Identity Week Asia 2022: Who is speaking?

Identity Week Asia 2022: Who is speaking?

What is the value of attending Identity Week Asia?

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

Hear insights, trends and announcements from peers relating to the surge of digital ID and biometric solutions across the marketplace, plus key talks to develop physical document security on par with digital innovation. Join a variety of sessions, inclusive roundtables, inspiring keynotes and presentations to stimulate the next stage in making identity seamless and secure for all.

Who will be speaking? 

Nat Sakimura, Chairman, OpenID Foundation

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

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

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

Gus Poston, CEO, Netbank 

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

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IDW America: Fostering collaboration across the ID ecosystem

IDW America: Fostering collaboration across the ID ecosystem

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

Join the event on 4-5 October at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC. Tickets are still available:

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

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

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

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

Speakers on the agenda

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

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

Speakers already confirmed this year for the Conference:

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


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

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

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


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

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

Identity Week Asia 2022: Agenda Released

Identity Week Asia 2022: Agenda Released

Identity Week Asia 2022 will be the unmissable identity event of the year! Taking place in one of the fastest growing markets, over 2 days discover what the future holds for Identity. 

We’re beyond excited to share a first-look at the Conference Agenda incorporating 100 world-renowned industry experts across more than 40 sessions, covering biometrics, mobile ID, verification and authentication, identity access management, document fraud, physical credentials and digital onboarding.

Identity Week Asia 2022 kicks off 6 September 2022 for two ground-breaking days of insights, inspiration and new ideas around identity evolution across the APAC region. 

Identity professionals from across finance, government, healthcare, travel, social media and many more sectors will come together to learn, be inspired and generate exciting business opportunities.

As an increasing number of people rely on digital and mobile domains to interact with the world around them, the need for robust online identity systems has never been greater and demand from enterprise, government and consumers just keeps rising!


Secure your seat at APAC’s #1 identity conference now and join over 1,500 of your fellow identity visionaries.

Book your ticket now:

EU: ETIAS system pushed back to November 2023

EU: ETIAS system pushed back to November 2023

The EU’s European Travel Information and Authorisation System which was due to be introduced in May 2013 for non-EU visitors will now be delayed by an extra six months.

Once launched, non-European visitors with visa-waiver status between the ages of 18-70 will be required to submit an application for the ETIAS in order to travel to 26 countries in the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days.

The ETIAS is not a visa but an essential travel document which will be enforced on those applicable.

Back in 2016, tightened measures to pre-screen non-EU visitors and collect advanced data were approved by the European Parliament.

The Schengen zone is mostly comprised of European countries as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The UK’s departure from the EU means that Britons are now subject to the new rules.

Applicants must pay a $7 dollar fee for a 3-year permit and can expect a response to be returned to them within 4 weeks.

The new travel authorisation rules affect 1.4 billion in 40 countries that are naturally excluded from the EU or rejected being part of it. Some countries such as America, Albania, Australia and Canada currently have a visa-free arrangement to travel within the EU. In total, the scheme has been pushed back three times to the end of 2022 and now November 2023.

Some believe ETIAS will further streamline borders by targeting people travelling from out the European Union, however, many who know the current pressures in travel are relieved that new requirements for travellers to provide their advanced data will not be mandatory for some time.

More updates around the implementation will be given in the months before the ETIAS is now set to be implemented. Passengers will be eased into adapting to the new system while, although not confirmed, an initial 6-month grace period may come into effect. Early registration online is encouraged.

Identity Week Asia 2022: Transforming the APAC identity marketplace

Identity Week Asia 2022: Transforming the APAC identity marketplace

Identity Week Asia, the leading identity and trust event for the APAC region, will be returning to the Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore to bring together government, enterprise, and partners on 6-7 September.

Launched in 2019, the event is focused around strengthening stakeholder relations within the Asian identity market to spark innovation and faster adoption of technologies in public services, government, travel, healthcare, and banking.

Identity Week Asia also encompasses our Start-Up Village which serves as an important meeting place for identity tech start-ups at an early stage of their funding to meet potential investors and partners.

The event integrates start-ups into the identity ecosystem and therefore is ever changing the structure of main stakeholders in identity.

The forum places the emphasis of the industry coming together on nurturing the next generation of talent to bring digital ID and biometric technologies to the forefront. It also caters for experienced vendors and organisations that are closer to the user interface and understand the emerging trends for enhanced user experiences and self-sovereign identification.

A stage will be set for 20+ promising start-ups engineering the future, connecting them with Asia’s most influential companies, investors, and media.

The fantastic speaker line-up includes, Open Identity Exchange, IATA, Google, Monetary Authority of Singapore, ShuttleOne, Emerging Payments Association Asia, Prudential Corporation Asia, Royal Thai Police, Netbank, Union Bank of Philippines, GovTech Singapore, Vietnam Government.

The packed conference schedule will cover topical discussions around ID for citizens, seamless travel, secure banking, decentralised ID and blockchain, verifiable credentials, biometrics, effortless onboarding, IAM, secure ID documents, interoperability, quality data collection and lots more!

“We look forward to welcoming back our industry colleagues and friends as we look once more to the future and all the promise and excitement that new technologies and solutions will bring” – Janine Bill, Managing Director, Identity Week.

For further information, including our latest speaker announcements, please visit:

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Secure Identity Alliance mediates tensions over identity supply chain forecasts

Secure Identity Alliance mediates tensions over identity supply chain forecasts

The Secure Identity Alliance has set out its recommendations of good practice amid failures to forecast identity supplies in the supply chain, creating long delays for customers receiving their government ID documents.

The non-profit association, which promotes best standards within the identity industry, has called for better planning in the supply chain to ensure that travel and access to citizen services is not impacted.

A global shortage of identity components (i.e. chips) exacerbated by the pandemic, with a surge of demand following the worst period of the outbreak, has contributed to the severe backlog.

According to the SIA, customers will continue to be the worst impacted by supply issues of electronic documents over 2023, as across the industry physical documents are gradually replaced by digital ID.

Billions of citizens around the world have transitioned to depending on eID cards, e-passports, and other methods of digital identity. Post-pandemic, digital transformation and the heightened demand of technologies has created more business opportunity for suppliers, while impacted their abilities to deliver greater promises.

As travel restrictions have eased, more people have decided to renew their travel documents compared to a 40% decrease in passport demand and use during the worst of the pandemic.

The Secure Identity Alliance is calling all on industry and government stakeholders to foster a collaborative approach to urge suppliers to focus on ensuring smooth delivery of crucial identity supplies. In addition, accurate forecasting is necessary while managing citizen expectations and communicating the reasons behind document delays.

6 FAQs about Identity Week Asia | 6 – 7 September, Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore

6 FAQs about Identity Week Asia | 6 – 7 September, Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore

Still hesitant to book your ticket for Identity Week Asia?

For new and returning stakeholders, the number and diversity of industry topics circulating social media and company pages can be a minefield. Our sessions, designed for all regional Asia stakeholders, are integrated into one event under the same roof with easy to navigate signage systems for a seamless experience – and that’s before we consider the solutions!

We aim to deliver a variety of specific and whole-industry sessions for relevant stakeholders across the industry.

With just over a month to go until we welcome APAC identity community in Singapore, we want to provide transparency in relation to floor-plan logistics, speakers you are guaranteed to meet and hear onsite and a carefully curated arrangement of exhibitors, all of which make for a superior experience at Identity Week Asia.

From 6 – 7 September at the Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore, discover ground-breaking solutions that you will be open to invest in to harness innovations in identity. Meet with perfect-match partners to work with you on enhancing digital onboarding experiences, seamless and secure verification, optimising the user experience and fighting document fraud.

Join thousands of identity big-thinkers, innovators and disruptors from across the Asia Pacific region this September and find out what the future holds for our incredible fast-paced industry.

Identity Week Asia 2022 has it all – aimed at relevant members of the community while security document credentials continue to co-exist with digital transformation and ID.

1. FAQ: Can you summarise all the topics/sessions on this year’s program which are included in my delegate pass?   

National Identity Initiatives | ID in Financial Services | Document Security Innovations | Identity and Access Management | Digital Onboarding | ID in Payments and eCommerce | Digital ID and Biometrics in Travel | Contactless Biometrics | ID for Citizens | Fighting Document Fraud | Decentralised ID and Blockchain | Security Document Manufacture

2. FAQ: When are the keynote presentations on Day 1 and 2?


3. FAQ: Who can I hear talking about physical security documents, as well as digital ID?

Johnson Kengalu Oge, Chief Immigration Officer, Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration

Yimmy Korn-usa, Forensic Scientist and DeputySuperintendent, Royal Thai Police

4. FAQ: Is there fair representation from the public sector and academia?

Ott Sarv, Principal Advisor, Digital ID, Independant

Adam Chee, National University of Singapore, Chief, Smart Health Leadership Centre

Hannah Lim Yee Fen, Professor, Nanyang Technological University

Dilnesaw Israel, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor ,Prime Ministers Office, National ID Program – Ethiopia

5. FAQ: Digital Identity is the future! 

Of course. An unforgettable aspect of the conference.

We have sessions spanning roundtables, panel sessions, keynote addresses and presentations that cater for Identity and Access Management (IAM), Digital Onboarding, Decentralised ID and Blockchain, Digital Verification and Authentication, Digital ID and Biometrics in Travel, ID in Payments and E-Commerce, ID for Citizens, Contactless Biometrics.

6. FAQ: I work in Finance and Banking..

Here’s a snapshot of Banking industry experts who will be involved in panel sessions:

Nat Sakimura, Chairman, OpenID Foundation

Sugandhi Govil, VP, AML Compliance, Genesis

Gus Poston, CEO, Netbank

Jaebeom Kim, Digital ID, Telecommunications andTechnology Association (TTA)

Tickets and FREE Exhibition Passes are available at: Government attend free.

Identity Week Asia: Meet perfect-match investors and solutions

Identity Week Asia: Meet perfect-match investors and solutions

WS02, TOTM, Incode, iProov and Deloitte are among the official sponsors at Identity Week Asia, coming to the Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore on 6-7 September.

Join our exhibition to be in the eye-line of potential investors that can elevate your digital identity solution to the number #1 spot. Everyone you’ll meet on the exhibition floor, in our startup village and in the speaker lounge has been carefully chosen to represent the vast identity landscape, from streamlined biometric solutions, to IAM systems, on-boarding and data privacy.

Identity Week Asia 2022 is the critical meeting place to find your next business partner, and following the evolving trends within the industry, plenty more cross public-private sector partnerships will be forged to share interoperable IAM systems and databases.

Gain bonus FREE access to carefully crafted sessions, roundtables and seminars delivered by field experts in biometrics, digital identity, and physical security.

Never has the focus of identity been more about balancing seamless consumer experiences with our highest standard of secure, intuitive technology which is ever evolving!

Here’s a sneak preview of solution providers at Identity Week Asia, that are straddling both requirements of robust identity.

WSO2 – Title Sponsor

Founded in 2005, WSO2 enables thousands of enterprises to drive their digital transformation journeys – executing more than 18 trillion transactions and managing over 500 million identities annually. Customers choose a broad, integrated platform; approach to open source; and digital transformation methodology.

Deloitte – Diamond

Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and high-quality service to clients, delivering the insights they need to address their most complex business challenges. The aim is about starting things, not stopping them, and enabling the freedom to create while ensuring compliance of creativity.

iProov – Platinum

iProov creates digital trust by securely authenticating remote users with face biometric verification. iProov delivers its world-leading anti-spoofing technology, which is supported by 21 granted patents. Their customers include the US Department of Homeland Security, the UK Home Office, GovTech Singapore, ING and Rabobank.

Jura JSP – Gold

Jura JSP has built a global brand name as a reputed supplier of the security printing market, offering ID document personalisation. Jura is the global pioneer in supplying security solutions against photo-replacement on ID documents. Jura’s technology encodes invisible personal data into the portrait, directly linking the photograph both to the document holder and the document itself.

Diletta ID-Systems – Exhibitor

For more than five decades with over 40,000 installations in more than 150 countries, DILETTA has been engaged in producing identity products and security systems for governments and other national institutions. DILETTA offers complete systems for centralised and decentralised personalisation of high security travel documents which support safety criteria, contactless chip technology and machine readable features.

To secure your patch on the exhibition floor at the show, please email Janine Bill ( 

Free exhibition and keynote session passes are available here:

UK refreshes legal migration and border control policy

UK refreshes legal migration and border control policy

The UK’s new plan for immigration, legal migration and border control, as set out by Home Secretary, Priti Patel, this week, envisions a point-based migration system for legitimate citizens returning or travelling to the UK while maintaining a welcoming attitude towards foreign workers to boost Britain’s economy.

The Government ended free movement into the UK in December 2020 to tackle rising numbers of refugees into Britain, asylum seekers and those travelling to the UK illegally. In place of free, insecure travel, the UK has adopted a global points-based immigration system to consider applications to be in the UK based on a fair, firm and skills-led approach.

One reason for this assessment is to manage migration trends of masses of people making the often perilous journey to the UK and compromising security.

The system works in the interests of the people of the United Kingdom and ensures a democratic hold of issues related to immigration, however, also supports talent from overseas to help build Britain back better, support economic recovery from the pandemic and resolve short term supply challenges.

Whereas the New Plan for Immigration can be forgiven for taking a hardline approach to hot issues, The Government’s Plan for Growth measures is a separate set of proposals by the government which consider the way in which the UK can still attract valuable and eligible workers with transcendable skills to live and work in the UK.

These aims were originally published in a statement released in 2021 which proposed a programme for 2021 and 2022. As well as improving safe borders, the Government also intends to enhance the user experience of digital processes to verify identities in order to create smoother journeys for valid travellers into the UK.

In this statement, Priti Patel announced, “We will also be improving the user experience by implementing digital solutions, removing paper from the process and reducing the need to attend application centres. This will lay the groundwork for the full transformation of the border and immigration system in the coming years”. The common theme between the statement by Priti Patel and the new plans for immigration is the Government’s emphasis on advancing digitalisation to streamline systems of verification.

While the new system described in the 36-page document will prioritise public protection, the UK’s attitude is more than about limiting and controlling unmanageable or even unwanted numbers of visitors. The Home Office stresses the transformation of a “fair and firm system” where people directly from regions of conflict and instability continue to be supported.

On January 31 last year, the Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) visa was implemented for Hong Kong citizens and since the conflict began in Ukraine, the UK has demonstrated it is a supportive ally of the war-torn country, welcoming 95,400 Ukrainian nationals to seek safety in the UK.

An increasing number are able to apply for refuge in the UK without needing to attend a Visa Application Centre in person. This has been a quick measure in response to the escalation and scale of the conflict to support the real humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

Since the UK’s final decision on stopping freedom of movement, over 182,000 skilled worker visas, 3,500 global talent visas and 466,000 student visas have been issued until the end of March 2022.

These principles ensure that UK citizens and others legally residing in the UK have confidence in the “effectiveness and efficiency of our system”.

Solutions to verify, identify and authenticate at Identity Week America 2022

Solutions to verify, identify and authenticate at Identity Week America 2022

Identity Week America is fast approaching to unite identity stakeholders across the U.S. towards a common goal of verifying, identifying and authenticating genuine citizens while strengthening the consumer trust relationship.

Are you an established solution provider or trying to elevate your business’ funding to be a big player in the identity ecosystem?

The event is the culmination of industry collaboration and advancements throughout the past 12 months, building advanced identity security to match the level of persistent threat to personal and global security and identity theft. Returning to the main keynote stage, Diane Sabatino will be giving an update on the U.S. border protection’s implementation of biometric photo matching systems to streamline passenger flows while ensuring high security capabilities.

Covering a broad spectrum of digital and physical ID topics, sessions are well suited to different stakeholders in the identity chain while enabling knowledge exchange across sectors to tackle global demands for secure services and data security.

We are delighted to be gathering a cross-section of identity innovators, including:

Jim Murphy, Director of Fraud, Celebrus, USA

Specialising in data-first innovation, Celebrus’s newest venture is to maintain unified session data while a visitor navigates between domains and sites under the same parent company. 

John Peters, Head, New Business, OVD Kinegram

A pioneer in hot-stamping foil production, OVD Kinegram is trusted by central banks in over 80 countries for its anti-counterfeiting foil KINEGRAM technology to increase the security of banknotes.

Tim Meyerhoff, Director, North America, IrisID

According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, iris recognition has 90-99% accuracy, with a growing number of law enforcement agencies recognising its value to identify offenders against national databases. Iris ID is a leader in iris identity authentication with the world’s most deployed iris recognition platform, irisAccess.

Don’t miss out on a multi-faceted networking experience to reassert your company’s goals to advance identity.

Sign up to receive daily news, updates and industry research underpinning important discussions at Identity Week America, taking place on 4-5 October in Washington D.C. Purchase your ticket here:

Flouting of passport rules to blame for systemic fraud

Flouting of passport rules to blame for systemic fraud

The systemic problem of fraud can be attributed to neglect overall of passport procedures, a study by the National Office for Identity Data has found.

The cost of fraud is staggering, not only financially which leaves businesses at a lose of 10% revenue from counterfeiting, but it also compromises personal and global security.

With printed and digitalised security documents becoming more readily accessible, the issue of stopping counterfeiting has become more complex. There are many loopholes for offenders to exploit and sophisticated means of obtaining legitimate documents for fraudulent use or producing convincing counterfeits.

The findings are revealing, suggesting that rules such as entering the correct data for requesting a passport and waiting the stipulated time to be issued a passport are not regularly observed and tend to promote criminal misuse.

State Secretary, Van Huffelen, wrote a powerful letter to Parliament, outlining the errors which facilitates fraud and explained the approach to preventing this crime and maintaining the integrity of Dutch passports and identity cards.

Between the years 2010 to 2019, 17 big municipalities were found to have flouted procedures for issuing passports in over 25% of cases. Out of 8.7 million checks by the RvIG, 2.4 million were handled entirely by one civil servant, reported by

The combined effort from many border control bodies and Government entities are taking a firm stand against counterfeiting in all its forms.

Federal and State laws in the U.S. recognise several types of identity document fraud, including legitimate identity documents that have been issued with a new name or subsequently altered with a new photo image, holder name, age or other descriptor.

HID Global and Hubert Curien Laboratory Launch Joint Research Endeavor for Secure Citizen Identity Documents

HID Global and Hubert Curien Laboratory Launch Joint Research Endeavor for Secure Citizen Identity Documents

HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, has announced a joint research laboratory with France-based Hubert Curien Laboratory, named the Lasers, Materials, and Colors for Citizen Identity Documents Laboratory, or LAMCID. The Hubert Curien Laboratory is a joint research unit of the Jean Monnet University, the National Research Centre and the Institut d’Optique Graduate School.

LAMCID will host experts from HID and Hubert Curien to conduct a variety of joint projects aimed to reduce counterfeit citizen identity documents. Research will explore new methods to improve image quality and integrate digital materials, processes, and treatments at industrial scale.

“In an increasingly digital world, securing the link between physical documents like passports and identification cards and their digital counterparts is paramount to reducing fraud amongst an increasing trend of counterfeiting,” says Natascha Trivisas, HID Global Director of Marketing Communications.

Key research initiatives and corresponding projects include:

  • The exploration of new materials, including the combination of chemical compositions and singular nanostructures to be implemented via thin-film shape and integrated into plastic maps
  • Optimization of laser processes to ensure quality reproducibility, such as a spatial resolution that is compatible with best-in-class standards and colors for each type of document material
  • The development of algorithms that can digitally reproduce images on different types of materials using lasers and inkless inscription
  • The creation of characterization and treatment tools that are appropriate for recognizing digital properties on developed materials

LAMCID’s mission with these ambitious projects is to generate technology that ensures the authenticity of documents needed to maintain and improve the security of citizens and governments . This cooperation encourages innovation within the security industry and generates opportunities to hire new talent who are graduates from the partner university.

For more information about HID Global’s Citizen Identity Solutions, visit the website.

IDW Europe: Felimy Greene of the Standard Chartered Bank talks to our editor

IDW Europe: Felimy Greene of the Standard Chartered Bank talks to our editor

Fresh off the stage at Identity Week Europe, we caught up with Felimy Green, COO at Standard Chartered Bank, to understand the importance of the consumer relationship and striking a balance between ensuring the convenience and ease of an “Amazon experience” and “safety and soundness”.

He continues to say that technology has enabled the path to convenience in one of most safe and regulated industries, however, an issue that still persists is accessibility where the World Bank estimates a billion people in the world still do not have a means of identity.


First keynote speaker announced for Identity Week America

First keynote speaker announced for Identity Week America

Diane Sabatino of The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has today been announced as the first keynote speaker at Identity Week America taking place in October, following her address at the London event last week.

Opening Day 1 of Identity Week Europe, Diane spoke about beginning to fulfil the “touchless experience” mandate set out in 2002 to introduce a biometric traveller verification service across ports of entry in the U.S.

The new border control system is a cloud-based facial biometric matching service which compares a live photo of the traveller to datasets of photographs collected from previous encounters or advanced on-boarding. Holdings are populated with advanced information from the traveller prior to or on arrival at airports.

To date, Diane quoted that 179 million travellers have been processed through U.S. airports using this biometric facial technology, allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to stop 153,000 overstayers and identify 15,000 imposters that present a security risk to international travel passing through the U.S.

Implemented across all border points, the biometric traveller verification service is demonstrating headway in how U.S. border protection agencies tackle illegitimate travel across the United States. The upcoming event in October promises to elaborate on further border security measures being enacted by The U.S. Border Control and Protection when regional stakeholders meet in Washington D.C.

Identity Week America returns from 4-5 October 2022, with the mission to accelerate the move towards a safe and secure world where trusted identity solutions enable governments, border agencies and commercial organisations to authenticate genuine human identities in real-time.

Join the rest of the U.S. identity ecosystem by following the link to register here:

Regional stakeholders to unite at Identity Week Asia: 6-7 September 2022

Regional stakeholders to unite at Identity Week Asia: 6-7 September 2022

Identity Week Europe may be over for another year (and haven’t we got the blues about it!) but the conversation around enhancing digitalisation of secure and seamless identity solutions never ceases to be relevant for social-economic development across the identity industry and beyond.

This September, Identity Week Asia held in Singapore will emulate the buzz of the exhibition floor in London, as regional stakeholders gather to trial new tech solutions to reach the market’s potential in the Asia-Pacific region.

With the region experiencing a surge in demand for digital identity solutions to serve developing economies, the addressable market continues to grow and become more engaged with the future of identity within Asia. Official figures suggest that the total addressable market cap will stand at $148.74 billion over 2020-2030.

Over two days, the conference will examine innovation in identity once more, allowing key stakeholders to explain their short and long-term ambitions to transform sectors and streamline single solutions for authentication and verification.

As regions differ in tackling unique identity problems, Identity Week Asia will be specifically targeted to challenges faced by the Asian ecosystem, in relation to threats to national security and efficient border control processes, public use of biometric technologies, secure banking, and the Government’s identity policies to help businesses and citizens.

Identity Week Asia is a multi-disciplined conference experience with over 40 sessions across four tracks.

Confirmed companies include: Continental AG, Incode, Totm Technologies, IATA, GovTech Singapore,  World Bank, Daon Technology, OpenID Foundation, Royal Thai Police, WSO2, ForgeRock, IProov, Okta, Deloitte, Flipkart, Reckitt, Google, The Prime Ministers office, Labour and Immigration, Open Identity Exchange, NUS, ShuttleOn, and many MORE!

They are all speaking about one event – IDENTITY WEEK ASIA!

Prices won’t be this low again so secure your place today:

Mastercard’s new study reveals lack of respect towards non-binary customers in financial services

Mastercard’s new study reveals lack of respect towards non-binary customers in financial services

All customers have the right to expect trust and respect over the use and handling of their personal data, however as a new study by Mastercard has revealed, non-binary individuals face discrimination in their financial experiences.

The damning results of the study show that while the finance and banking sector continues to enhance systems of on-boarding to collect new consumers, there is less consideration towards how personal data is safeguarded and treated. Only 68% of the transgender community have the correct ID featuring the name and gender they identity as and 19% of non-binary individuals have experienced prejudice when making payments in shops, presenting their ID or having to navigate intrusive questions.

The ‘True Name’ Initiative started by Mastercard in the U.S. in 2019 has in pleasant contrast to other financial services, acted upon calls from the LGBTQ+ community to allow these customers to change and use their true identifiers on cards without legally having to change their name and gender.

The recent research is backed up by previous findings in January of this year which concluded that nearly 50% of transgender or non-binary people feel anxiety, embarrassment and frustration when using their formal ID that doesn’t reflect their gender marker.

The True Name campaign allows customers to easily transition to being their true gender or identity when making payments and running errands in everyday life, as well as to avoid the expensive, time-consuming process of legally changing their gender.

Jennifer Douglas, Head of North American Retail and Small Business Payments at BMO says: “Helping customers make real financial progress is important, and that starts with providing safe and accessible banking to our customers by removing  barriers to inclusion”.

More U.S. banks have followed suit including Citibank, Marqeta, and The Republic Bank to support simplified on-boarding of these individuals, using the name and gender they identity as.

During this Pride month, Mastercard also launched The Belle Block program, an industry group to encourage women and non-binary individuals to use Web 3.0 technology and cryptocurrency.


Diletta and Landqart Enter Cooperation Agreement

Diletta and Landqart Enter Cooperation Agreement

Diletta Maschinentechnik GmbH and Landqart AG have announced that they have entered into a Cooperation Agreement to jointly explore and develop business opportunities in the area of passports and other security documents.

This agreement comes about as a result of the natural synergies that have been identified between Diletta’s document personalisation systems and Landqart’s composite substrate for passports and related documents, Durasafe TRAVEL.

The combination of state of the art personalisation techniques, security features, and resilient substrate offered by the two firms represent formidable opportunity for upgrading machine readable passports to cutting edge specifications, without the need to make wholesale changes to the way passport books are manufactured and personalised.

For more than five decades with over 40,000 installations in more than 150 countries, Diletta has been engaged in producing identity products and security systems for governments and other national institutions.

Diletta offers complete systems for centralised and decentralised personalisation of high security travel documents which support safety criteria, contactless chip technology and machine readable features. Diletta systems are designed, engineered, and made in Germany, using state-of-the-art technology, and incorporate wide range of security features.

Landqart AG, based in the heart of the Swiss Alps, is a world-leading, highly innovative manufacturer of substrates for banknotes, passports, and other security documents that are supplied to some 50 countries around the world. Landqart is the inventor of Durasafe®, the world’s most advanced substrate for secure documents. A composite of paper and polymer, two outer layers of security paper are fused together with a central core of transparent polymer, bringing greater security and durability to the documents that are printed on it.

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The Republic of Benin entrusts a Swiss company with the development of a solution for monitoring the obligations applied to all vehicles running in the country.

The Republic of Benin entrusts a Swiss company with the development of a solution for monitoring the obligations applied to all vehicles running in the country.

Designed by Swiss Authentis S.A. at the request of the Authorities of Benin, the solution includes a powerful IT platform, secure identification tags and terminals for law enforcement. The Police will thus be able to instantly check the compliance of vehicles and issue and monitor tickets.

Aiming at significantly reducing the hassle suffered by road users, this information system is able to monitor the validity of administrative documents and the status of vehicles on the road without immobilizing motorists in good standing. Jointly operated by several administrations and law enforcement agencies (Republican Police, National Agency for Land Transport, General Directorate of Taxes, National Center for Road Safety, etc.), this solution contributes to the modernization of the Government processes and illustrates the efforts made by the country in regards to digitalization and e-governance.

On 29 April 2022, the Benin Authorities received the first part of the solution to be deployed.

Guillaume CHAIZE, CEO of Swiss Authentis, declared: “Our best Analysts and Developers have been mobilized to deliver a result that lives up to the confidence shown by the Authorities of Benin. The result meets the technical expectations of the Benin Information Services and Systems Agency. The “Sécuroute” (SafeRoad) solution will benefit both the users and the Government and will contribute to the good governance set by the Authorities”.

About Swiss Authentis

Based in the region of Geneva, Swiss Authentis is an independent supplier of technologies in the field of document security, product authentication, traceability and dematerialization. Swiss Authentis offers its tailored analysis and development services to Institutions and the private sector. Its robust electronic platforms and portals facilitate the issuance of secure documents, combat counterfeiting, ensure the traceability of assets and streamline processes.

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IDEX Biometrics selected for digital currency solution

IDEX Biometrics selected for digital currency solution

 IDEX Biometrics ASA, a leading provider of advanced fingerprint identification and authentication solutions for card-based solutions, announced today that Union Smart Card Co., Ltd. (Union Smart), of Shenzhen, China, is utilizing the company’s fingerprint authentication solution to secure the Cold Wallet Visual Payment Card. Union Smart has developed this “cold wallet” card solution in collaboration with six major banks for use in implementation of China’s Digital Currency/Electronic Payment (DC/EP) initiative.

Union Smart has leveraged its patented cold sealing card manufacturing technology to develop a payment card that includes Bluetooth and NFC connectivity, expanded storage, a display, and a keypad, in addition to IDEX Biometrics’ authentication solution. This innovative device represents a complete card-based solution for supporting payments using digital currency.

China has a stated goal to be the leading major economy to displace traditional, central bank backed hard currency with digital currency. To that end, China will be showcasing initial deployments of both card-based and phone-based digital wallets during the Beijing Winter Olympics in February 2022.

The Cold Wallet Visual Payment Card and similar cold wallet devices offer a secure and convenient alternative to mobile wallets on smartphones and will also bring digital currency solutions to the portion of the Chinese population without banking relationships or mobile phones. “The central bank intends to provide inclusive, easy-to-use, digital central bank currency for all people, and this product will be particularly effective in serving the needs of those in rural areas and underserved groups,” said Jiang Kai, Chief Executive Officer of Union Smart. “Our new Cold Wallet Visual Payment Card is the most complete and easy-to-use cold wallet solution available.”

Vince Graziani, Chief Executive Officer of IDEX Biometrics, stated, “IDEX Biometrics’ authentication solutions are the natural choice for card-based digital currency applications.  We are pleased to be partnered with Union Smart in the development of this device, which should expand secure and convenient access to the DC/EP initiative across China.”

CBP releases July 2021 operational update

CBP releases July 2021 operational update

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today released operational statistics for July 2021, which can be viewed online here.

“In July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection played an important role in our nation’s ongoing economic rebound, facilitating a continued growth of legitimate travel and trade, while protecting consumers and our country’s agriculture. Commercial trucks this fiscal year are transiting through our ports of entry at higher numbers than they did in Fiscal Year 2019, while passenger vehicle, pedestrian travel, and air travel numbers are bouncing back from a comparable period in 2020 affected by the pandemic,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller.

“CBP continues to take necessary measures to safely manage the Southwest Border and protect the health of communities, personnel, and migrants themselves. The vast majority of single adults and many families continue to be expelled under the CDC’s Title 42 authority, and those who cannot be expelled under Title 42 and do not have a legal basis to remain are placed in expedited removal proceedings. CBP has also adapted to changing dynamics between ports of entry along the Southwest Border, continuing to take steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by expelling roughly half of those encountered under CDC’s Title 42 public health authority.”

CBP Enforcement Numbers for July 2021

The large number of expulsions during the pandemic has contributed to a larger-than-usual number of migrants making multiple border crossing attempts, which means that total encounters somewhat overstate the number of unique individuals arriving at the border.

  • The number of unique encounters in July 2021 was 154,288.
  • In total, there were 212,672 encounters along the Southwest Border, 27 percent of which involved individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average one-year re-encounter rate of 14 percent for Fiscal Years 2014-2019.
  • A majority (52 percent) of encounters continue to be single adults, with 110,443 encounters in July, a 6 percent decrease from June.
  • 95,788 encounters, more than 45 percent of the total, were processed for expulsion under Title 42. 116,884 encounters were processed under Title 8.
    • 85,563 encounters involving single adults (78 percent) were processed for expulsion under Title 42, with 24,880 processed under Title 8.
    • 9,948 encounters involving family unit individuals (12 percent) were processed for expulsion under Title 42, with 73,018 processed under Title 8.
  • A total of 845,307 unique individuals have been encountered year-to-date during Fiscal Year 2021, compared to 796,400 during the same time period in Fiscal Year 2019.
  • So far in Fiscal Year 2021, U.S. Border Patrol agents along the Southwest Border have placed more than 60,500 migrants who cannot be expelled under Title 42 in Expedited Removal proceedings.
  • To address recidivism, in July CBP began a Repeat Offender initiative, under which single adults who have previously been apprehended and deported under Title 8 are referred for prosecution.

Unaccompanied Children

  • Encounters of unaccompanied children increased 24 percent, with 18,962 encounters in July compared with 15,234 in June. In July, the average number of unaccompanied children in CBP custody was 1,363 per day, compared with an average of 794 per day in June.

Family Unit individuals

  • Encounters of family unit individuals increased by 49 percent from 55,839 in June to 82,966 in July—still below the peak of 88,587 encounters in May 2019.  The number of encounters with family unit individuals so far this fiscal year (328,121) remains below the number of encounters at the same point in Fiscal Year 2019 (474,545).

International Travel and Trade

One of CBP’s core mission objectives is to enhance the nation’s economic prosperity, including through the facilitation of lawful trade and travel. CBP’s role is vital to America’s economic rebound from the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. CBP continues to protect America’s national and economic security by facilitating legitimate trade while rigorously enforcing U.S. customs laws and regulations. While CBP’s trade and travel numbers have not entirely returned to pre-pandemic levels, they have increased significantly in recent months. For commercial trucks, CBP has processed a higher overall number so far this fiscal year compared to the same period in Fiscal Year 2019.


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As international travel begins to rebound toward pre-pandemic levels, CBP also anticipates an increase in border wait times. To ensure a smooth, more efficient inspection process, travelers should:

  • Acquire a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) document and/or apply for a trusted traveler program.
  • Use the CBP OneTM mobile application, an intuitive single point of entry for travelers and stakeholders to access CBP mobile applications and services, including obtaining proof of their electronic I-94 form on their mobile device.

CBP encourages Visa Waiver Program travelers seeking to obtain an approved ESTA to take advantage of the time savings offered by using CBP OneTM or the CBP I-94 website. With an ESTA, these travelers can apply for their I-94 in advance of arrival and avoid filling out the Form I-94W at a port of entry.

Facial Biometrics

One of the most important ways that CBP is transforming international travel is through using facial biometrics to create a safe and seamless travel experience for all passengers. Through programs such as Simplified Arrival, CBP is using biometric facial comparison technology to meet the Congressional mandate while further securing and streamlining lawful travel. Please see more here.

  • To date, more than 88 million travelers have participated in the biometric facial comparison process at air, land, and seaports of entry.
  • Since September 2018, CBP has leveraged facial biometrics to prevent more than 870 imposters from illegally entering the United States by using genuine travel documents that were issued to other people.

Trade Stats/Seizures – Protecting the American Consumer

In Fiscal Year 2021 to date, CBP has processed approximately $2.3 trillion of imports, an increase of nearly 14 percent compared to the same period in Fiscal Year 2020. CBP has also seized 63,200 shipments for trade violations in the current fiscal year. In July alone, CBP processed more than 3.2 million entry summaries valued at more than $248 billion, identifying estimated duties of nearly $8 billion to be collected by the U.S. government.  Trade via the ocean accounted for more than 40 percent of the total import value, followed by air, truck, and rail.

  • Intellectual property rights violations continue to put America’s innovation economy at risk. Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods threatens the competitiveness of U.S. businesses, the livelihoods of American workers, and the health and safety of consumers.
    • In July 2021, CBP seized 2,564 shipments that contained $395,533,125 million of counterfeit goods, including counterfeit Apple AirPods and auto parts, and critical personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and first responders.

Forced Labor Enforcement

CBP continues to aggressively investigate and prevent goods made by forced labor from entering U.S. commerce.  Forced labor is a form of modern-day slavery that violates international labor standards and universal human rights.

  • CBP has issued seven Withhold Release Orders in Fiscal Year 2021 to protect American consumers and businesses from goods made by forced labor.  Those orders target cotton products and tomato products from China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region; silica-based products made by a company that operates in Xinjiang; palm oil from a Malaysian company; and tuna and other seafood harvested by a Chinese fishing fleet, a Taiwan-flagged fishing vessel, and a Fijian-flagged fishing vessel.
  • In Fiscal Year 2021 to date, CBP has detained 967 shipments that contained approximately $367 million of goods suspected to be made by forced labor. The United States will not tolerate forced labor in our supply chains and stands against cruel and inhumane labor practices.

Drug Seizures

CBP officers, Border Patrol agents, and Air and Marine Operations agents continue to interdict the flow of illicit narcotics across the border. Nationwide, drug seizures were up 10 percent in July, a reflection of CBP’s commitment to protecting the people and economy of the United States.  Seizures were as follows:

  • Cocaine seizures increased 91 percent;
  • Methamphetamine seizures increased 20 percent;
  • Heroin seizures decreased 17 percent;
  • Fentanyl seizures decreased 22 percent.

Additional CBP drug seizure statistics can be found here.

Agriculture Stats/Seizures – Securing American Agriculture

In July 2021, CBP agriculture specialists helped protect America’s agriculture, natural resources, and economic prosperity.

  • 5,699 emergency action notifications issued for restricted and prohibited plant and animal products entering the United States.
  • 65,633 positive passenger inspections conducted, and 575 civil penalties and/or violations issued to the traveling public for failing to declare.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed African swine fever (ASF) in samples collected from pigs in the Dominican Republic through an existing cooperative surveillance program.

In response, CBP’s officers and agriculture specialists took steps to prevent the introduction of the ASF virus into the United States by increasing inspections of flights from the Dominican Republic and ensuring that garbage from these airplanes is properly disposed of.

Also last month, CBP’s Laredo Field Office confirmed three first-in-the-nation pest interdictions.

  • Cyclocephala forcipulata (a type of scarab beetle)
  • Alampyris fuliginea (a type of longhorn beetle)
  • Eburia nigrovittata (a type of longhorn beetle)

If introduced into the United States, these non-native pests could cause irreparable harm to American agriculture and the timber industry.

Heroic Acts

CBP officers and Border Patrol agents have displayed acts of heroism both at work and off duty.

  • Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents rescued approximately 30 individuals in the month of July. In Tucson, AZ, a Black Hawk crew hoist-extracted a man from the rugged terrain of the Baboquivari Mountains.
  • On July 19, 2021, an off-duty Border Patrol agent apprehended a man who was wielding a knife toward civilians in downtown San Diego.
  •  On July 25, 2021, an off-duty Border Patrol agent from the El Centro Sector successfully stopped a carjacking in progress in Westmorland, CA.
  • On July 31, 2021, an off-duty Border Patrol agent pulled a man from a burning vehicle before the vehicle exploded and was engulfed in flames.

CBP COVID-19 Response

The safety of our workforce, our communities, and individuals in our care is a top priority.  CBP personnel put themselves and their families at risk with every encounter with the public. Since the start of the pandemic:

  • More than 9,800 CBP employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 35 have passed away, two in the last month.

CBP continues to explore adjustments to workforce posture and health protocols based on widespread vaccine access and easing public health metrics:

  • CBP provides migrants who can’t be expelled under Title 42 or are awaiting processing with PPE from the moment they are taken into custody, and migrants are required to keep masks on at all times.
  • CBP works with appropriate agencies that facilitate testing, diagnosis, isolation, and treatment of migrants, including:
    • Local governments and non-governmental organizations for persons released from CBP custody;
    • DHS and ICE for testing of persons to be released from CBP custody, particularly in locations without local government or NGO testing capability; and,
    • HHS for testing of unaccompanied children.
  • DHS has developed a partnership model to test and isolate families who test positive for COVID-19, and reimburse 100 percent of the cost, provided that the state does not stand in the way.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.