence of deepfake fraud in North America more than doubled from 2022 to Q1 2023. These alarming statistics underscore the urgent need for robust measures to protect individuals and organizations from these fraudulent activities.
“In response to this growing threat, Innovatrics’ Video Injection Attack Detection is an essential feature of our remote identity verification solution. Our state-of-the-art technology stack employs biometric face verification, comparing a user’s selfie with their ID portrait, while simultaneously ensuring liveness detection to confirm the user’s presence during the process,” explains Daniel Ferak, Innovatrics Business Unit Director. “Recognizing the rising use of video injection spoof attacks by fraudsters, Innovatrics’ advanced algorithms can now secure the camera used during identity verification, preventing video injection spoofs and man-in-the-middle attacks, “ he adds.
The client-side capture component of the Video Injection Attack Detection system not only acquires video frames but also captures crucial camera details, encrypting the data for server-side evaluation. With the capability to differentiate genuine physical cameras from fraudulent video injections, integrators, service providers and end users can enhance security during remote identity verification processes.
Innovatrics will be showcasing its Video Injection Attack Detection at the upcoming Identity Week America 2023, set to take place on October 3-4 in Washington D.C. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the Innovatrics team at booth no. 526 and take part in their engaging presentation tackling deepfakes prevention.
Non-Document Verification capability, enabled by OneID® , onboards end-users nearly instantly, via data from leading UK financial institutions.
Sumsub, the leading global full-cycle verification platform, is announcing the introduction of its Non-Document Verification solution in the UK. Customers across the fintech, crypto, ecommerce, online gaming and transportation industries, among others, can now onboard their users via official bank records securely with near-instant identity verification, while staying compliant with UK regulations. Non-Document Verification is also currently available in Nigeria, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, Ghana, Bangladesh, India and the Netherlands.
The solution is made possible through its strategic partnership with OneID, a UK Government-certified identity provider. Users are supported by OneID during their journey, ensuring compliance with personal data regulations. Sumsub is the first global firm to offer document-free verification services as part of a holistic compliance solution across the whole user journey. The offering signifies a pioneering approach to full-cycle user verification globally, while local providers do offer document-free verification in singular markets.
Through OneID, Sumsub can offer document-free verification for 95% of the adult population. The solution will facilitate customer identity verification via data from major institutions, including Barclays, Bank of Scotland, Chase, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds, MBNA, Monzo, Nationwide, NatWest, RBS, Santander, Starling, TSB, Ulster, and Virgin Money.
The Non-Document Verification solution offers a number of benefits for clients, redefining the user verification landscape. OneID enables Sumsub to provide lightning-fast verification in less than five seconds – far quicker than the industry’s average onboarding time of two minutes. The process will verify users without the need for them to upload pictures of identity documents.
During the onboarding process, users firstly select their bank and are directed to its page or app within the same session window. Once logged into their bank account, here they provide consent for personal data sharing, which is required for the verification. Finally, Sumsub instantly retrieves and verifies the required data, successfully onboarding the new customer without any documents.
Document-free verification leads to low drop-off and high conversion rates due to the seamless user experience. Furthermore, Sumsub simplifies the process with a user-friendly, code-free approach, allowing customer compliance teams to effortlessly adapt to diverse regulatory and country-specific needs via its Workflow Builder and Web software development kit (SDK) integration, removing the need for in-house developers. Sumsub enables its customers’ teams to build its solution into their own user flow, while incorporating their own corporate branding into the SDK and interface for end-users.
Andrew Sever, Co-founder and CEO of Sumsub explains: “We are pleased to be providing swift onboarding solutions for UK clients. The UK is one of the first European markets in our portfolio for Non-Document Verification, and we’re confident this will take the ID verification user experience to the next level. We are replacing complex authentication procedures for UK-based clients with a unique online banking log-in eliminating identity fraud, duplicate accounts and bot-based verification attempts”.
“We are dedicated to providing a secure, efficient, and seamless onboarding experience for users while empowering businesses to meet regulatory requirements effortlessly.”
“We are delighted that Sumsub has chosen us to be their partner to provide their document-free identity solution,” says Paula Sussex, CEO of OneID. “We are proud that we enable Sumsub to promise their customers a quick and easy experience that covers around 50 million individuals in the UK”.
Tony Petrov, Chief Legal Officer at Sumsub adds: “According to UK AML regulations, document-free solutions can be utilised, provided that they incorporate additional security measures. These are essential for establishing a connection between a user and their claimed identity, which has been independently verified by an external data source”.
“We ensure that the non-document verification process is secure from fraud and misuse and we can assure that users claiming a particular identity are in fact the person with that identity due to our advanced electronic identification technology.”
T5-AirSnap Finger – a patented innovative technology for contactless fingerprint capture developed by TECH5 – successfully passes iBeta ISO 30107-3 PAD Level 1 evaluation.
In PAD (Presentation Attack Detection) testing, TECH5’s fingerprint capture algorithm showcased outstanding performance with 0% APCER (Attack Presentation Classification Error Rate), ensuring no spoofs were misidentified as live fingerprints, and 0% BPCER (Bona Fide Presentation Classification Error Rate), guaranteeing no live fingers were incorrectly classified as spoofs.
Rahul Parthe, Co-Founder, Chairman, and CTO of TECH5, says: “We at TECH5 never stop innovating, and a perfect score demonstrated by T5-AirSnap Finger contactless biometric capture and liveness algorithms is one more proof of our technology’s excellence.”
iBeta is accredited by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) NVLAP as an Independent Test Lab and conducts the ISO Presentation Attack Detection testing in accordance with the ISO/IEC 30107-3 standard and in alignment with the ISO/IEC 30107-1 framework. TECH5’s T5-AirSnap Finger application was tested by iBeta to the ISO 30107-3 Biometric Presentation Attack Detection Standard and was found to be in compliance with PAD Level 1.
T5-AirSnap Finger allows for accurate capture of fingerprints within seconds using the camera of a smartphone, unlocking biometric capture and verification capabilities for any use case – from digital onboarding to any transaction that requires a high level of assurance using biometric verification. Inbuilt liveness detection technology, recently ranked first in the Liveness Detection (LivDet) 2023 Non-contact Fingerprint international competition, ensures that the presented fingers belong to a live person and prevents spoofing attacks.
“This unique combination of technologies makes T5-AirSnap Finger the most reliable contactless fingerprint capture offerings in the market, and we are delighted to make this ISO-compliant technology available to all our partners globally!” – Says Ameya Bhagwat, SVP of Global Business Development and Sales at TECH5.
The T5-AirSnap Finger technology reduces the need for purpose-built devices, as only the camera of a mobile phone is required for biometric acquisition and, due to ease of use, does not require any specific training.
Mr. Parthe commented: “We are continuously testing T5-AirSnap with different models of mobile phones and can confidently say that our technology is very robust and inclusive and works great not only with high-end expensive smartphones but also with a wide range of very affordable widely available phones that cost less than a hundred dollars”.
TECH5, an innovator in biometrics and digital identity management, will demonstrate its latest technology offerings during the Identity Week America exhibition, held in Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Downtown Washington, D.C., USA, on October 3rd and 4th, 2023.
TECH5’s technology offerings include end-user applications for biometric capture, credential issuance and identification, a multimodal ABIS, and SDKs for both contactless face and fingerprint capture. At stand No. 218, TECH5 will showcase its innovations for contactless biometric capture and liveness detection using mobile devices, Digital ID issuance and verification, and its latest technology platform for law enforcement.
TECH5 USA, Inc. is headquartered in Troy, Michigan with locations in San Diego, California; the D.C. Beltway; Austin, Texas; and Canada. TECH5’s North American team includes industry veterans who have been involved in implementing and supporting a wide variety of use cases, including some of the first biometric solutions for law enforcement in the U.S., from Los Angeles County to the state of Arizona, as well as a number of other industry firsts with the U.S. federal government and governmental agencies in Canada and Mexico. The team’s collective innovation, depth of expertise, and breadth of experience have resulted in numerous awards and over 27 patents related to biometric technology.
TECH5’s target markets include Government and Private sectors with products powering Civil ID, Digital ID, Public Safety, and Law Enforcement and Authentication solutions that deliver identity assurance for various use cases. “In the U.S., we are focusing mostly on public safety, equipping law enforcement agencies across the country with some of the fastest technologies and platforms for multi-biometric matching, as well as software tools for quick and effective investigation.” – Rahul Parthe, Co-founder, Chairman and CTO at TECH5.
All technologies presented during the conference are available for TECH5’s certified partners and customers globally.
Identity Week America 2023 is set to return on October 3-4, promising an unparalleled opportunity to explore the cutting-edge advancements in identity management.
Hosted at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC, this dynamic platform will bring together 3,000+ global leaders, innovators, and professionals from various industries to discuss, collaborate, and shape the future of identity.
Key highlights of Identity Week America 2023:
250+ Industry-Leading Speakers: Identity Week America has assembled an impressive roster of industry experts, thought leaders, and innovators who will share their knowledge and insights through keynote presentations and panel discussions.
They include: United Nations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, The White House, U.S. Payments Forum, OBIM, FBI, U.S. Secret Service, World Economic Forum, Air Canada, IATA, Netflix, Uber, R.B.C. Royal Bank, NIST, CBS Health, Delta, NEC, BNY Mellon, Unicef, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and many more!
In-Depth Discussions: Identity Week America 2023 will delve into critical issues such as identity technology, security, and compliance. Thought-provoking discussions will help attendees navigate the evolving landscape of identity management and provide practical insights and solutions they can implement in their organisations.
Exhibition: The event’s expansive exhibition hall with 250 exhibitors will showcase cutting-edge solutions, products, and services from leading companies in the identity industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the latest innovations in biometrics, cybersecurity, authentication, AI and more.
Roundtables: Identity Week America will feature interactive roundtables and hands-on sessions, allowing participants to deepen their understanding of identity-related agendas and current uses of technologies.
Startup City: Discover 100+ promising startups and innovative solutions in the identity space through our Startup City, offering a glimpse into the future of identity technology.
Identity Week America 2023 is a must-attend event for professionals seeking to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving field of identity management. Whether you are involved in government, finance, healthcare, travel, technology, or any sector requiring secure and efficient identity solutions, this platform is designed to provide you with the knowledge and connections you need to succeed.
Registration is now open! Don’t miss your chance to be a part of Identity Week America 2023. For more information and to book your free ticket, please visit our website.
Setting industry’s call to action to drive cloud native adoption
Today, the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN) published the “Cloud Native Manifesto: An Operator View”. This important publication provides key principles and requirements for Cloud Native Telecom from an operator’s point of view, and a clear view on the focus required by the industry in order to accelerate the adoption of cloud native solutions in mobile networks. “Cloud Native” refers to a way of designing and operating applications, network functions and services in an open and flexible environment with the intention to enable greater efficiency in operations and faster time to market for new services, thereby enabling operators to meet their customers’ needs.
“Given the strategic impact of the move towards cloud native, the already experienced and foreseen implications in its adoption for operators, and the multiple options and paths provided by industry players, it is the belief of the NGMN Board that a clear position on cloud native is required,” said Arash Ashouriha, Chairman of the NGMN Board and SVP Group Technology at Deutsche Telekom.
“With this publication – written by the NGMN Board and invited operator experts – we provide that steering to the industry by outlining a clear set of prioritised calls to action, which, once addressed, will drive the migration at scale towards cloud native network workloads, for the benefit of the ecosystem and end-users”, he added.
“Whilst the industry is embracing cloud native as a paradigm to boost efficiency and enhance flexibility for current and future networks, it is clear that several issues remain, which will hamper the objective to achieve scale deployment – unless these are urgently, consistently and cohesively addressed through an industry wide effort” said Mauro Costa, NGMN Board Member and Director of Network Cloud and Continuous Delivery at Telia Company. “In particular, together with the entire industry, we need to ensure that solutions can be truly cloud native and multi-vendor and that we have the tools and processes in place to enable these” he added.
On the journey to highly flexible, sustainable, and resilient networks for the future, the NGMN Board believes in applying the following cloud native principles to all layers of network infrastructure, applications and services*:
1. Decoupled infrastructure and application lifecycles over vertical monoliths
2. ‘API first’ over manual provisioning of network resources
3. Declarative and intent-based automation over imperative workflows
4. GitOps** principles over traditional network operations practices
5. Unified Kubernetes (or the like) resource consumption patterns over domain-specific resource controllers
6. Unified Kubernetes (or the like) closed-loop reconciliation patterns over vendor-specific element management practices
7. Interoperability by well-defined certification processes over vendor-specific optimisation.
Through its Operating Disaggregated Networks (ODiN) project, NGMN continues to shape and develop processes to enable the industry – operators and vendors – to efficiently manage the full lifecycle of disaggregated networks. The Cloud Native Manifesto will play an important role in advancing this work of NGMN to deliver a set of operating model blueprints for disaggregated networks. The ODiN project, led by Deutsche Telekom and co-led by Bell Canada and Smart/PLDT, working with the entire value chain at NGMN, will publish its next recommendations at MWC2024.
“As an industry alliance, we focus on collaboration, to unlock the smartest opportunities and to solve the biggest challenges the industry faces”, said Anita Doehler, CEO NGMN Alliance. “With this manifesto, coupled with the work of our ODiN project, we are providing a solid foundation for the industry to move forward at pace with adopting this key technology”, she added.
The emergence of decentralised digital identity as a powerful new tool to safeguard personal information is the subject of a new whitepaper published by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce.
Produced by the CompTIA Blockchain and Web3 Advisory Council, “Decentralised Digital Identity & Self-Sovereignty” examines how this method of sharing personal information is reshaping IT security, giving individuals and organizations greater privacy and better control over where and how their information is used.
The whitepaper’s authors also encourage managed service providers (MSPs) to educate themselves on decentralised digital identity credentials so they are prepared to work with their customers to strengthen security and privacy postures.
“Large organizations are deploying decentralized digital identity credentials to safeguard personal data and information,” said Elena Dumitrascu, Chief Technology Officer, Credivera, and co-chair of the CompTIA Blockchain and Web3 Advisory Council. “Small and medium-sized businesses will soon follow. Many organizations will look to their technology partners and providers for their guidance and expertise.”
As detailed in the whitepaper, a decentralised digital identity is made up of digital credentials, also called verifiable credentials (VC), that are held in a VC wallet. The digital wallet is locked with a PIN or passphrase and is under the full control of the user. Using the decentralised digital identity approach, an individual’s information remains encrypted until they choose to share. When they do so, the place they share this information with receives only a proof token, not the individual’s entire information record, to store on their servers.
“This enables both individuals and organizations to take greater control of their online information and relationships while also providing greater security and privacy,” said Wes Jensen, Blockchain Advisory Council co-chair and Partner at 21Packets.
CompTIA’s Blockchain & Web3 Advisory Council brings together thought leaders and innovators to identify how technology companies and their customers can leverage blockchain technology in their business cases. Council members have backgrounds in supply chain consulting, software development, legal, marketing, education, business-to-business and business-to-consumer organisations.
The Open Identity Exchange (OIX) has today released a paper calling for comprehensive data standards for identity information to ensure Digital ID interoperability is achieved.
Focused specifically on core identity data and its associated evidence, the OIX is calling for its recommendations to be adopted on a global scale.
According to OIX analysis, there are many bodies in existence that address some element of the standards required for interoperability, but no one is addressing the whole picture.
OIX found that existing data standards specifically for – core claims about an individual (such as name, address, date of birth), the common evidence types (such as passport, driving licence, national ID card), the associated proofing techniques and the way in which identity assurance is communicated – are inconsistent and mixed. This continues to be a major barrier to interoperability and wider digital ID adoption.
The paper, Data Standards for Digital ID Interoperability, finalises a series of recommendations that the OIX has been formulating over the past year. It outlines in detail how standards might be implemented from the data item level upwards, revealing a layered requirement that will enable the many granular standards for individual data items of evidence to be brought together consistently into the whole picture.
OIX is a global non-profit organisation that has been working across sectors, borders and with governments, to ensure that digital ID works well for organisations that will come to accept digital identities and credentials.
Now it is urging those setting standards for data to adopt and progress its recommendations outlined in the paper.
This will be vital for allowing interoperability of digital IDs in federations within an ID ecosystem and across different jurisdictional ID ecosystems enabling the adoption of digital ID among relying parties.
Nick Mothershaw, Chief Identity Strategist at OIX, said: “There are too many scenarios where the lack of comprehensive standards is creating significant difficulties for organisations trying to confirm a user’s identity. For example, where there is a local federation of ID providers issuing the same verified core ID information or where digital IDs are used across international boundaries to prove who a user is in a new country, all requiring consistent communication of evidence, proofing and ID assurance approaches”
“Relying parties are receiving the same data in different formats from different digital ID providers. Having to assess the data themselves, and code differently to accommodate for the differences, is creating problems around interpretation, translation and data normalisation. This is forming a barrier to digital ID Adoption. If we want relying parties to embrace and consume digital ID, we must make it easier for them to do so.”
The Data Standards for Digital ID Interoperability paper focuses on the specific data that identifies an individual, and the evidence behind that, which needs to be standardised in a way that can be communicated consistently regardless of the ‘protocol envelope’ used to securely exchange the data. It makes a series of key recommendations around how it should be standardised and by whom to enable interoperability.
A single protocol independent data standard must be created. It must allow core ID information and evidence to be communicated consistently, regardless of the protocol used to securely exchange it (e.g.OIDC, Verifiable Credentials). The OIX view is that this should be based on the OIDC for Identity Assurance
Existing ISO and ICAO standards must be used for core ID claims as far as is possible.
A per claim level of trust and period of validity construct should be considered.
Where evidence specific standards exist for evidence types (e.g. passports, driving licenses), they should be used for those types of evidence.
Standards are required for proofing techniques – such as document scanning (with different light options), document optical character recognition, image capture liveness, biometric matching – that will enable different trust frameworks to assemble sets of proofed credentials as part of their individual assurance policies.
TECH5, an innovator in the field of biometrics and digital identity management, receives a patent (United States Patent 11721120) for “Contactless fingerprint capture using artificial intelligence and image processing on integrated camera systems”. With this patent, the company is aiming to protect one of its latest innovations – a neural network (NN) based mobile fingerprint liveness and capture technology called T5-AirSnap Finger.
The patent covers a fingerprinting solution that uses neural network (NN) based Machine Learning (ML) algorithms in combination with traditional image processing for contactless fingerprint capture, presentation attack detection, and fingerprint matching using a portable handheld device with integrated camera systems, thereby eliminating the need for a specialist device dedicated for fingerprinting. NN models are trained to first detect the size and direction of fingers in the captured image, check if the captured fingers are reversed (thereby making nails visible), check if the thumb of the correct hand is captured, check if the presented finger is live or a spoof, and generate fixed-length fingerprint templates for subsequent matching of fingerprints. A three-dimensional (3D) depth map of the finger is used to bring the fingerprint resolution to 500 dpi and eliminate distortion caused by the curvature of the finger shape to improve accuracy while scaling and flattening a fingerprint image. The solution facilitates contactless-to-contactless as well as contactless-to-contact-based fingerprint matching.
T5-AirSnap Finger efficiently captures and prepares biometric data for further processing in compliance with interoperability standards. The algorithms can be used for both enrolment and authentication on a mobile device and backend.
TECH5 has been participating with its contactless fingerprint capture technology in the UK Home Office Biometric self-enrolment trials consistently since 2021. Furthermore, TECH5’s fingerprint capture and matching technologies are part of ongoing evaluations by NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) and the FBI as part of the standardisation and certification of such technologies.
In June 2023, TECH5 won the first and second positions in the Liveness Detection (LivDet)1 2023 Non-contact Fingerprint international competition, with its latest NN (neural network) based fingerprint liveness detection technology for mobile devices. This technology is available to TECH5’s certified partners globally as part of T5-AirSnap Finger contactless capture offering for mobile devices.
“TECH5 is passionate about driving innovation and revolutionising the way we solve real-world problems. Our expert R&D team is committed to advancing contactless fingerprint capture and liveness detection, integral to critical applications such as national enrolments, law enforcement, eKYC, and decentralised digital ID. We take pride in leading the way in this exciting new field of research.” – says Rahul Parthe, TECH5’s Co-founder, Chairman, and CTO, listed in the patent among inventors.
T5-AirSnap Finger technology is deployed in various projects across Government and Private sectors as part of the T5-Digital ID solution as well as a separate product.
The Philippine Statistics Authority in Negros Oriental began piloting its Civil Registration Services (CRS) application system on Tuesday for the authentication of national identification cards.
Ariel Fortuito, PSA-Negros Oriental chief, said the CRS app will determine whether the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) cards that have been distributed to the registrants are valid and authentic.
“Since the national ID cards no longer bear the signature of its owner, the CRS app can authenticate its information and other data stored in it, such as iris scans and biometrics,” Fortuito told the Philippine News Agency.
He said the effort is part of the PSA’s security measures for the national ID cards although Fortuito said it is difficult to falsify official identification.
Both the physical card being distributed through the Philippine Postal Corporation or the ePhilID card can be authenticated by this program, the PSA official said.
The official rollout of the CRS app in Negros Oriental is set next month.
As of late Tuesday, the PSA managed to test some 25 clients’ national ID cards.
Government agencies such as the Social Security Service, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Government Service Insurance System may already use this for validation purposes.
Private institutions such as banks may also avail of the service, Fortuito said.
In the near future, kiosks may also be put up for the authentication of the national ID cards such as through the use of QR (quick response) codes, he added. (PNA)
Veridas Facial Biometrics Access Control interfaces with LenelS2’s OnGuard access control security system
Veridas, a Spanish technology company specialising in digital identity biometrics,today announced that it has received LenelS2 factory certification and joined the LenelS2 OpenAccess Alliance Program (OAAP). Veridas Facial Biometrics Access Control interfaces with the OnGuard® access control system to provide an improved customer access and visitor management experience through touchless and seamless entry.
John Marchioli, OAAP product management, LenelS2 said: “Veridashas completed required factory testing at LenelS2 to validate the functionality of its interface to the OnGuard system. The interface of Veridas will provide end users with a facial biometric access solution that saves costs to customers.”
“We look forward to their continued involvement in the LenelS2 OpenAccess Alliance Program.”
“Veridas partners with leading actors in security and access control to shape the future of touchless and seamless access together. Veridas’ #2 NIST-ranked interface helps organizations globally to achieve the perfect balance between security and hospitality”, said Eduardo Azanza, CEO, Veridas. “With remote enrolment and facial access, no human intervention or physical credentials are needed. We are thrilled with this strong alliance and look forward to seeing the breakthrough opportunities it provides to organisations.”
About Veridas Facial Biometric Access Control
Veridas facial biometric visitor access control management platform makes it easy for visitors and employees to self-register remotely or at the reception desk by capturing their ID card and selfie.
The system verifies the visitor’s identity and generates a private and non-transferable biometric access credential.
Once the visitor reaches the installation, they approach the Veridas biometric terminal at the entrance and show their faces and/or biometric QRs. The terminal authenticates them in less than a second and allows them to enter, thanks to the connection with the LENEL access system.
Veridas is a leading global player in the identity industry, serving over 250 clients across 25 countries in sectors such as banking, insurance, telecommunications, and public administrations.
LEHI, Utah – July 27, 2023 – In a world where finding new relationships or on-demand home services online has become the norm, the quest for genuine, trustworthy connections with people and professionals often comes with inherent risks.
Online dating platforms — like Match, eHarmony, Tinder and Bumble — have seen explosive growth. Last year it was a USD 2.86 billion industry with 366 million users. Whereas the global online on-demand home services market size — dominated by companies like Home Advisor, Houzz, Thumbtack, Phyxter, Porch, and Angie’s List — was estimated at USD 3.71 billion in 2021.
Unfortunately, fake profiles and financial scammers continue to pose a significant threat to those seeking meaningful relationships and reliable home service providers.
Converus, a Utah tech company, says its new truth verification mobile app, VerifEye, offers a unique way to catch individuals during the onboarding process who might create a less-than-truthful profile or who have an undesirable past history.
Using a person’s cell phone camera, VerifEye measures changes in involuntary eye behavior to detect deception during a self-administered, true/false test. The test takes 10 minutes and is about 80% accurate.
Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen emphasized the crucial role VerifEye can play in helping online platforms assure the authenticity of users’ profiles.
“VerifEye’s technology brings a much-needed additional layer of trust and peace-of-mind to the online dating and professional services industries,” said Mickelsen. “By enabling providers to verify information in users’ profiles, we empower people to make safer and more informed decisions when establishing new connections.”
Mickelsen suggests dating sites could even offer a premium service featuring users vetted with VerifEye.
Dating websites have become a breeding ground for deception, with false information running rampant. In an anonymous survey conducted by Healthy Framework, over 55% of adults ages 18-54 admitted to lying about something on their dating profiles. From age and height to marital status, these misrepresentations can lead to disappointment and wasted time for users genuinely seeking connections.
Even more alarming is the rise of financial scammers who exploit unsuspecting individuals for personal gain. In 2022 the notorious “Tinder Swindler,” aka Simon Leviev, defrauded an estimated $10 million from three women he targeted on the popular dating app Tinder. In that same year a 78-year-old man from Annandale, Va. was taken for half a million dollars by someone claiming to be a widowed woman from New York in her 30s.
In just the past five years in the U.S., dating app users have reported losing $1.3 billion to romance scams. According to the FTC, romance scams increased by 80% in 2021 compared to the previous year.
VerifEye, released last month in the U.S., can also be used to verify fidelity or sobriety. EyeCanKnow, a U.S.-based company, has launched an online service for addiction recovery centers, therapists or anyone who needs a test to quickly verify the fidelity or sobriety of a client, partner, or loved one.
Converus provides scientifically validated credibility assessment technologies. VerifEye™ is the world’s first mobile app to help organizations or individuals accurately verify the truth about a person — including background, identity, creditworthiness and claims — in about 10 minutes. EyeDetect®, which detects deception by measuring involuntary eye behavior, is a fast, accurate, affordable, noncontact, scalable, and fully automated option to polygraph. EyeDetect+ is the world’s first automated polygraph, making the testing process impartial, accurate, and less intrusive (than a traditional polygraph). It assesses credibility by monitoring and recording ocular activity plus physiological activity similar to a traditional polygraph. Customers worldwide use the EyeDetect product line for screening and investigations to help protect countries, corporations and communities from corruption, crime and threats. Converus is headquartered in Lehi, Utah, USA. Visit converus.com
The Colombian National Police has taken an important step towards improving public safety and the effectiveness of identifying people with legal requirements by selecting facial recognition software from the Spanish company Herta.
Aware of the growing need for advanced technologies to face security challenges, the Colombian National Police has chosen to partner with Herta for the city of Medellín, a leader in the development of facial identification solutions and a pioneer in its field.
Herta’s facial recognition software will allow the Colombian National Police to speed up the identification of people wanted by the justice system in various situations, which will translate into an effective tool to fight crime and improve security in the country.
This advanced technology will make it possible to quickly and accurately identify those individuals who present legal requirements, thus optimising resources and time in police operations.
In this regard, the Mayor’s Office announced the commissioning of 80 intelligent facial recognition cameras, located at strategic points in the city, public transport and places with the greatest influx. These cameras have integrated a database that contains the profiles and identification by facial comparison of 19,000 people, required with current arrest warrants and which is expected to considerably increase the operation and effectiveness of the authorities in the search for those responsible for crimes.
Herta’s software stands out for its precision and ability to handle large databases, which is essential for an institution like the Colombian National Police, which faces a wide range of challenges in the field of security and public order.
The implementation of Herta’s facial recognition software reinforces the commitment of the Colombian National Police in the adoption of innovative technologies that improve security in the country and contribute to the well-being of society.
FEITIAN, a leading provider of identity authentication terminals, has collaborated with Elyctis to integrate their unique e-ID document readers into its latest authentication and verification devices, the V20 and V11. This partnership has resulted in advanced solutions capable of reading all e-passports, national e-ID cards, performing OCR recognition, and much more. These devices cater to various industries, including border control, government agencies, telecom and banks, offering robust data collection, biometric and enrollment and authentication capabilities.
FEITIAN, headquartered in Beijing, China, has established itself as a global leader in identity authentication technology. By leveraging the expertise of Elyctis, an esteemed provider of e-ID documents reading solutions, FEITIAN has integrated their cutting-edge e-ID readers into its latest authentication terminals, the V20 and V11. This collaboration represents a significant advancement in delivering state-of-the-art technology for identity verification and data collection.
The newly launched V20 and V11 authentication devices by FEITIAN offer unparalleled convenience and versatility. Equipped with Elyctis e-ID readers, these terminals empower organizations to read various types of identity documents, including e-passports and national eID cards, while providing the most efficient OCR recognition capabilities. The integration of Elyctis e-ID readers ensures accurate data capture, even in challenging environments.
The V20 authentication terminal is available in two variations: a standalone device and a device with a docking station. This flexibility allows users to choose the option that best suits their operational requirements. The V11 authentication terminal, on the other hand, offers a compact and portable solution for organizations on the go.
FEITIAN’s collaboration with Elyctis has enabled the V20 and V11 terminals to excel in critical applications such as border control, government agencies, telecom and banking sectors. These devices facilitate seamless data collection and authentication processes, ensuring enhanced security and efficiency in identity verification and KYC procedures.
Mr. Wang, Advanced Technology Manager of FEITIAN’s ID terminal division said: “We are thrilled to partner with Elyctis to integrate their exceptional e-ID reading technology into our authentication terminals”.
“The combination of FEITIAN’s expertise in identity authentication and Elyctis’ cutting-edge e-ID readers enables us to provide our customers with highly reliable and efficient solutions.”
Mr. Alexandre JOLY, CEO of Elyctis, added, “FEITIAN’s commitment to delivering top-notch authentication solutions aligns perfectly with our vision. By integrating our e-ID readers into their terminals, we are jointly enabling organizations to streamline their data collection processes and enhance the accuracy of identity verification.”
FEITIAN’s V20 and V11 authentication terminals with Elyctis ID readers are now available for organizations seeking robust and reliable solutions for data collection and authentication.
FEITIAN and Elyctis are both showcasing on the Expo Floor at Identity Week Asia 2023, 7&8 November in Singapore.
Kathleen Kiernan was recently appointed onto the International Biometrics + Identity Association’s board of Directors at the 2023 Association Board Elections.
In this 2023 cycle, four candidates were on the IBIA slate — three incumbents and one new board candidate. All were elected unanimously by the Membership.
The three incumbents re-elected to staggered terms on the IBIA Board are: Donnie Scott, Chief Executive Officer of IDEMIA’s Identity and Security – North America business; Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Global Sales & Business Development for Iris ID, a leading US – based company focused on iris recognition and authentication; and Chip Merrill, Vice President for Public Sector Biometrics at HID Global, a global leader and supplier in identity and security technologies, was also re-elected.
IBIA’s newest elected Board member is Dr. Kathleen L. Kiernan, President of NEC National Security Systems (NSS), a US-based subsidiary of NEC Corporation of America, which provides biometric identity, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and computer vision applications for federal government agencies in the defence, intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security sectors.
A 29-year veteran of federal law enforcement, Dr. Kiernan is a recognized expert in strategy development and implementation, as well as facilitating critical incident management exercises across government and the private sector. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
John Mears, Chairman of the IBIA Board and Vice President and Tech Fellow at Leidos Corporation, welcomed Dr. Kiernan as the newest addition to the Board, adding that her “expertise and experience will add another level of depth to the Association’s well of industry thought-leaders”.
Other IBIA Board members include Bob Eckel, President and CEO of Aware, Inc., a leading authentication company applying proven and trusted adapted authentication to solve everyday business challenges with biometrics; Deep Bhatia of global electronics and manufacturing innovator Qualcomm; Michael DePasquale, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BIO-key International, a leading developer of identity and access management products and services; and Neville Pattinson, Head of Business Development and Strategic Marketing of global identity technology for the Thales Group.
“We are pleased to have the world’s global leaders in the biometrics and identity management segment as members,” said Mears. “They are key to our mission of advocacy for efficient, secure and ethical applications of the technology.”
NEC TITLE SPONSOR KEYNOTE – Kathleen Kiernan at Identity Week America 2023
Identity Week America 2023 is proud to be partnered by the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) which has a vast membership and share of U.S. biometric companies and industry players. Their new board member, Kathleen Kiernan, who long has attended and been an important part of the event with NEC, will deliver their title sponsor keynote speech to kick off the first day of proceedings for 2023.
IBIA lead a special keynote panel on Digital Identity Futures towards the end of Day 1.
Global Contactless Biometrics Technology Market Key Insights
During the forecast period of 2023-2035, the global contactless biometrics technology market is expected to reach an estimated value of ~USD 34 billion by 2035, by expanding at a CAGR of ~20%. The market further generated a revenue of ~USD 12 billion in the year 2022. Major key factors propelling the growth of the contactless biometrics technology market worldwide are the growing demand for a high level of security in public, private and commercial sectors, and the increasing adoption of biometrics in the healthcare industry
Market Definition of Contactless Biometrics Technology
A topic in spotlight nowadays is contactless biometric verification, which permits user authorization without requiring a person to touch any machine sensors. Additionally, multi-factor authentication utilizing non-contact biometrics and behavioral security technology are much more secure than the procedures the world is accustomed to. Some of the types of biometric technology includes facial recognition, fingerprint mapping, and retina scans. Many organizations and business hubs are actively adopting this technology for the attendance record, user authentication, and for access to limited access units.
Global Contactless Biometrics Technology: Growth Drivers
The growth of the global contactless biometrics technology market can majorly be attributed to the rapid digitalization across various organizations around the world. For instance, nearly 65% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is predicted to be digitized by 2022, and digitally transformed organizations are projected to contribute to more than half of the global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2023, accounting for nearly USD 54 trillion. On the other hand, the market growth can also be attributed to the increasing penetration of internet globally. According to World Bank data, the proportion of the population using the Internet was around 49% in 2018, which increased to 60% in 2020.The global contactless biometrics technology market is also estimated to grow majorly on account of the following:
Contactless Biometrics Technology
Low adoption of this technology in underprivileged regions owing to low technological awareness among people and lack of skilled manpower are expected to be the major hindrance to the growth of the global contactless biometrics technology market during the forecast period.
Global Contactless Biometrics TechnologyMarket Segmentation
By End User (Government, Banking & Finance, Consumer Electronics, Healthcare, Transport & Logistics, Defense & Security, and Others)
The healthcare segment, amongst all the other segments, is anticipated to garner the largest revenue by the end of 2035. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the increasing healthcare expenditure per capita, and the growing popularity of real-time emotion detection, which is an application of face recognition, in the healthcare sector. It was found that global health expenditure per capita was USD 1121.97 in 2019 and it is expected to rise significantly over the projection period.
By Application (Identity Verification, Payments & Transactions, and Access Control)
By Component (Hardware, Software, and Services)
The North America contactless biometrics technology market is anticipated to hold the largest market share by the end of 2035 among the market in all the other regions. Rising government spending to implement contactless biometric solutions in the region is one of the major factors anticipated to drive the growth of the market in the region during the forecast period. In addition, the high adoption of this technology, supported by the increasing military spending is also expected to boost the market growth in the region in the coming years. It was noted that the United States upped its military budget from USD 730 billion in 2019 to USD 750 billion in 2020.
The market research report on global contactless biometrics technology also includes the market size, market revenue, Y-o-Y growth, and key player analysis applicable for the market in North America (U.S., and Canada), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America), Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific), Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg, NORDIC (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark), Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe), and Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman), North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa).
Key Market Players Featured in the Global Contactless Biometrics TechnologyMarket
Some of the key players of the global contactless biometrics technology market are NEC Corporation, Gemalto N.V., Aware Inc., Touchless Biometric Systems AG, Fujitsu Limited, IDEMIA, NVIAsoft Corporation, HID Global, M2SYS Technology, Fingerprint Cards AB,
The establishment of the Dynamic Coalition on Blockchain Assurance and Standardisation, hosted and supported by the Government Blockchain Association (GBA), has been approved by the Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Each year the United Nations convenes a meeting of the IGF, a global multi-stakeholder platform that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. The IGF is comprised of Dynamic Coalitions that perform inter-sessional work throughout the year to provide analysis on specific digital topics and implement recommendations from the annual IGF meetings.
This year, the UN-IGF has approved a proposal to establish a Dynamic Coalition for Blockchain Standards and Assurance.
The group will be developing general and industry specific blockchain standards for domains including:
· Artificial Intelligence
· Communication Infrastructure (i.e., accessibility and security)
· Digital Identity
· Economic Development and Investments
· Environmental Stewardship
· Public Services (i.e., voting, finance, health care, education)
· Supply Chain
A combination of monthly and weekly meetings will be scheduled throughout the year for each domain of work. The dynamic coalition will submit proposals for workshops and panel discussions at the annual IGF meetings, including the preparation of an annual report of its activities and results.
Members of the group have already begun piloting blockchain standards. The Blockchain Maturity Model is being used by organizations as a road map to develop trusted blockchain solutions, as well as a validation that blockchain solutions meet industry best practices.
The working group will publish the results of its efforts. This includes publishing the standardisation and assurance criteria, best practices, and results of the pilot projects. The publication of the results will help to promote the use of blockchain technology and to ensure that blockchain systems are of high quality and interoperable.
The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a global multi-stakeholder platform that facilitates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet. It includes a set of Dynamic Coalitions on various topics including the Dynamic Coalition on Blockchain Assurance and Standardisation hosted by the Government Blockchain Association.
Data from mobile telcos could enable greater levels of inclusion for millions in the UK who currently struggle to prove who they are when trying to access products and services they are entitled to, according to the Open Identity Exchange (OIX), a non-profit organisations and global community driving positive and inclusive developments for trusted digital identities.
OIX is urging all digital ID service providers, and other organisations that will need to undertake ID proofing, to consider combining mobile telco data into their processes.
As part of their wider work to understand how to enable digital ID inclusion across the population, OIX has identified the significant value that can be derived from including mobile telco data in the ID proofing process.
Outlined in a paper released today, OIX provides its view on how telco proofing techniques can be used in the context of GPG45, as well as in the context of AML ID proofing.
According to the OIX, existing processes to set up a digital ID are still largely dependent on individuals having traditional ID documents, such as passports or driving licences, or existing data sources based on online banking and non-bank credit accounts. However, a large proportion of the UK population does not have a passport, a driving licence or access to online services.
In fact, research by OIX revealed that at least six million people in the UK are ‘ID Challenged’. This means that they struggle to prove who they are in both the private and public sectors, and find themselves excluded from access to the products and services they are entitled to.
With the UK government’s recent announcement that eight government departments are now using its digital ID platform, GOV.UK One Login, with others set to be onboarded over the coming months, OIX believes that mobile telco data must be considered to broaden its reach to people who do not have traditional documents or online banking and non-bank credit accounts.
Nick Mothershaw, OIX Chief Identity Strategist, said: “Mobile telco data on its own has limited value and doesn’t rank as high in the GPG45 model, compared to data from banks, credit reference agencies or government. That’s why it isn’t currently used in the ID proofing process and has become a forgotten data source. However, when combined with these and other datasets, it becomes extremely valuable and has the ability to move people up to ‘medium’ or ‘high’ in terms of GPG45 scoring. This will enable greater levels of inclusion for parts of the UK population who currently struggle.”
According to OIX, an individual’s name, address, phone number, how long an account has been open and whether it is active, can be validated against mobile telco records. The differentiating factor, however, is the ability to send an SMS through the telco provider’s own system to the individual’s validated phone with a one-time code. This enables ‘dynamic’ Knowledge Based Verification (KBV) of that individual.
Nick concluded: “It’s not acceptable that millions in the UK are still ID challenged and it means that digital ID will not be inclusive. There are a number of things that need to happen, but a good starting point is to introduce more datasets into the ecosystem and mobile telco data is a quick win. This data is readily available, and its combination with other data sources gives it the ability to instantly improve circumstances for those who cannot verify their identity through traditional means.”