ID Week: 2023 dates released

ID Week: 2023 dates released

That’s a wrap on all Identity Week shows for 2022! 

We visited Washington D.C., London and Singapore to bring focused identity markets together and fuel new innovations in identity tech and frameworks.

We look forward to curating future-forward conferences next year with an excellent level of networking, insightful sessions, impressive keynotes, and the biggest names in the business.

We’re delighted to announce the dates of Identity Week Europe and America 2023 as below:

Identity Week Europe 2023   |   13 – 14 June 

RAI Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam 

 

Identity Week America 2023   |   3 – 4 October 

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC, United States

 

Identity Week Asia 2023   |   7 – 8 November

Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore

 

ID Week America: Healthcare presentations

ID Week America: Healthcare presentations

The countdown to Identity Week America is on!

With hundreds of identity solutions on showcase, expert presentations and panel sessions and easy networking opportunities across the two days, the event is the place to be to assess one of the most primitive and advancing industries.

Here’s a snapshot of sessions around identity and IAM for the healthcare sector. From start-ups in their formative years of development to the biggest vendors and organisations, the conference programme supports all viewpoints in nurturing the next generation of talent in identity, in addition to facilitating more commercial and public sector use cases of digital and physical ID across banking, travel healthcare and lots more industries!

Discover the next unicorn Identity Week America has to offer or sit in on carefully planned sessions, presentations and roundtable discussions with other thought-leaders – all for free.

We’re delighted to welcome Linda Van Horn, who is President & Chief Executive Officer at iShare Medical, to deliver a keynote presentation on the present and future mission to secure access and sharing of medical data with digital identity verification. It’s a use study that continues to be tested with digital ID technologies to transform the way patients can openly access their personal medical records whilst tightly retaining confidentiality over the most sensitive personal information.

On Day 1, Ryan Howells, Principal at Leavitt Partners, will also give his insight into converging trust, privacy and convenience for patients to enable healthcare to adopt a centralised system of digital identity as many other industries have.

Ryan Howells

Unlike some sectors which have diverse ecosystems of product vendors and numerous applications, healthcare with predominantly two major divisions, the NHS or private healthcare, requires a federated digital identity system to protect millions of people’s personal medical data.

You can hear a panel discussion on “Digital identity federation in healthcare” at 11:30 on 4th October involving healthcare professionals across these domains who will discuss the challenge of creating one future-proof identity ecosystem in healthcare.

Holograms: A Digital and Optical Vision for Industries in Transition

Holograms: A Digital and Optical Vision for Industries in Transition

Protecting and authenticating security and ID documents presents challenges for holograms but the technology’s capacity to evolve and integrate in the optical and digital space, reflects its continued potency in security applications, says Dr Paul Dunn, chair of the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA).

New optical and digital developments are reshaping the role and nature of holograms in document and ID security. They are also driving innovative and sophisticated design solutions for often non-descript security documents, simultaneously enhancing the security of an identity document, as governments and issuing agencies around the world, as well as other global entities, wrestle with losing billions of dollars a year in revenue through incessant counterfeiting of documents and insidious ID fraud.

Meanwhile the cost of paying for anti-counterfeiting measures to bring criminals to justice can add up to hundreds of millions of dollars. The problem has also been exacerbated in the last two years by the impact of COVID, which has accelerated digital transformation in almost every industry, accompanied by drastic opportunities for increased fraud.

Providing innovative and sophisticated solutions for security documents requires not only a design that will make a document attractive; it also means enhancing the intrinsic security of that document. Secure document conception can be achieved for ID cards and passports, for example, by integrating security features with exclusive designs that highlight attack attempts and facilitate controls such as checking that an ID document matches the bearer.

Today, propelled by advances in materials and applications, holograms designed to protect and authenticate, are integral elements of optical variable elements (OVE) on ID documents, helping to verify identities both in person and remotely.

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

Primary protection

The IHMA estimates that there are three billion identity documents issued worldwide, the evolving challenges posed by fraud see governments, issuing authorities and law enforcement turning to innovation to stay ahead of criminals and fraudsters. Here, the use of direct laser interference patterning (DLIP) applied by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology in Germany can be seen as a versatile tool for producing holographic motifs and diffraction-based elements on most materials; the optical security elements can be written directly on the surface as well as in the volume of a transparent material for improved authentication and greater individualisation of security documents.

Conventionally, a DOVID protects the most important information of a document i.e., the primary image of the document holder. It can additionally cover the holder’s data and a secondary image. So conventionally all this information is printed or laser engraved by the manufacturer and protected by DOVIDs. However, rather than simply protecting the information, security solutions provider OVD Kinegram’s novel technology allows for the creation of a secondary image and/or data directly. The laser personalized KINEGRAM is highly secure and protects against ID fraud and document falsification. This three-layer system is laser processed to radically alter their appearance from a black to mirror like effect, or transparent or even eye-catching optical effects.

Besides offering intrinsic protection, the use of two metal layers/effects provides further benefits and protection – both appearances are in perfect registration and thus cannot be copied by unauthorised printing processes. Moreover, the ability to integrate the embedded KINEGRAM elements over a larger area in perfect optical harmony with other features (such as the security print) leads to a document design that is intuitive and self-explanatory, and hence readily available for human inspection. The design tells a story that even the untrained eye can immediately understand, while the solution protects the personalised data and the photograph of the passport’s data page for ID3 format passport data pages and ID1 format identity cards or driving licences.

Today, the use of optical and physical technologies to protect valuable documents against existing and emerging threats is paramount – for instance, the role of optical and digital technologies in securing health status passports is gaining increasing traction – while great strides are being made in the areas of micro and nano-optical structures and other new approaches to document security. Indeed, the future evolution of optical and digital document security is set to play an important role in the transition to digital documentation for some time to come.

New digital NanoCast technology from NanoGrafix enables the online production of variable holograms or any other optical structures on any printing press with the special NanoCast module. Each hologram can be different and have different holographic encrypted information that can be used for authentication and track and trace purposes. This technology can be installed on any existing machinery in order to “print” these holograms or optical structures onto banknotes, security documents such as Tax Stamps, ID documents, etc. With this module security printers no longer need to outsource holograms or any other optical structure. The holograms are instantly produced and can be different from one another. Each banknote or secure document will then have for the first time a unique holographic identifier. No more outsourcing of security features or extra handling and storage of printed materials. In this way, the chances of documents being compromised are reduced while ensuring a readily available supply of ‘instant’ holograms to support global authentication and anti-counterfeiting programmes.

Smartphone technology is also increasingly being used in combination with hologram programmes to facilitate authentication. In this fast-evolving landscape, security features such as holographic foil-stripes that cannot be replicated are being created. This type of technology allows law enforcement and other specialists ‘read’ a document using a smart phone or LED lighting, in the process providing a robust way to authenticate and thwart counterfeiting and forgery.

Pointing the way

The continued use of holography in optical and digital document security points to the technology’s underlying versatility, cost-effectiveness and graphical flexibility. Indeed, it will continue to flourish in those markets where a highly effective security feature is required as governments and other issuers of

ID cards, passports and driving licences have to implement security technologies to protect an increasing array of documents from counterfeiting attacks.

The optical and digital space heralds exciting development opportunities for holograms, which can deliver an exceptional representation of the 3D world and pose a significant step forward in the search for better imaging. The opportunity for further integration by innovative, forward-thinking companies is huge, as digital holographic technology, increasingly operating via smartphones and devices, provide a visceral and ardent interpretation of the world, allowing people to see and sense images in a way that is realistic, comfortable and natural.

Moreover, the use of well-designed and properly deployed authentication solutions, as advocated by the ISO 12931 standard, enables those with ID protection responsibilities to verify the authenticity of a legitimate product, differentiating it from counterfeits. Even those that carry a fake authentication feature can be distinguished from the genuine item if the latter carries a carefully thought-out authentication solution. The advantages holography offers will continue even as digital and mobile ID technologies gain increasing levels of traction.

The IHMA (www.ihma.org) is made up of more than 80 of the world’s leading hologram companies. Members include the leading producers and converters of holograms for banknote security, ID cards and passports, other secure documents, brand protection, packaging, graphics and other commercial applications around the world, and actively cooperate to maintain the highest professional, security and quality standards.

Identity Week Europe: Day 1 highlights

Identity Week Europe: Day 1 highlights

See the highlights below from an incredible first day here at #IdentityWeekEurope 2022:

  • Incredible keynotes from M.S.C. Cruises, Department for digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS), UK Government, US Customs and Border Protection and Muehlbauer.
  • More than 80 sessions which took place across 6 stages
  • A buzzing show floor full of exhibitors and start-ups to connect and network with
  • Our annual MIDWEEK DRINKS party to celebrate bringing the identity industry back together under one roof!
  • If you haven’t already, get a free expo pass for tomorrow here >>>

 

National Bank of Kuwait launches metal card

National Bank of Kuwait launches metal card

IDEMIA, the global leader in augmented identity, has been chosen by National Bank of Kuwait as a partner to transform metal cards with Card Connect offering an intuitive, easier and secure experience

In line with its commitment to provide extraordinary services and best banking experience to customers, National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) is providing NBK KWT Visa Infinite Credit Card, a top-notch metal card that offers a variety of rewards and connectivity that caters to customers’ needs and lifestyles, featuring a cutting-edge design tailored for the people of Kuwait.

NBK has chosen to collaborate with IDEMIA for an intuitive, easier and secure activation experience of metal cards. A first-of-its-kind in Kuwait, IDEMIA’s Card Connect allows NBK Customers to activate the metal card using an NFC Card activation feature. The cardholder can simply tap the card on their smartphone and be redirected to the activation page on NBK Mobile Banking App, reducing card activation time significantly.

NBK KWT Visa Infinite Credit Card comes in two unique vertical designs tailored for him and for her, with an embodiment of national pride through placing Kuwait’s map and flag. The metal card is the most flexible card in Kuwait, giving customers the freedom to choose the KWT Points earning options based on their lifestyle; either the “Spends Tier” or “Merchant Category” option. The earned rewards can be redeemed easily through NBK Online Banking whether as cashback up to KD 1,000, travel booking, e-vouchers, and points exchange.

We are pleased to partner with IDEMIA to enhance our customers’ activation and payment experience. The new NBK KWT Visa Infinite Credit Card reflects NBK’s commitment to offer a variety of special rewards and services through a unique banking experience. IDEMIA’s top-notch card connect service is a perfect fit to the lifestyle and needs of our Kuwaiti customers.
Mr. Mohammed Al-Othman, General Manager of Consumer Banking Group at National Bank of Kuwait

As a market leader in card technology, IDEMIA strives to provide financial institutions high-quality products, especially for those looking for a unique banking experience. We are delighted that our Card Connect service has been chosen by NBK to cater to Kuwaiti nationals’ needs and lifestyle. This highlights NBK’s trust in IDEMIA to deliver high-quality products that reflect their commitment to their customers.
Hennie Duplessis, Senior Vice President (Middle East and Africa), Financial Institutions, IDEMIA

IDEMIA’s long trusted business partner in Kuwait for two decades, Apex International Trading Company, has played a key role in facilitating NBK and IDEMIA in achieving their joint goals on this digital journey. With Apex’s partnership, IDEMIA has been able to achieve invaluable milestones in Kuwait’s banking sector.

“We are extremely pleased through our partnership with IDEMIA to offer exclusive metal cards with card connect service to National Bank of Kuwait. Apex considers this launch as a benchmark in the strong digital transformation among the banking sector in Kuwait”, said Arshad Iqbal CEO, Apex International Trading Company (Kuwait).

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Veridos and GSI Sertracen partner on Costa Rica ePassport solution

Veridos and GSI Sertracen partner on Costa Rica ePassport solution

Veridos, a world-leading provider of integrated identity solutions, and the Latin American systems integrator GSI Sertracen have announced the signing of a major contract with Costa Rica. The General Department of Migration and Immigration of the Republic of Costa Rica has entrusted Veridos and GSI Sertracen with the supply, installation, and implementation of next-generation electronic passports and the personalization system. Veridos will also supply its CLIP ID solution for outstanding color image performance.

The contract between the Costa Rican government and Veridos along with GSI Sertracen will allow the country to elevate its ID technology thanks to the delivery of ePassports with a polycarbonate data page as well as the software and hardware for personalization. The ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) compliant passports include Veridos’ CLIP IDhigh-tech color personalization technology to ensure the ultimate color brilliance of each ePassport holder’s image, improving visual verification. CLIP ID creates vibrant color photos using the advantages of both laser engraving and ink-jet printing.

Marc-Julian Siewert, CEO of Veridos, says: “We are very honored to have been chosen by the General Department of Migration and Immigration to be part of the modernization of their ID landscape. Together with GSI Sertracen, we will successfully transform the current machine-readable passport system to a fully-fledged biometric travel document solution. Costa Rica is one of the most advanced countries in Latin America and their passports with our cutting-edge CLIP ID color picture solution will soon reflect that, too.”

California enters into a 12-year MDL contract with IDEMIA

California enters into a 12-year MDL contract with IDEMIA

 IDEMIA, the global identity leader behind TSA PreCheck enrollment and the principal issuer of physical and digital driver’s licenses in the U.S., announced today that California has awarded the company a contract that will last up to 12 years and cover delivery of not only traditional driver’s licenses, but also services and technologies that will bring the state further into the age of the digital DMV.

IDEMIA has provided physical ID cards and technology to California for more than 64 years.

IDEMIA’s partnership with the state of California, beyond the production of physical ID cards, includes:

  • Mobile tablets which will extend the reach of the DMV to California citizens in remote areas
  • Several new technologies including new card design and security features which will improve the DMV experience and reduce fraud
  • Support of the California “Cloud First” policy

“It’s a pleasure to work with such a forward-leaning, innovative state and we look forward to continuing the development of new services for residents together,” said Donnie Scott, CEO of Identity and Security, North America at IDEMIA.

US set to unveil new ePassport design this summer

US set to unveil new ePassport design this summer

The US plans to roll out a major ePassport overhaul over this summer with the so-called “Next Generation Passport”  (NGP) set to include a wide range of new security and design features.

More than 2 million Next Generation Passports have been already issued to Americans since last March, but the issuing will really step up this year, according to the State Dept.

The Next Generation Passport book (NGP) uses new technologies to produce a more robust passport with enhanced security features, such as a polycarbonate data page, laser-engraved personalization, and updated artwork.

The most noticeable changes to the new passport book are the polycarbonate data page and the location of the endorsement page (now page 3). Visa pages have also been updated with detailed linework and ink colors that showcase imagery of U.S. architecture, history, culture, landscapes, and traditions.

The standard size of the Next Generation Passport is 26 pages. If you frequently travel internationally and need more visa pages, you may choose the larger, 50-page book when you apply. The ePassport has 28 pages in the regular-sized book and 52 pages in the larger book.

The passport number in the NGP book begins with a letter, followed by eight numbers. It is located in the top right corner of your data page and is included throughout the NGP book on the bottom of each page.

The State Dept added that it is only gradually replacing existing ePassport printers with NGP printers at our passport agencies and centers. Since ePassports continue to meet and exceed international passport security standards, both ePassports and the NGP can be used for international travel.

The US is also only issuing the NGP for passport books. It plans to “soon” upgrade and modernise the passport card.

Costa Rica to adopt ePassport

Costa Rica to adopt ePassport

Costa Rica’s immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME), will issue a new biometric passport, reports local media.

The biometric passport will cost US$75 plus ¢250 colones, and is valid for ten years, reports Q Costa Rica. It is a document that has a chip with biometric data, as well as personal information. The document includes the latest mobility trends at a global level, since its security measures prevent the falsification and alteration of information.

Each personalized chip provides advantages in cases of loss or theft of the document, and would allow the eventual speeding up of border procedures when traveling, due to its easy verification, opening the doors to Costa Ricans to a greater possibility of flexibility in terms of travel.

The biometric data will now consist of fingerprints of the ten fingers (previously there were only two fingers), a passport number different from the cedula (identity card) and personal data, such as the self-perceived gender of the Costa Rican people who made the change in the Civil Registry.

Among the main differences between the new biometric document and the conventional passport used up to now is its validity period, which goes from six to ten years.

The new passports will have holograms, visible figures in intaglio prints, 3D drawing, latent image, “Esencial” (Essential) mark, security polycarbonate sheet with personal information, and other features.

“The realization of this project has been an arduous process for our institution, it has been thanks to the perseverance of the officials of the DGME that make up the Bicentennial Biometric Passport Project team, that today, in an emotional moment, we disconnected the system to make way for technological modernization processes with biometrics and digitization,” said Raquel Vargas, Director of Immigration.

 

Identity Week Europe early bird deals to end

Identity Week Europe early bird deals to end

 

Zimbabwe to issue 2 million ID cards

Zimbabwe to issue 2 million ID cards

The Zimbabwean government has revealed plans to issue 2 million national identity cards following a drive to be launched over Spring.

Mobile voter registration booths will be sent to various parts of the country in two phases – Feb 1 – Feb 28, and 11 Apr to 30 Apr, reported The Chronicle.

During a press conference in Harare on Wednesday, the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Kazembe Kazembe said Government does not want to leave anyone behind during the coming identity documents exercise.

Earlier this week, ZEC said lack of identity documents especially among youths is one of the reasons for low voter registration in Matabeleland North.

Civil Registry Offices across the country have been saddled with a backlog of documents for some time as Zimbabweans try to get identification documents.

 

South Africa to deploy smart driving licences

South Africa to deploy smart driving licences

South African government officials have confirmed the country will be introducing smart driving licences by October 2023.

The existing documents will be phased out over five years, with a new licence that has advanced security features and that meets international standards taking their place.

“We are in the process of seeking cabinet approval for the design of the new card this year. This will then be followed by a procurement process that will enable us to pilot the card and introduce the new card in October 2023. Once we start issuing the new card, we will phase out the current card over a five-year period, which should allow the current cards to expire,” Transport minister Fikile Mbalula said last Thursday.

The Automobile Association welcomed the new driving licence cards but said that existing problems around applying and issuing of cards must be resolved.

“We therefore eagerly await the introduction of new online procedures, which are slated to come into force on 17 February, as a way of dealing more effectively with the procedures around driving licence card renewals,” it said.

The AA welcomed Mbalula’s announcement that research is being conducted into extending the validity period of driving licence cards from its current five-year period.

“The AA has urged government to extend the validity period of driving licences from five to 10 years as a way of dealing more effectively with renewals,” it said.

 

Saudi Arabia reveals e-passport

Saudi Arabia reveals e-passport

Saudi Arabian officials on Thursday launched a new electronic passport for Saudi citizens.

Minister of Interior Prince Abdulaziz Bin Saud Bin Naif said it featues advanced security features and a new aesthetic design.

“The passport is a step forward in the country’s digital transformation process — one of the goals of Saudi Vision 2030,” wrote the Arab News.

In his speech during the ceremony, Director General of Passports Lt. Gen. Sulaiman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Yahya, said his directorate has witnessed “a great and rapid development over the recent years, thanks to Allah and then thanks to the directives and support of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and with continuous follow-up from Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud, minister of interior.

Al-Sikhan added that the electronic passport’s data card contains the passport holder’s information, three photos with different technologies, and the possibility of digitally verifying the passport through digital portals.

The identity of the Kingdom has been included in all pages of the electronic passport by placing drawings of all the vital tourism attractions in the Kingdom.

Citizens can now obtain the new passport by the usual way to request a passport until the readable passport is stopped during the transitional phase, Al-Sikhan confirmed

UK sets out best practice for using e-signatures

UK sets out best practice for using e-signatures

The UK government’s expert Industry Working Group on Electronic Execution of Documents has today (1 February 2022) published their interim report, which: sets out their analysis of the current situation in England and Wales; identifies simple best practice guidance based on existing technology, including for vulnerable individuals; and makes recommendations for future analysis and reform. The report can be found on GOV,UK. You can watch Lord Justice Birss, Mr Justice Fraser and Professor Sarah Green discussing the report and its findings below:

Electronic Execution of Documents – Industry Working Group interim report

The Industry Working Group was convened following a recommendation by the Law Commission, which the Lord Chancellor welcomed and implemented. More details, including the Group’s membership and full Terms of Reference, can be found on GOV.UK.

The Ministry of Justice welcomes the interim report and is grateful for the Group’s work, which will assist in informing the future use and uptake of e-signatures by government and others. The Group’s work is also central to ensuring that the UK remains a centre for legal excellence and that the English and Welsh jurisdiction continues to lead the way in enabling the adoption emerging technologies and in supporting and facilitating digital trade and commerce.

Lord David Wolfson, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, said:

I would like to thank the Industry Working Group for this important report on electronic signatures. We in Government are excited about the potential benefits of new, digital ways of working and I welcome in particular the best practice guidance put forward by the group, which will help increase confidence in and encourage uptake of electronic signatures. I am committed to ensuring the UK jurisdiction remains at the forefront of adapting to digital innovation, so that we can best capture the opportunities this offers for our businesses and citizens.

In the next phase of its work, the Group will focus on its remaining Terms of Reference, namely to consider the challenges arising from the use of electronic signatures in cross-border transactions and how to address them, and how best to use electronic signatures so as to optimise their benefits when set against the risk of fraud.

Tintin to feature on new Belgian ePassport

Tintin to feature on new Belgian ePassport

The new Belgian ePassports celebrate the country’s most famous comic strip characters, including Tintin and the Smurfs, alongside new security features

From February 7, the country now issue passports defined by images of its comic strip heroes.

In a statement, the Belgian government said, “The new Belgian passport will be recognizable thanks to its original design, which honours one of the jewels of our culture: the heroines and heroes of comic strips.” The statement also said the new passports, which were developed with the help of anti-fraud specialists, will be safer than the previous ones.

Tintin’s famous moon rocket and the Moulinsart mansion of his friend Captain Haddock will feature in new passports, as well as the Smurfs and cowboy Lucky Luke.

In a related development, the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, tweeted, “On the occasion of the launch of the new passport, a temporary exhibition on the history of the Belgian passport will run at the Comics Museum (Zandstraat 20, 1000 Brussels) from January 28 to March 6, 2022.”
South Korea to trial mDLs

South Korea to trial mDLs

South Korea has launched trials of a blockchain-enabled mobile driving licence (mDL), saying the pilot digital version is as powerful a credential as the physical version.

Participants simply need to download a mobile ID app to create a digital version of their current driving licence, and then verify their identity in person at a driving licence test centre.

“A person with a mobile driving licence no longer needs to carry the plastic one and the digital licence can also be conveniently used online,” the Korea.net government news agency says.

“It can also prevent leaks of personal information as it merely provides data sought by a third party like driver qualifications when someone seeks to rent a car and age verification when buying cigarettes or alcohol.

“The ministry pledged to ensure safety by applying security technologies such as blockchain and encoding.

“If a mobile licence bearer reports the loss or theft of his or her smartphone, the licence is immediately locked. Even without such a report, a password or biometric authentication is required to access the licence.”

“The ministry will expand the types of mobile IDs starting with a driving licence, and eventually issue such IDs to identify people of national merit, the disabled, youth and foreign residents,” Korea.net adds.

Passage raises $4M

Passage raises $4M

Passage, an innovator in the rapidly growing passwordless identity space, today emerged from stealth announcing the availability of its public beta along with $4 million of new funding led by LiveOak Venture Partners with participation from Next Coast Ventures, Tau Ventures, Secure Octane, and various angel investors. Passage takes a developer-first and biometric-first approach to passwordless authentication, enabling users to log in to web applications with Face ID, Touch ID, Windows Hello, and other biometrics built into their devices.

Compared with other forms of user authentication, biometrics offer improved security and a smoother login experience for users. Passwords and magic links introduce friction at critical conversion points in the user journey, but biometrics allow businesses to reduce cart abandonment, user churn, and password-related support costs by introducing quick login with no context switching. Biometrics also protect users by eliminating phishing and account takeover attacks, while protecting businesses from the risks associated with storing and managing passwords.

“Passage delivers an exceptional developer experience for a technology that’s easier to use, more secure, and ultimately the future of authentication. There’s often a tradeoff between security and user experience, but Passage offers a unique combination of both with low implementation complexity,” said Cole Hecht, Passage’s Co-founder and CEO. “This financing will allow us to introduce Passage to more developers, and deliver more ‘ah-ha’ moments when people sign up for websites with Face ID, Touch ID, or Windows Hello for the first time.”

Consumers are increasingly comfortable using built-in biometrics to log in to mobile applications, particularly for banking and other highly sensitive transactions. In parallel, biometrics are just becoming accessible to developers in the browser, which is expected to create a flurry of opportunity and innovation. Passage brings the consumer experience of biometric authentication to web applications as well. With a few lines of code, developers can enable their users to register and log in to websites with only their face or fingerprint.

“Passage is poised to change the fundamental way we interact with the Web,” said Creighton Hicks, LiveOak Venture Partners. “Imagine a world where you seamlessly signup, login, and checkout online – no matter which device you’re on, without having to remember or lookup your password. A world where password breaches simply don’t matter as they can’t be used on other sites and the biometric data itself never leaves your device. Passage, backed by the right team and technology, empowers developers to easily give this experience to their users, and make our world a little simpler and more secure.”

Passage is built on technology that eliminates passwords and provides two strong authentication factors – something you are and something you have – with a single quick gesture. Further, Passage does not store any face, fingerprint, or other biometric data about users, making it the best solution for security and privacy-focused companies and users. Anna Pobletts, Co-founder and CTO of Passage said, “After decades of passwords and multifactor requirements, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we are excited to lead the way for developers wanting to implement better authentication for their users.”

“Passage makes biometric passwordless authentication accessible to all developers and makes the open source standard WebAuthn easy to integrate in any environment,”  said Chris Aniszczyk, CTO, Linux Foundation. “Improving security practices should be top of mind for everyone and I highly encourage all developers to support passwordless authentication in their applications.”

Mobai and Keesing Technologies partner on ID verification

Mobai and Keesing Technologies partner on ID verification

Mobai AS and Keesing Technologies team up to prevent identity fraud and enhance KYC processes by launching frictionless end-to-end identity verification. The partnership adds cutting-edge face verification technology to one of the world’s premier identity verification platforms, providing a highly secure and trusted means of customer screening and onboarding for both on-site and remote settings.

Mobai, provider of leading biometric solutions, and Keesing Technologies, a leading global identity verification provider, announce a partnership to support businesses all over the world to securely onboard customers face-to-face as well as online with seamless end-to-end identity verification. By joining forces, they offer (online) service providers a frictionless and highly secure Know-Your-Customer (KYC) process that is based on Keesing’s trusted identity verification and state-of-the-art face verification technology from Mobai.

In 2019, Keesing introduced biometric technology to its roster of identity verification solutions. The partnership with Mobai enables the identity verification provider to boost its AuthentiScan product suite with the latest biometric technologies for facial verification. By adding Mobai’s technology, Keesing accommodates the surge in requests from its customers and the market for a secure solution that supports seamless identity verification for both remote and on-premises customer screening and onboarding.

“Businesses around the world are faced with the need to verify identities – whether digital or document-based – to protect their business and ensure the right person has access to their service.  As the user experience in the verification, validation and onboarding process is crucial to the success of a business, we see it as our responsibility to provide them with best-in-class identity verification to prevent fraud in a way that’s user-friendly, secure, and effective for them and their customers, and that’s one of the benefits of teaming up with Mobai,”

Jan Lindeman, Managing Director of Keesing Technologies.

AuthentiScan is Keesing’s flagship solution for automated identity verification. It offers reliable and real-time results, guiding the customer through a seamless identity proofing process– using Mobai’s facial verification technology – and Keesing’s extensive ID document verification technology. Based on a comparison of a selfie with the photo on the ID document the face verification technology ensures biological identifiers are from the proper user and not from someone else. As this check is seamlessly integrated in the process and ease-to-use, it instantly boosts efficiency and does not interfere with the user experience. Keesing’s identity verification offers the highest level of document authentication and verification by submitting the document to several thorough cross-checks and verifying it against Keesing’s ID reference database including ID documents from over 200 countries. This accurate and comprehensive document verification process allows for extremely reliable results that contribute to security and fraud prevention for the business and its customers. Together, the Norwegian and Dutch companies bring a unique combination of best-in-class technologies that allows businesses to establish someone’s true identity from anywhere in the world and brings trust in business relationships again.

“We are thrilled with the integration of our face verification technology in the Keesing AuthentiScan product suite and are excited to see how our partnership results in a holistic solution for businesses looking for a highly secure means of ID verification. It’s fantastic to see that regardless of the situation, whether it’s face-to-face or remote, we can contribute to the security of a business and at the same time give their users a convenient user experience when onboarding. During the integration project over the past months, we have learned to appreciate the expertise, transparency, and professionalism of Keesing Technologies, which is really reflected in the low friction and modern user experience of the solution we are now bringing to market”, says Brage Strand, founder and CEO of Mobai AS.

  “We are confident that Keesing’s longstanding expertise and trusted business combined with Mobai’s innovative and advanced face verification services are a perfect fit for existing and new clients”.

Brage Strand, Founder and CEO of Mobai AS

Jan Lindeman adds to this: “We know how crucial a secure and smooth onboarding process is for users, and that a trusted means of identity verification is key in this respect. The solution enabled by this partnership reflects the core values Keesing stands for: security, trust, accuracy, and ease of use. Mobai is known for providing its customers with safe and accessible biometric services and we are very pleased with the addition of Mobai biometrics to our solutions, increasing the level of trust in identity for our customers and the customers of our customers.”

Mobai’s mission is to make digital services safe and available to everyone. “By introducing face verification as a means of identity proofing, we may also offer support to groups that struggle with more traditional password-based solutions such as elderly. In addition, face verification reduces the need to physically touch and handle keyboards tokens and other devices. By doing so, we can contribute to enabling a wider range of non-traditional and new users to join our digital society,” says Brage Strand.

The new service, Keesing AuthentiScan with face verification, is available from today. Initially, AuthentiScan will use Mobai Face Verification that includes liveness detection checks from Mobai’s Presentation Attack Detection Service (PAD). Future AuthentiScan releases may include Mobai Morphing Attack Service (MAD) providing customers with a unique and enhanced protection of personal data and privacy by using biometric template protection technologies.

Sevenoaks District Council modernises document processing

Sevenoaks District Council modernises document processing

In a bid to modernise its document processing, Sevenoaks District Council has today announced a move to implement digital signature technology from Yoti across its Housing department.

The Council, located in Kent, is keen to cut admin-intensive processes using a secure approach. Currently an organiser of public services for 120,000 citizens and employing approximately 425 staff across 16 departments, the decision to incorporate Yoti’s eSign and eWitnessing platform will ensure smoother operations council-wide.

The move will support the council in reducing time and costs relating to sending, signing and managing documents, as well as reducing daily paper use, providing a more environmentally friendly approach to their work.

Previously, officers relied on printing and sending documents via post – both proving time absorbing and difficult to manage during remote working. Yoti’s eSignature platform allows documents to be managed from a central location and for a digital copy to be sent to the customer via email.

On average, businesses using Yoti benefit from improved document signing speeds with 85 per cent of documents being signed within the first 24 hours.

Given customers will now be able to access sensitive documents via email, enabling them to sign quickly and securely, the entire customer experience promises to be a more seamless one.

Based in London, Yoti provides identity verification, eSignature and age verification technology. It  boasts a rapidly growing eSignature division delivering services for several prominent organisations including Connells group, RIBA, GiGroup and Countrywide. The company has recently launched its ground-breaking electronic witnessing solution.

Cllr Kevin Maskell, Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We’re always looking for more efficient and innovative ways of working, and Yoti’s eSign technology ticks both of these boxes. At a time when there is greater demand for our housing services than ever, eSign is speeding up the processing of applications while providing a more convenient service for our clients. It also cuts down on paper, helping with our ambitions to become a Net Zero carbon council by 2030”.

Matthew Gilbery Commercial Director at Yoti commented: “Our collaboration with Sevenoaks District Council follows the successful transformation of Ashford Borough Council in 2020, another local authority in Kent that adopted Yoti’s eSignatures platform and saw a reduction in costs and increase in efficiency. It’s exciting to see just how transformative digital identity services can be – and the citizens of Sevenoaks District Council should expect to see greater efficiencies moving forwards.”

Greece to launch mobile ID, mDL

Greece to launch mobile ID, mDL

Greek citizens will be able to download a digital version of the full identity card and their driving license to their mobile phones by next Easter, Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis revealed on January 6.

Pierrakakis told SKAI TV that, “We aim to have the biggest part of this work at the end of the first quarter of 2022, surely before Easter we will have these changes in terms of the new identity card … and in terms of the driving license.”

Currently, only part of the ID can be put on cell phones now to help people get into stores easier where showing a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery from the Coronavirus is required.

The new service will allow citizens to use their digital ID in any transaction with the state or institution requiring identification.

The launch follows the success of a COVID-19 free GR Wallet App which lets people put certificates of vaccination and other identification on their cell phones, which saw more than one million responses shortly after it was launched.