Infineon delivers e-passport security for quantum computer era

Infineon delivers e-passport security for quantum computer era

For the first time, Infineon Technologies AG are presenting a quantum-resistant e-passport that uses its security controller technology to encrypt biometric data stored in passports during authentication.

A release stated: “Today we are launching the encryption procedures which will be needed to repel quantum computer attacks of tomorrow”.

The passport is being launched under a shared research project “PoQuID” led by Fraunhofer AISEC with the German Federal Printing Office.

Maurizio Skerlj, Vice President at Infineon commented: “The heart of the demonstrator is a security controller from Infineon which protects data from both conventional attacks and attacks that use quantum computers”.

Dr Manfred Paeschke, Chief Visionary Officer at Bundesdruckerei GmbH followed his remarks by adding that their collaborative solution can protect physical documents from the unwanted advances of quantum computing while ensuring interoperability with existing infrastructure and compliance with standardisation.

The prototype is made from the cryptographic methods Dilithium and Kyber, which the US national standardisation institute NIST opted for in July 2022.

While ensuring biometric data is securely protected during authentication, it also facilitated touchless movement through border terminals, transferring data seamlessly between the secure document and the airport scanner to confirm passenger identity.

The solution leverages the quantum-secure iteration of the Extended Access Control (EAC) protocol.

Infineon Technologies AG is a sponsor of Identity Week Europe 2023, which is moving to the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam. Book your place now to join us on 13-14 June. 

IDEMIA’s LASINK™ security features for identity documents

IDEMIA’s LASINK™ security features for identity documents


Guest article provided by IDEMIA.

We caught up with Thomas Poreaux, Head of ID Document Products at IDEMIA, to find out more about their security features and their innovations for identity documents.

Could you tell us about IDEMIA’s LASINK™ technology? How is IDEMIA contributing to the security of identity documents?

Document fraud has a history of evolving rapidly, despite the tremendous prevention measures that are continually being enforced by issuing authorities and document manufacturers. Part of this is because fraudsters have access to sophisticated equipment and materials that allow them to create seemingly authentic ID documents.

An ID document’s portrait is the crucial link between the credential and the person claiming to be the bearer. So, when it comes to authenticating an ID document, the focus is always on the main portrait, and this is precisely why it is a target for fraudsters.

At IDEMIA, we strive to stay one step ahead of fraudsters. For our cutting-edge ID documents, we use a polycarbonate material that makes the documents robust and durable. The polycarbonate build-up is made up of layers of plastic materials that overlap and intertwine. Separating the layers is impossible because they are fused together under immense pressure at a high temperature.

In addition to that, we use an exclusive personalisation technique with our LASINK™ Origin solution, to securely laser engrave primary colour portraits directly into the inner layers of the polycarbonate structure. As polycarbonate cannot be delaminated, it is nearly impossible for fraudsters to falsify the portrait without destroying the card completely. IDEMIA’s personalisation technique is a secret and therefore prevents the use of stolen blank documents, as they cannot be properly personalised without our software.

IDEMIA’s LASINK™ family is made up of LASINK™ Origin for primary colour portraits and LASINK™ Helios and LASINK™ 3D for secondary portraits.

Today, LASINK™ Origin is the most popular and commonly used technology to laser engrave colour portraits into ID documents. Currently, there are 20 million ID documents in circulation worldwide, notably in Morocco, Costa Rica, Colombia, Estonia, Latvia and others that incorporate IDEMIA’s LASINK™ technology. By 2025, it will be approximately 60 million.

How can the security of identity documents be enhanced to counteract the threat of counterfeiting?

As I mentioned previously, the primary portrait is the most attacked feature on an ID document. LASINK™ Origin is as close as you can get to a tamper-proof solution to protect the portrait.

Another element that makes LASINK™ so unique is that a high level of expertise is necessary for the accurate implementation of this technology:

· During the manufacturing process, a special colour matrix, made up of thin lines, is printed on a layer of the blank polycarbonate document. Right now, there is no other printing technology (inkjet, dye sublimation, retransfer, standard laser etc.) that is able to reproduce LASINK’s™ pattern.

· The bearer’s colour photograph is processed by the LASINK™ Image Generator to create a grayscale view of the portrait.

· A high-definition laser engraver personalises the grayscale portrait with the exact registration of the colour matrix, revealing the colour portrait at the core of the polycarbonate document.

Also, greater security can be achieved if you facilitate document authentication for everyone: experts and non-experts. Colour portraits generated by LASINK™ are easier to authenticate, as flesh tones are better perceived by the human eye than grayscale hues.

Furthermore, the structure of LASINK™ generates a unique moiré effect when viewed through a dedicated lens that cannot be imitated with any other colour portrait technologies. And finally, for forensic examination, we included specific security features than can be authenticated using a microscope.

What will be the role of physical ID documents in the future?

Merging physical and digital, what is known as ‘phygital’, is today’s reality. A secure, foolproof digital ID is often derived from a physical ID. Therefore, it is fundamental that the physical ID document is up-to-date, modern and as secure as possible. An ID needs to provide the same level of trust and confidence in the digital world as it does in the physical world―it is official proof that a person is who they claim to be. A trusted physical document is a solid basis from which a secure digital identity is often created.

To help with verification, IDEMIA’s ID documents are developed for Optical Machine Authentication to enable secure, reliable, and fast authentication with maximum convenience. In recent years, we have seen a significant increase in the use of digital services, which means that the number of use cases where an individual’s identity document needs to be verified is also rising. For example, when someone wants to open an online bank account, it is mandatory by law to verify the applicant’s identity. This is why we have developed pioneering technology that automates the authentication of LASINK™ security features. All you have to do is scan the ID document using a scanner or a smartphone, and the software will tell you instantly if it is genuine or not.

Veridos launches new security features for transparent windows on ID cards and passport data pages

Veridos launches new security features for transparent windows on ID cards and passport data pages

Veridos, the global provider of integrated identity solutions, is set to unveil its innovative new security features specifically targeting the transparent window areas on ID documents: Amber ID, Diamond ID and Spectre ID.

While the trend in recent years has been to use transparent elements on polycarbonate ID documents, Veridos aims to further enhance these security features by adding more complexity. The goal is to produce documents that are easy to verify and at the same time difficult to duplicate. With the aim of protecting ID documents against counterfeiting, Amber ID, Diamond ID and Spectre ID are the latest in a long list of new techniques and technologies developed by Veridos in the field of document security.

Amber ID appears as a metallic, optically variable window with a positive-brilliant photo of the document owner. When backlit, the window with the motif becomes almost transparent, while in front light it looks like a golden metal leaf that turns green depending on the viewing angle. As the pigments are integrated and not printed, it is the ideal solution for a brilliant personalsation in a transparent window.

The Diamond ID feature helps to unambiguously verify questionable documents. It is fully transparent in day light, while it glows brilliant white under UV light in synergies with laser engraving, thanks to special smart colour technology developed in collaboration with C.S.T (Crime Science Technology).

Spectre ID, on the other hand, is a further development of Veridos’ well-known Magic ID feature, which sets static images in motion. When the card is tilted, the images appear to move. Thanks to Spectre ID, this effect can now also be applied to the transparent window areas of cards and data pages in combination with the repeated holder’s image.

As the latest generation of transparent security elements, the new functions embody an evolution for ID documents. A modular system makes it possible to combine these functions. This also applies to Veridos’ “Look ID” feature, the transparent stripe, spanning the entire data page, which is used in the current passport of Latvia for example.

Thanks to the variety of options for securing transparent windows and the built-in technologies, document forgery becomes more difficult and it’s detection more easy. Furthermore, Veridos’ use of polycarbonate ensures complete fusion of the plastic layers in each card, making it very difficult to manipulate materials or security attributes without leaving visible traces.

“With our new security features, we are armed with a whole range of countermeasures to address the threat of counterfeit identity documents,” explains Andreas Kuba, Global Vice President Identity Documents at Veridos. “In that way, we are helping to limit identity theft and also responding to the market demand for innovative security features for transparent elements of polycarbonate ID cards and passport data pages. In addition to pioneering new technologies for forgery-proof documents, we are focusing on their quick and easy implementation.”

Amber ID

Amber ID appears as a metallic POI window with a positive-brilliant photo of the document owner. ​

The Diamond ID feature helps to unambiguously verify questionable documents.

(Images: Veridos)

Fabrice Jogand-Coulomb, Director, Identity Products, HID Global

Fabrice Jogand-Coulomb, Director, Identity Products, HID Global

We caught up with Fabrice Jogand-Coulomb, Director, Identity Products at HID Global, to discuss the advantages of digital ID and transformation for a prosperous economy, how it is shaping government and the consumer user experience as well as whether a collaborative approach to digital ID is needed whereby solutions from different vendors can be better integrated. The discussion turned to the topic of interoperability and developing standards, technical specifications and operational aspects around the provision of digital identity. 

IN Groupe introduces Photometrix™ offline cardholder portrait verification, a solution already implemented for Togo healthcare program

IN Groupe introduces Photometrix™ offline cardholder portrait verification, a solution already implemented for Togo healthcare program

IN Groupe is proud to launch Photometrix™, a Surys branded solution, that allows verifying offline the portrait printed on a card with a simple smartphone. The solution, adopted in Togo, sets up an example for all countries needing to add security to their healthcare card program while allowing scalability and ease of use.

The Covid crisis has led many governments worldwide to reorganise their healthcare systems in order to reinforce their services to their citizens. However, these programs may be subject to ID fraud, leading healthcare departments to look for a secure, yet budget efficient, solution. IN Groupe is now announcing a new deployment of Photometrix™, a Surys branded solution, which significantly increases the security level of healthcare cards, while keeping issuance and infrastructure costs under control.

Governments need a trusted identity system for their healthcare needs: they not only have to ensure beneficiaries receive the healthcare services they are entitled to, but also to reduce fraud that could occur from misusing healthcare cards. In most cases, governments build upon an existing health beneficiaries database, including photos, and issue plastic cards without chips.

The solution consists in adding on each card a 2D-barcode printed around the picture. Personalisation phase remains unchanged as Photometrix™ code can be printed with any commercial card printer without requiring additional hardware investment. Then, verifying that a printed photo has not been tampered with is made easy as it can be performed offline with any smartphone: the phone will just need a camera to read the picture and its 2D barcode and will be able to verify offline that the photo has not been altered thanks to a dedicated application. There is no need to read or store any additional data making the system GDPR compliant per se. As it does not require extra personalisation equipment, the Photometrix™ solution is easy to implement, cost-effective and scalable.

In a world evolving towards phygital, the combination of physical and digital environments, Photometrix™ is also adapted to dematerialised cards. Issuing a virtual healthcare card, including a photo and a 2D barcode, can be completed along the same rails as traditional card issuance.

Verification is executed in the same manner, reading the portrait surrounded by the 2D barcode with a smartphone running a dedicated app offline.

In Togo, the INAM (National Healthcare Insurance Institute), in charge of the healthcare insurance program was originally created to organise health insurance of public employees in Togo, with the goal to broaden coverage to the entire population while extending security.

From October 2021, a law has been voted in order to extend this first healthcare coverage experience to all residents in Togo. In parallel, a new state agency was created with the aim to identify the whole population. INAM will have access to this resource from early 2023.

INAM has selected our Photometrix™ solution to implement this national program, which ensures that the healthcare card that was issued by INAM and is not a forged one, that the card holder is the right person and that there is no ID substitution in order to deliver health services and benefits.

This solution is suitable to Togo as it is not limited to a physical secure card, it also provides a digital version of Healthcare ID card and a smartphone app. The smartphone performs an offline control, what is fundamental due to lack of infrastructure in some Togolese regions and allows health stakeholders equipped with a dedicated smartphone to check the validity of rights. Digital ID is also a key factor as it will allow putting in place a robust system to maintain individuals’ benefits up-to-date and keeping alive a sustainable national program.

Mr. Winga, Head of Affiliation & Collection Department INAM Togo, declares: “As our mission is to provide access to a trusted healthcare solution to a large number of beneficiaries, we need to ensure that we detect attempts of fraud and ensure no one receives our services illegally while updating those rights. The Photometrix™ technology allows us to achieve this goal, while keeping our costs under control, as we personalize cards on standard equipment and portrait security can be verified with any smartphone.”

The Photometrix™ solution, along with all parts of IN Groupe offer for governments, businesses and professionals, will be presented on IN Groupe booth 5.2 D 035 during Trustech, a global event for innovative payments and identification solutions, taking place in Paris, Porte de Versailles, on November 29 – December 1st, 2022.

Photometrix benefits from the world leading expertise of Surys, the leading brand in optical technology, providing anti-counterfeiting solutions. Surys technologies ensure that identity documents, banknotes and fiduciary documents are easy to authenticate and hard to counterfeit and already adopted by over 130 countries alongside renowned major corporations.

Veridos and INCM deliver next generation of modern ePassports to Latvia

Veridos and INCM deliver next generation of modern ePassports to Latvia

Veridos, a leading global provider of identity solutions, will deliver 1.25 million latest-generation ePassports to Latvia in cooperation with the Portuguese state printer INCM. In addition to the documents, the order from the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (OCMA) also includes a central personalization system, as well as service and maintenance over a five-year period.

This latest project extends a long-standing partnership between Latvia and Veridos, dating back to 1991. The bid to deliver 1.25 million electronic passports submitted by Veridos, the joint German venture between Giesecke+Devrient and the Bundesdruckerei, and INCM, the Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office, beat the competition on both quality and price. Thanks to the use of CLIP-ID color personalization on polycarbonate data pages, the passports boast exceptionally high color fidelity and simplify visual verification. Latvia is the latest in a growing number of countries to use Veridos’ ultra-modern technology to enable its citizens to travel comfortably and securely.

Awarding the contract to the lead company Veridos and its partner INCM will enable technologically-advanced Latvia to benefit from the highest security standards and innovation levels in the field of electronic ID documents. The country is thus following the international trend of using color photos on polycarbonate pages. Veridos has once again opted for a solution from IAI for the personalization equipment used on site. This unique color solution has been successfully deployed in other regions.

“Latvia and Veridos have a close and long-standing partnership, so we are very pleased that we will be able to continue to work together in the future and provide real added value to citizens via our solutions,” says Marc-Julian Siewert, CEO of Veridos. “We are proud to have such a technologically advanced country as a partner. This partnership also demonstrates that our products are truly state-of-the-art and competitively priced.” ​

(Image: Youril)

CBP halts use of passport stamps

CBP halts use of passport stamps

Customs and Border Protection is no longer issuing entry stamps on passports for foreign travellers entering the U.S., in an effort to further facilitate “borderless”, streamlined travel. The policy will be implemented at other ports of entry across the U.S.

Previously passport stamps have been utilised to manage border entry into the U.S. as well as mandatory document checks, such as visa, and the I-94 system.

Once this process was digitalised to electronic versions of 1-94, the stamp was the only physical security feature used in the traveller entry process. The physical ID process will be fully changed to provide passengers with an electronic 1-94.

The stamp has advantages to pinpoint the exact time of a traveller’s arrival in the U.S, the port of entry they used, class of entry and permitted length of stay.

While the CBP plans a complete transition to the use of the electronic 1-94, which will see the demise of stamps, currently the law states that genuine foreign passports affixed with the entry stamp are valid to be used as proof of identity and employment status. The entry passport stamp has duel value for federal and state agencies too tin determining what benefits foreign employees are entitled to, not only as a proof of identification.





ID Week Europe 2023: First 50 speaker drop!

ID Week Europe 2023: First 50 speaker drop!

Each year we gather a stellar line-up of identity thought leaders, many with decades of experience in the industry, to pave the future for faster and more seamless identity services.

Our sessions, including panels, keynotes, roundtables and presentations, are designed to share road-tested insights, ideas and expertise. So we’re thrilled to announce the first 50 names taking to the iconic stages at Identity Week Europe 2023.

In a brand-new bigger venue, we will be welcoming over 3,000 attendees. Celebrate our move to Amsterdam now with 60% off tickets, and as ever, we offer free access for government and public sector individuals, plus for the first time, finance and banking professionals can too!

Build those essential business relationships face-to-face and eliminate email exhaustion as Identity Week is the number #1 event for premium networking experiences that lead to fruitful partnerships and use studies across Europe.

250 strong, the Identity Week Europe exhibition is our global flagship showcase of cutting-edge tech solutions to authenticating human identity. Whether via a secure credential, biometric, or online/digital identity solution.

Exclusive to premium ticket holders, access in-depth roundtables and engage in dynamic, intimate discussions led by some of the brightest minds in identity.

Following the huge success of our start-up village in 2022, we’re upgrading to a start-up city complete with 100 innovative start-ups working in the identity space. Meet the teams behind the future of identity.

Lastly, at the end of Day 1, our expo floor transforms into a swish hosting space to hold the networking party to end all other networking parties! Enjoy live entertainment, drinks – here’s another chance to make great connections!

Join the event to hear these speakers and many more on 13-14 June 2023 at the RAI Exhibition Centre.

Alison McDowell, Co-founder and Director, Beruku Identity

Andreas Wolf, Principal Scientist Biometrics, Bundesdruckerei GmbH

Arif Mamedov. President and CEO, Regula Forensics Inc.

Asmae Lotfi, Product Owner Customer Identity Domain, KLM

Catherine Fankhauser, Director of Identity Security Solutions, SICPA

Christoffer Bonn, CTO, Finnish Immigration Service

Claire Maslen, CMO, Consult Hyperion

Danielle Haasjes-Versluijs, Document Expert, Ministry of Justice and Security, Netherlands Government

David Palmer, Blockchain Lead, Vodafone Business

Dominic Wolbers, Document Expert, Ministry of Justice and Security, Netherlands Government

Gabriel Marquie, Senior Manager Digital Identity, IATA

Gian Battista, Head of Payments, Intesa Sanpaolo

Henk Marsman, Digital Identity Thinker

Ivan Djordjevic, Principal Security Advisor, Salesforce

Louise Cole, Head of Customer Experience and Facilitation, IATA

Martin Sandren, Product Leader, IKEA

Michiel van der Veen, Director of Innovation, RvIG

Tony Allen, CEO, ACCS

Vincent Gourmelen, Government Marketing Director, Linxens

View the rest of this incredible line-up here

British Airways trials face biometrics, physical passports are secondary ID

British Airways trials face biometrics, physical passports are secondary ID

The UK’s number #1 trusted airline, British Airways has begun a pilot trial of facial biometric systems, making physical passports a secondary ID requirement.

Physical documents are expected to continue being used in years to come as proof of identity, while coinciding with advancing digital ID technologies. So, naturally, passengers will still have to carry around their passport and be prepared to show it on request when they reach their destination airport.

More people are experiencing a faster, more efficient security process through the airport which utilises biometrics, the most common modality being face recognition.

The adoption of biometrics provides an alternative way to confirm identity, which favours more the customer experience.

The trial will affect international flights and eliminate the need to use a passport when being processed through security controls. Customers who volunteered to sign up to the pilot trial, based at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5, will be required to submit their biometric and biographic data in advance of travel.

Participants have been invited to scan their face, passport or boarding pass on a smart phone or tablet, which will stored in a pre-held gallery. The airport is fitted with Smart Bio-Pod cameras which can automatically scan and match a live image of the passenger with the pre-held data. 

Selected customers have been invited by BA to take part in the pilot trial, travelling from London Heathrow Terminal 5. They will receive an email three days ahead of their flight.

David Breeze, Operations Transformation Manager at British Airways, explained: “Not only is this the first time that our customers have been able to register their biometric information at home, but it’s the first time they can use it for British Airways’ international flights. This is a secure and efficient tool that makes for a smarter and smoother airport experience, which will reduce the time it takes us to board aircraft”.

“The beauty of this technology is that it also frees our people up to look after more complex customer enquiries and deliver the best possible customer service”. The trial is ongoing for 6 months, after which biometric systems could be rolled out for international flights.

Flights to Malaga, Spain are currently affected by the trial. According to the website, BA customers partaking in the trial can register their data at various touchpoints at Check-In Zone B.

The trial follows the introduction of automated biometrics on British Airways’ domestic flights in 2017.

CBP Commissioner hands in resignation

CBP Commissioner hands in resignation

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner (CBP), Chris Magnus has stepped down from the role.

The new was announced by the White House on Saturday evening, which will take effect immediately. It has been reported that Chris Magnus was asked to resign or fired following alleged disagreements over his management of immigration at overwhelmed border points across the U.S.

Tackling high numbers of migrants crossing the border is also a high priority for the UK, which has levelled ethical, practical and security concerns towards the government. In conjunction, the government’s action to send asylum seekers to Rwanda has proved a controversial strategy.

Veridos recalls the great importance of legal identities for everyone

Veridos recalls the great importance of legal identities for everyone

The world’s population has now reached the landmark figure of eight billion people, according to the United Nations. However, one billion people still have no legal identity and are thus excluded from social participation and the opportunities of the modern world. With this having serious implications for those individuals, Veridos is committed to supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of giving all people a legal identity by 2030.

The world population has reached a milestone. As the UN announced, there are now eight billion people living on our planet. On this occasion, Veridos, a leading global provider of integrated identity solutions, points out that, according to World Bank estimates, around one billion people do not yet have a legal identity. About 237 million children under the age of five do not have a birth certificate.

“A legal identity is the prerequisite for modern life in a connected world. Only a legal identity enables to uphold fundamental rights and participate in social, political and financial life,” explains Marc-Julian Siewert, CEO at Veridos. “We firmly believe that a legal identity is a human right. That’s why we are striving to develop both secure and innovative identity technologies that enable governments to guarantee this right to their citizens.”

Official identity documents, such as passports and birth certificates, do not only establish a sense of belonging for individuals, but they also guarantee them access to social benefits and services such as healthcare, education, humanitarian aid and financial support. They also enable them to exercise fundamental rights such as the right to vote or inherit.

Internationally recognized documents enable people to travel across borders for business and tourism. But they also allow them to receive medical care abroad or pursue specialised or technical education in foreign countries. Finally, identities give citizens secure access to important services for economic growth, such as setting up a bank account.

States and provinces also benefit from proof of identity, as it contributes to dynamic economic development. For example, the registration of all citizens of a country ensures tax revenue and distribution of state support measures. If all people have access to economic participation and education, states can tap the full economic and innovative potential of the population for the benefit of society as a whole.

For these reasons, Veridos supports the UN Sustainable Development Goal 16.9, which calls on all countries to provide all citizens with a legal identity by 2030. Veridos is a member of the United Nations Global Compact, a worldwide pact between the UN and companies for the social and ecological shaping of globalisation.

“There have never been that many people living on our planet as today. Therefore it is important to guarantee everyone the chance to participate in all aspects of life from a young age and have access to economic and social opportunities,” Siewert emphasises. “At Veridos, we are committed to this goal. We are convinced that developing new technologies for the ID sector and supporting a constant global exchange of knowledge on this essential topic, will contribute to make the United Nations’ vision a reality.”​

Photo: Marc-Julian Siewert, CEO at Veridos (Source: Veridos)

SA passport costs given the green light

SA passport costs given the green light

It costs to have the latest security document on the market.

Higher fees have been approved for South African passports and travel documents as secure portrait technologies become more advanced to match the rising capabilities of digital ID. In a general exercise comparing the South African document with other national passports, it was found that the consumer cost massively undercut much higher production fees.

The Minister of Home Affairs, of South Africa, Aaron Motsoaledi justified the tariff changes, referencing the need to increase the profit margin. Moreover, he Home Affairs Minister took a less sympathetic view towards people who could afford to travel outside the country, who he suggested should not be subsidised when purchasing a new passport. However, in a possible oversight of his remarks, a passport is used in most cases to travel outside of a country, whether a citizen is financially very stable or not.

The new tariff will be implemented on 1 November 2022.

“The fees payable in respect of applications for a South African passport or travel document made within the Republic are as follows: Adult passport R600 for 32 pages, R1 200 for 48 pages, Official passport R600, Diplomatic passport R600, Document for travel purposes R600, Crew member certificate R600”.


IATA survey reveals passengers desire convenience above all else

IATA survey reveals passengers desire convenience above all else

The 2022 Global Passenger Survey, conducted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has confirmed that convenience is a top concern for the majority of passengers.

The survey findings revealed that most customers were satisfied with their experience during routine airport procedures such as booking, checking-in and arriving at the airport.

10,000 people participated in the survey across 222 countries to share their travel preferences and help build an understanding of improvements that can be made to the future travel experience. Unsurprisingly, there were also key learnings to take from the report to improve transfers, border control and efficiency throughout the airport while balancing the need for secure travel experiences.

The general attitude towards the use of biometrics is positive which has an impact on reducing waiting times through border control, enhancing safety and the user experience.

83% of people also confirmed they would be willing to share pre-advanced biometric data on the day or day prior to their departure to be stored and leveraged for future journeys. 75% of participants suggested that facial recognition screening should replace the need to carry a physical passport or boarding pass. Overall satisfaction levels were lower at 66% with regards to efficiency at border controls.


Yoti and Meta to announce UK facial age verification rollout

Yoti and Meta to announce UK facial age verification rollout

Today, Yoti and Instagram plan to announce a UK-wide facial age verification rollout.

A statement from Meta read: “We’ve required people to provide their date of birth when they sign up for Instagram for several years – and last year we prompted people who hadn’t already provided their date of birth to do so in order to keep using Instagram. It’s important to us to know how old people are so they can make sure they’re having the best possible experience on Instagram – one that’s appropriate for their age”.

Instagram is a popular social media app that has a high number of underage user accounts despite imposing minimum age restrictions that prevent children younger than 13 years setting an account. In some countries the minimum age varies.  In June, Instagram announced new ways to verify age – enabling them to provide more age-appropriate experiences. This included a partnership with Yoti for age verification technologies. Instagram also outlined plans to expand testing to additional countries including India and Brazil, as well as the UK which is expected to be confirmed in an announcement today.

In an update made in October, Instagram pledged to remove Social Vouching as an option to verify age in testing. Personal vouching is a process whereby up to 3 mutual followers aged 18 or over can confirm a new user’s age and suitability to be on Instagram.

Understanding people’s age on the internet is a complex and industry-wide challenge, especially in the age of social media, but one that Meta say they have been focused on for a while.

A spokesman said: “As an industry, we have to explore new ways to approach the dilemma of verifying someone’s age when they don’t have an ID (as many people, including teens, don’t) – and Monday’s announcement is an important part of that effort”.

The announcement is expected to offer a new way for people on Instagram to verify their identity in the UK, and confirm whether they are a teen or an adult so that only appropriate content for their age is available to them. It will also strengthen strict age verification to ensure that no child is at risk of viewing content from the platform.

From today, if someone attempts to edit their date of birth on Instagram from below 18 to 18 or over, they will be asked to verify their age by either uploading a form of identification or recording a video selfie. Yoti is the UK digital identity provider that is working closely with Meta and specialises in privacy-preserving ways to verify age.

Yoti is verified by the Age Check Certification Scheme, is the leading age verification provider for several industries around the world, and has been publicly endorsed by youth and privacy experts, and regulators including the German regulator KJM. A selfie image is securely shared with Yoti only to estimate the user’s age but this process does not leverage face recognition technology to recognise a person’s full identity. The image is deleted immediately after.

Julie Dawson, Chief Policy and Regulatory Officer at Yoti commented: “We are delighted to continue our work with Meta to create age-appropriate experiences and enable people to thrive and be safe online. Our facial age estimation is a privacy-preserving solution. We built it to give everyone a secure way to prove their age without sharing their name or an ID document”. “Today’s announcement is another step in the right direction to create safer online environments.”



Portugal speed up renewal process for residence permits with pre-held biometrics

Portugal speed up renewal process for residence permits with pre-held biometrics

Biometric technologies are becoming integrated into most systems that we encounter in our everyday lives, streamlining the user experience on all occasions when a customer wants to access a service or to travel.

Pre-held or advanced biometric and biographic data about a person makes it easier and quicker to confirm someone’s identity. This is commonly the case in a travel scenario when passengers are required to upload their personal information during the checking-in process on the day or days prior to their departure.

Portugal is looking to extend the automatic process of renewing residence permits for foreigners, which will be applicable to citizens whose biometric data has been collected and stored in the system.

The Portuguese Interior Minister outlined the plans during the committee discussion of the proposed state budget for 2023. The changes would be implemented in 2023.

“We have taken the decision to automatically renew residence permits until 31 December 2023”.




Passport Office digital transformation back on course securing IT partner

Passport Office digital transformation back on course securing IT partner

The Passport Office is advertising an IT services contract to get the final stage of a long-term digital transformation project over the line, which began in 2016.

The HMPO Transformation Programme set out to modernise and fully streamline digital services in the Passport Office, in particular automating digital application processing.

A complete overhaul of the legacy system was due to be complete in 2019, however three years overdue, processing is still deemed “cumbersome”.

The criteria which a suitable supplier must meet includes helping to “set policies, standards, patterns… [and] enterprise roadmaps” in addition to supplying enterprise and solution architecture that is interoperable with existing infrastructure but enable a smooth transition to the use of new systems.

The requirements are part of a multimillion-pound 2-year contract expected to be worth £7.5m. The current contract was awarded to IT consultancy, A&A Digital Tech in 2020, which will expire in due course.

In April, the Passport Office commented on the unprecedented level of passport applications so far in 2022, after 5 million people reportedly delayed applying for a new passport during the height of the pandemic.

9.5 million British passport applications were anticipated in total this year and in March 2022 alone, the HMPO recorded one million incoming applications, the highest output on record.

The notice read:

“HMPO needs an enterprise architecture and solution architecture service to support the in-house TDA team in: setting overall technical direction; promoting and assuring alignment and convergence to the Home Office technology strategy; defining high-level and, where required, detailed solution architectures for new digital products and architecturally significant enhancements to existing digital products; assuring consistency, reliability, security and interoperability of HMPO’s end-to-end solutions”.

So far into the project, which has been dogged with significant delays, the total sum of delivering the transformation programme stands at approximately £289m, while estimations were originally in the region of £107m, according to the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

Applications to be appointed the new supplier are open until 15 November when the Passport Office will choose three suppliers to consider further. The new contract will be issued in the new year.

The successful bidder will provide the agency with around 13 staff members to each team, who will support the work of an internal technical design authority (TDA) unit.

In 2021, HM Passport Office also secured digital services firm Kainos as part of a 5-year transformation effort on data which will run out next year.

Sponsorship opportunities – ID Week Europe 2023

Sponsorship opportunities – ID Week Europe 2023

Identity Week Europe presents outstanding sponsorship and exhibition opportunities for world-class solution providers in elevating their identity status and technologies with applicational case uses. This is the place to do business with the mass population of the identity industry.

In 2023, our flagship event will be moving to the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam in light of an uptrend in stakeholder attendees and interest in the event. Situated in the heart of Europe with excellent transport links, the RAI is where you will find the best industry turnout to understand the current trends in identity.

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Identity Week Europe, the leading global identity trust event, seeks out the best speakers and world-leading solution providers who already have successful use cases, contracts, national and global digital ID schemes and initiatives in travel, finance and banking, healthcare and government, mobilising the right people to meet. In tandem, the event takes enormous pride in providing a platform to new startups and nurturing promising solutions in an ever-changing marketplace. Our Start-Up Village is back, bigger and BETTER, in June 2023!

Check out our impressive shell-scheme booths for Identity Week Europe in June 2023, available at a competitive rate.

Act quickly to secure a prime zone. Contact Janine Bill, Sponsorship Manager, at to see the floor-plan.

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NEC: Success at ID Week America, minding the trust gap

NEC: Success at ID Week America, minding the trust gap

Writing she felt ‘honour’ to deliver an opening keynote address at Identity Week America, Kathleen Kiernan in the NEC Today said she was delighted to spotlight digital ID within the federal and aviation sector. She urged thought-leaders to close the “trust gap” in delivering a product or service to the customer, from planning to execution.

The NEC deploys ground-breaking solutions for government use, including end-to-end systems for access control and security, next generation..

The NEC deploys ground-breaking solutions for government use, including end-to-end systems for access control and security, next generation identity verification, processing, advanced analytics, and anomaly detection.

The timeline of trust incorporates paper identification, digitalisation, and connectivity.  There is a legion of issues that relate to the need for quality identity experiences including homelessness, as Kathleen explained in her presentation, stepping away from often bland technical explanations around commercial use cases. She advocated that the NEC is creating digital representation for all by developing truly open systems and inclusion.

She echoes this sentiment in NEC Today stating that NEC’s vision of being “truly open and truly trusted” is one of the strengths that has consolidated the 123-year-old company.

In support of a fantastic event, she wrote: “Being with our peers at Identity Week was inspiring and energising. There were spirited discussions about Next Gen identity verification, which reinforces our mission at NEC NSS to apply scientific curiosity with the flexibility to rapidly prototype custom solutions. We look forward to next year’s event!”.

ID Week America: Download the post event report

ID Week America: Download the post event report

Wrapping up a successful edition of Identity Week America, we are delighted to share the highlights of productive networking and sessions in the post-event report.

This year excelled all our expectations, mobilising stakeholders from key use case sectors including banking and finance, travel, healthcare and government to spark lively debate and networking around identity revolution.

The event took place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC from 4 – 5 October 2022.

Over the two ground-breaking days, we welcomed 1,733 attendees and 158 speakers from 62 countries from our doors!

150 sponsors, exhibitors and startups showcased their products and solutions to an engaged audience of key decision-makers.

“Identity Week had both great presenters and a great audience. It was a great opportunity to meet and talk with identity influencers and decision makers – especially relating to the US government”.

“This is a great collaborative event bringing industry, academia, and government together”.

Click to download the Identity Week America 2022 post-event report


Government’s intervention over remote Right to Work checks scales back

Government’s intervention over remote Right to Work checks scales back

As of 1st October, temporary arrangements around remote Right to Work checks will come to an end, leaving employers to decide whether to  revert back to manual checks or not.

The government responded to the COVID-19 outbreak by enabling businesses to remotely conduct Right to Work and criminal record checks, so long as they used accredited Identification Document Validation Technology from an official Digital Identity Service Provider.

With some workers returning to the office, and hybrid working arrangements here to stay, it will now be left to employers to impose one of three types of checks.

  • Online checks using the Home Office online service for individuals with a biometric residence permit. Applicants will still be required to share a Right to Work code with their employer which will trigger a separate verification process through the Home Office.
  • In-person check for British or Irish citizens using formal documentation
  • Additionally, companies may choose to engage a IDSP to utilise IDVT to conduct ID checks on British or Irish passport holders.

The Government’s intervention of allowing digital Right To Work checks came into effective at the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 and were revoked as of 30 September 2022.