Qoobis launches solution for digital verification of identity cards

Qoobis launches solution for digital verification of identity cards

Qoobiss has launched the first fully automated Know-Your-Customer (KYC) solution for identity cards in Romania, which allows companies to verify the identity of their customers in a much more efficient way, without the need for human intervention.

With the Qoobiss solution, companies can automatically verify customer credentials by using ID photos when a new online account is created. The software scans the document, extracts customer data, performs an instant verification of the user’s identity and validates the identity document, maintaining the complete confidentiality of the data.

The KYC mechanism created by Qoobiss is designed to be easily scalable for a large number of users, fast to implement and 100% online. Thus, the identity verification process offered by Qoobiss is automatic and built to maximize the integration process of new customers, with the help of the latest biometric technologies, powered by artificial intelligence. Qoobiss’ investment is 500,000 euros in the development of this technology.

“Our solution can be used by fintech companies, but also by other industries, such as blockchain, e-commerce or medical, because our team understands very well the specific problems of each type of company and the delicate balance between legal obligations and the need of users. have an improved experience of using digital identity verification solutions. Our goal is to offer a scalable solution for a large number of users and a very secure protocol “, explained Alexandru Rizea, Qoobiss CTO, the startup for verifying digital identity.

The Anti Money Laundering (AML) / Know-Your-Customer (KYC) feature also helps reduce the number of frauds by quickly and accurately verifying customer identities. Fintech companies are thus helped by Qoobiss to automatically check the PEP (Politically Exposed Persons) and AML databases to validate customer compliance. In addition, the company’s API allows the use of the advanced electronic signature to validate any approvals converted to pdf and contracts between fintech companies and customers.

Dominica officially launches e-Passport

Dominica officially launches e-Passport

On Monday, the Commonwealth of Dominica launched its new electronic passport. Officials said that the new document is highly secure and would protect holders from identity theft, and would be an essential component of its border management systems. According to the Honorable Rayburn Blackmoore, the Minister for National Security and Home Affairs, Dominica’s passport holds a powerful rank globally. He added that the new e-passport book is designed by Canadian Bank Note (CBN), a Canada-based corporation.

Dominica’s biometric passport will store the holder’s personal information on a microchip embedded in the document. This includes biometric face, fingerprint, and iris data, all of which can verify the holder’s identity while travelling. The Dominican government has previously noted that the document is compatible with the country’s new e-Gates, which means that holders will be able to use them to pass through border checkpoints more quickly. The e-Gates were part of a $13 million project to update the Dominican border in anticipation of the biometric passports.

At the launch, Tourism Minister Denise Charles said that “electronic passports should make the immigration checkpoint process must faster and would allow immigration officers to quickly authenticate travels, first providing protection against identity theft and fraud.” The minister also said that the new venture would improve linkages with the CARICOM Joint Regional Communications Centre (CJRRCC) as well as International Police (Interpol).

The biometric passports will also be issued to those who gain citizenship through Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme. The programme offers citizenship to foreign nationals who make a qualifying investment in the island’s Economic Diversification Fund or select real estate projects.

Applicants to the programme who pass the necessary due diligence checks receive Dominica’s citizenship and can apply for the country’s passport, which grants global mobility to over 140 destinations across the seven continents. Being a citizen of Dominica also means being able to live, work and travel in the Caribbean island whenever you want and passing the citizenship on for generations to come.

Dominica’s CBI programme is legally entrenched in law, and since local law does not contain any restrictions on holding dual nationality, obtaining second citizenship through investment in the country is a confidential process. In addition to having no physical residency obligation, Dominica’s CBI programme has no language, age, business experience, or educational requirements, and there is no mandatory interview.

Access Softek and ENACOMM sign referral deal

Access Softek and ENACOMM sign referral deal

 Access Softek, an omnichannel digital banking provider, recently announced a referral agreement with ENACOMM, a fintech enablement company that empowers banks, credit unions and credit card companies with affordable, data-driven solutions for improving the customer experience (CX), fighting financial fraud, and increasing operational efficiency.

Through this agreement, ENACOMM will refer its bank and credit union customers to Access Softek’s entire digital banking suite, which includes online and mobile banking, fraud prevention, video chat, wealth management and biometric authentication solutions. In the same way, Access Softek will refer its banks and credit unions to ENACOMM’s next-generation voice solutions for customer self-service, including intelligent interactive voice response (IVR) and conversational voice banking.

“Technology is more important than ever for financial services companies to quickly meet customers’ needs, without requiring them to jump through hoops. Financial institution customers need reliable self-service options that span every interaction channel, from phone to the web,” said Michael Boukadakis, Founder and CEO at ENACOMM. “Working with Access Softek, we can give banks and credit unions a comprehensive set of solutions that help them provide a frictionless customer experience, no matter which channel they use.”

According to Research and Markets, the global IVR systems market is expected to reach $6.1 billion by 2027. As IVR maintains its crucial role in customer service and the importance of digital banking capabilities continues to grow, this agreement will be critical in providing banks and credit unions with all the tools they need to be successful.

“The customer experience is everything for banks and credit unions. Consumers today expect nothing less than the best,” said Chris Doner, founder and CEO of Access Softek. “Through this partnership, financial institutions can ensure their customer experience is exceeding today’s consumers’ expectations, no matter if they choose to call in or log in.”

Streetwear brand GUN AINM fights counterfeits with Eltronis engage

Streetwear brand GUN AINM fights counterfeits with Eltronis engage

Luxury streetwear label GUN AINM is using the powerful technology solution engage from The Eltronis Group to enable instant authentication by consumers and protect against counterfeit garments. 

Newly established business GUN AINM joins a host of other brands worldwide who place their trust in engage to protect their products. The innovative technology provides a user-friendly, yet innovative tool, to link products to the internet through consumers’ smartphones. 

With every genuine GUN AINM purchase a ‘Card of Authenticity’ is supplied to the consumer. This contains a permanently adhered holographic label, customised with GUN AINM’s logo and a unique QR code and serial number which allows authentication of the garment by scanning with a smartphone camera. On activation, customers are not only able to verify their purchase but are also provided with a variety of relevant product and brand information as they are directed to a dedicated web page. 

Through creating a digital fingerprint, easily accessible from users back pockets, the Eltronis software, as the name itself suggests, ‘engages’ customers with the brand and vice versa. For consumers, engage ensures security and the reassurance that they have a genuine product within an optimal brand experience, and for suppliers’ visibility and insight are provided through the data capture process. 

Cameron Friell, co-owner to GUN AINM, said: “Our driving purpose at GUN AINM is to showcase talented, independent artists through the medium of streetwear and having the ability to reassure our customers and collaborators that each product is genuine is an integral part of our philosophy.

Nur Ink Innovations to start digital pilot

Nur Ink Innovations to start digital pilot

Nur Ink Innovations, which engages in research and development of various types of water-based, green and environmentally friendly pigment inks, announces that it has contracted with one of the world’s leading international digital printer manufacturers for strategic collaboration and technological development of water-based digital printing pigment ink that was developed by the Company (NurTex).

Moshe Nur, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Company: ‘We are pleased to announce the start of a technical pilot with one of the world’s largest and leading players in digital printer manufacturing. This pilot continues the Company’s strategy to become a leading global supplier in a green world of environmentally-friendly water-based pigment inks – designed for use in printers and digital printing systems’.

‘We believe that the application of our inks in the relevant industry, direct digital printing on garments (DTG), will increase the global market by approximately 15%, opening for the Company a gateway to a huge market worth $5 billion annually in addition to other applications targeted by the Company in huge, multibillion dollar markets’.

As part of the pilot, the ink, which is designed for printing directly on to t-shirts and other garments will be installed in an industrial printer made by the digital printing manufacturing corporation. The engagement is part of the Company’s OEM White Label business strategy for collaborating with leading players in the global printing industry, inter-alia, companies such as Epson, Roland, Ricoh, Brother, EFI, Mimaki, Agfa, Kodak, among others.

In the Company’s estimation and in accordance with the agreements with the customer, insofar as the pilot is successful, the digital printing corporation intends to install the Company’s ink at several end-customer sites for a paid commercial pilot. The pilot is expected to last for a period of between 4 and 6 months (between 6 and 9 months from the date of this announcement).

The Company estimates that this engagement will advance the Company’s research and development efforts and that successful application of the ink in the industry relevant to this pilot will enable various applications that are currently unavailable for the vast majority of the digital printing market (for example: printing on dark garments made of 100% polyester), and consequently increase the general markets of direct-to-garments and direct-to-textile printing and expand the use of water-based pigment inks, and expedite the arrival of the company’s products. The business engagement model between the company and the digital printer’s corporation, insofar as the pilot process is completed, is expected to be the OEM Private Label model of multi-year ink supply.

SITA upgrades passenger processing at Prague airport

SITA upgrades passenger processing at Prague airport

SITA today announced that it has implemented its new-generation of passenger processing infrastructure at Václav Havel Airport Prague, paving the way to a completely touchless, mobile passenger journey at the airport in future.

SITA’s new TS6 Kiosks work in harmony with SITA’s next-generation SITA Flex, offering a fluid and intuitive experience for passengers and increased agility for the airport.

Beyond optimizing the current experience for passengers, SITA’s next-generation platform empowers Prague Airport to move from the traditional passenger journey to a more efficient and seamless digital passenger journey using mobile, self-service and automated solutions on-site and off-site. This means in the future passengers will be able to complete various steps in the journey such as check-in and bag drop from their mobile phone or using their biometric identity, improving passenger satisfaction and streamlining the flow of passengers through the airport.

Part of this solution is the deployment of 35 versatile SITA TS6 check-in kiosks that allow passengers to check in with ease and, with the support of SITA Flex, enjoy a unified experience no matter which airline they are flying. The new SITA TS6 kiosk was the winner of the 2021 IF Design award for the slick, sustainable, and adaptive design, which can be customized to fit with the airport’s brand design and specific customer needs. The kiosks are complemented by overhead displays and integrate with SITA Flex and represents the future of passenger processing, providing a consistent user experience across platforms.

SITA Flex, which designed to be cloud-based, can be switched on the moment an airline develops a cloud-based app. As a result, airlines can transform their passengers’ journeys, building on or tailoring existing passenger processing infrastructure and software.

Martin Kucera, Director of Prague Airport Operations, said: “This investment in our terminal infrastructure is as much about today’s requirements as it is about preparing us for a new automated and more digitalized passenger journey in the future. Based on the open tender, SITA has offered us a long-term solution that allows us to bring even better customer experience to our passengers while using the maximum functionality of the technology implemented at Prague Airport, the gateway to the Czech Republic.”

Prague Airport repeatedly received the Airport Service Quality Award in its category, presented annually by the Airports Council International (ACI) to the best airports with the highest provable level of customer satisfaction. In 2020, the biggest and the most important international airport in the Czech Republic was also awarded by the Voice of Customer Award for its approach in helping passengers during COVID-19 crisis and was certificated with ACI Airport Health Accreditation. Every year, this international airport looks after millions of passengers, connecting Prague directly with more than 100 destinations.

Sergio Colella, SITA President for Europe, said: “The pressure the pandemic poses on the industry is severe and the challenges to face are complex. Airports must manage the current financial strain from low flight volumes while also readying themselves for future sustainable growth. With this deployment of SITA Flex and TS6 Kiosks, we’re proud to support Prague Airport in addressing both challenges, and we’re excited to see passengers return to safer, smarter and more seamless air travel.”

Collins Aerospace deploys biometrics solution at Tokyo Haneda Airport

Collins Aerospace deploys biometrics solution at Tokyo Haneda Airport

Collins Aerospace has completed deployment of its ARINC SelfPass biometrics solution at Haneda Airport, one of the busiest airports in Asia, streamlining passenger processing through reduced physical interactions and bottlenecks at multiple passenger touchpoints.

“Our ‘Face Express’ system will allow passengers to efficiently proceed through procedures at the airport (baggage drop, security checkpoint entrance, boarding gate) utilizing facial recognition, eliminating the hassle of showing their passport and boarding pass,” said Shoichi Ohashi, Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation’s senior manager for the Facility Department. “We worked closely with Collins Aerospace to achieve this and enhance passenger convenience at Tokyo Haneda airport.”

Rakan Khaled, vice president, Airport Systems for Collins said, “Our ARINC SelfPass biometrics solution at Tokyo Haneda Airport streamlines passenger processing while improving airport efficiency and security. Despite the challenging pandemic environment, we were able to manage staffing and suppliers to ensure smooth delivery of the solution.”

This project includes the installation of 98 Self-Service Check-In Kiosks, 30 biometric enrollment kiosks, 104 biometric devices for Self-Bag Drop, 17 biometric Automated Security Gates and 42 biometric Automated Self-Boarding Gates.

Production starts for Cameroon’s new ePassports

Production starts for Cameroon’s new ePassports

The Republic of Cameroon’s General Delegation for National Security (GDSN) and AUGENTIC have unveiled the country’s new generation of biometric passports infrastructure. 

The modernized system, which was implemented in record time is setting ground for a reliable and state-of-the art passport system. Moving forward, the modernized passport system will provide significant benefits for both Cameroon’s citizens and government. 

As part of the project’s Build phase, a new national passport production centre with more than 3,000 square meters is operating as of today in Yaoundé. AUGENTIC is also responsible for the construction of an 800 plus square meter building in Douala and a 600 plus square meter building in Garoua. In addition, enrollment infrastructure in all offices and diplomatic missions was upgraded and equipped by the latest technologies. 

In the new issuance process, Cameroonian citizens are able to pre-enroll for a new passport online through the PassCam Portal provided by AUGENTIC PassCam and INCM. The enrollment process will then be completed at the selected enrollment center with an in-person appointment, where biometric data including facial scans, fingerprints, and digital signatures will be collected. Within 48 hours after completing successfully the enrolment process, passport will be produced. The new application process has a queue-management system, providing citizens with reduced waiting times and an easy-to-use online portal. 

To facilitate the passport issuance process, a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure was set-up and an online cashless payment system for passport fees was implemented. The cashless system benefits both citizens and the government, as it creates transparency and financial inclusion. 

The new national passport production center is equipped to serve all the needs for Cameroon citizens in the next ten years with a guaranteed permanent stock of blank passports. The modernized biometric passports offer the highest level of security and provide Cameroonians with increased freedom to travel exceeding the requirements set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  

The passport launch is part of a 10-year Build, Operate, and Transfer (BOT) contract between Cameroon’s GDSN and AUGENTIC, a recognized leader in digital identity solutions with Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda (INCM), the State Printer of Portugal as partner. 

“Today marks a significant step forward in the modernization of Cameroon’s passport system,” said AUGENTIC’S CEO Mr. Labinot Carreti. “The project scope and depth was a challenge in and of itself especially due to global pandemic situation and supply chain difficulties. I am happy that thanks to the commitment of the dedicated teams and our strong partnership with INCM the start of operation phase  was made possible today.”

AnyVision raises $235M

AnyVision raises $235M

AnyVision, a leading Recognition AI company, today announced it has secured an investment of $235 million from SoftBank Vision Fund 2i and Eldridge with further participation from existing investors.

The infusion is one of the largest funding rounds in the visual intelligence space in Western markets, underscoring the growing importance of AI, machine learning, and biometrics in transforming physical and perimeter security.

As part of the transaction, Amit Lubovsky, Director for SoftBank Investment Advisers, will join AnyVision’s Board of Directors. Proceeds from the round will accelerate AnyVision’s product innovation in edge computing and Access Point AI used to optimize touchless access control, video surveillance, and watchlist alerting. This same platform will drive operational insights including occupancy analytics, people counting, and dwell times as well as flag potentially dangerous behavior.

“AnyVision’s innovations in Recognition AI helped transform passive cameras into proactive security systems and empowered organizations take a more holistic view to advanced security threats,” said AnyVision’s CEO Avi Golan. “The Access Point AI platform is designed to protect people, places, and privacy while simultaneously reducing costs, power, bandwidth, and operational complexity.”

To increase its market reach, AnyVision has forged strategic relationships with several key partners in this space including Honeywell, Schneider Electric, Boon Edam, Ambarella, and Nvidia as well as a number of key regional system integrators. In terms of technology validation, AnyVision achieved top rankings across all five categories in the 1:1 verification in the Face Recognition Vendor Test conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The company was also named as one of the Top 10 Facial Recognition Companies to Look For in 2021 by Analytics Insights.

IDnow supports European digital identity ecosystem

IDnow supports European digital identity ecosystem

IDnow, a leading European Platform-as-a-Service provider for identity verification, announces its participation in the IDunion network, which aims to build an open ecosystem for decentralised identity management.For the IDunion network, central aspects of implementation are security, cost-effectiveness, user-friendliness and privacy compliant use of identity data.

IDnow has joined forces with other industry experts through IDunion to drive a shared vision of digital identities that is aligned with European values and regulations.

“We are excited to play a key role in shaping the future of digital identities in Europe with our partners at IDunion and looking forward to working together on secure and economical solutions,” says Armin Bauer, Managing Director Technology and Co-Founder of IDnow. “The introduction of a digital identity solution is an important and necessary step for Europe. After the publication of the EU decision on the EU Digital Identity Wallet, we now need to think about a unified infrastructure,” adds Armin Bauer.

Since its foundation, IDnow has been working closely with various regulatory authorities across Europe and supporting standardisation working groups such as the FIDO Alliance or ETSI’s Special Task Force 588 to develop new standards with its expertise.

As one of the European market leaders in the field of digital identification, IDnow is working on a technology to implement digital wallets. With this technology, users’ data is stored securely on the user’s smartphone in compliance with data protection laws. By means of fingerprint or facial recognition (touch or face ID), the data is released for identification.

The user retains control over his or her own data at all times. As a certified identification service (“Registration Authority”) according to §24 1 d) eIDAS and as one of the largest providers of eIDs, the online ID function, IDnow is ideally positioned to provide all citizens and companies with an identity within the framework of a digital identity wallet in the future.

Within IDunion, IDnow’s goal is to make the wallet technology compatible with the standards of the IDunion network.Over the past few years, IDnow has expanded its role far beyond offering individual ident procedures and has become the overarching platform for digital identities with several million transactions per year. In 2021, IDnow acquired the French market leader in identity technology, ARIADNEXT as well as German identity Trust Management AG. This enables IDnow to expand into new industries and offer its services to a broader customer base in Europe.

Vision-Box and Finland deploy EU Entry/Exit system

Vision-Box and Finland deploy EU Entry/Exit system

Vision-Box, a world leader in biometrics seamless travel, automated border control and digital identity solutions has announced that the company, along with the Finnish Border Guard (RAJA), are implementing the first EU Entry/Exit System (EES) project inside the Schengen area. It aims at modernising and expanding the existing border control infrastructure and increasing operational efficiency at Helsinki Airport, while guaranteeing compliance to the EU regulatory framework.

The EES is a landmark initiative set to replace traditional border controls of Third-Country Nationals with fully digital passenger processing and automated biometric data collection in 2022.Vision-Box was contracted by RAJA to deliver a scalable system that allowed Finland to implement Smart Borders at Helsinki Airport, ensuring adherence to EU regulations on biometric and biographic data capture at entry and exit of the Schengen area, supporting officers in their duty and enhancing operational efficiency. The long-term partnership between Vision-Box and RAJA has enabled Finland to cement itself as a Smart Borders pioneer which will prove pivotal ahead of the mandatory EES in 2022. Following a successful tender award, this project was executed in phases by RAJA and Vision-Box starting in early 2019, at Helsinki Airport, the country’s biggest and busiest airport. Helsinki Airport (Finavia) and RAJA will operate in a transitional protocol up until the EES goes live in 2022. RAJA has already started using the solution with transitional workflows which include the self-service processing of physical visas for TCN-VH (Visa Holders).

Amidst the pandemic, Vision-Box and RAJA plan on executing the last phase of the programme between the second semester of 2021 and first quarter of 2022, ensuring that Helsinki Airport will be fully ready for the 2022 deadline.Vision-Box provided last-generation hardware for pre-enrolment, automated and manual border crossing, sustained by its Orchestra™ Identity & Border Management Platform. This is offering RAJA with an end-to-end solution, that is human-centred, including automatic and assisted capture of regulatory information, ingest, process and control of all required data while guaranteeing GDPR compliance at every step of the journey.The new infrastructure offers a suite of digital tools that reduces or eliminates passenger contact with touchscreen surfaces, unleash the power of contactless biometric identification to minimize physical interaction with airport and border control officers, thus providing a safe travel experience.

Further relevant details and practical elements of the successful implementation are now available through a dedicated case-study which is made available to all border control communities at the same time of this present announcement. The case-study is made available here: http://hub.vision-box.com/finish-border-guard-case-studySpeaking about the program, Jeff Lennon, Vice President Strategic Sales and Global Partnerships at Vision-Box, said: “Finland has become the Smart Borders pioneer by implementing the first EES project inside the Schengen space, leveraging Vision-Box’s expertise and innovative solutions. The country is now the reference for a successful, secure, safe, and compliant solution for EES’ enablement at air borders.By unleashing the power of Orchestra, sustained by last generation touchpoints and our Visiontec biometric matching engine, together with RAJA we have designed a touchless experience which allows to consume pre-enrolled information to offer on-the-move contactless clearance at all border crossing points. This is the first time in the world that such a process is made available at scale. We are glad that we can share some of the lessons learned through the publication of a dedicated case-study which hopefully will help other border authorities in their future projects”

Pasi Nokelainen, System Manager for Border Checks of RAJA said: “This challenging, and in many aspects, ground-breaking project has required dedication and hard work from both parties. The Vision-Box team have proved in time its dedication and professionalism to deliver as agreed.The EES solution for Helsinki airport has been developed in close-knit cooperation. Defining the processes together has given us all a deep insight and technical abilities to implement a solution compliant with the EES processes and legislation.

With the solution and devices, we are looking forward to the future challenges with confidence”With the industry expected to resume travel as restrictions begin to ease, Vision-Box’s technology is proving crucial in guaranteeing a safe and efficient travel process. In addition to its work with RAJA, Vision-Box has also launched an innovative contactless biometrics land border pilot in Bulgaria with Frontex and local authorities in June 2021, Automated Border eGates at Malta International Airport, , implemented an integrated Biometric experience for Emirates Airline at Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport, and secured a regional strategic partnership with AirAsia Group, to implement industry leading, identity management technology across its network of 152 airports

SITA upgrades passenger processing at Prague airport

SITA upgrades passenger processing at Prague airport

SITA today announced that it has implemented its new-generation of passenger processing infrastructure at Václav Havel Airport Prague, paving the way to a completely touchless, mobile passenger journey at the airport in future.SITA’s new TS6 Kiosks work in harmony with SITA’s next-generation SITA Flex, offering a fluid and intuitive experience for passengers and increased agility for the airport.Beyond optimizing the current experience for passengers, SITA’s next-generation platform empowers Prague Airport to move from the traditional passenger journey to a more efficient and seamless digital passenger journey using mobile, self-service and automated solutions on-site and off-site. This means in the future passengers will be able to complete various steps in the journey such as check-in and bag drop from their mobile phone or using their biometric identity, improving passenger satisfaction and streamlining the flow of passengers through the airport.

Part of this solution is the deployment of 35 versatile SITA TS6 check-in kiosks that allow passengers to check in with ease and, with the support of SITA Flex, enjoy a unified experience no matter which airline they are flying. The new SITA TS6 kiosk was the winner of the 2021 IF Design award for the slick, sustainable, and adaptive design, which can be customized to fit with the airport’s brand design and specific customer needs. The kiosks are complemented by overhead displays and integrate with SITA Flex and represents the future of passenger processing, providing a consistent user experience across platforms.SITA Flex, which designed to be cloud-based, can be switched on the moment an airline develops a cloud-based app. As a result, airlines can transform their passengers’ journeys, building on or tailoring existing passenger processing infrastructure and software.

Martin Kucera, Director of Prague Airport Operations, said: “This investment in our terminal infrastructure is as much about today’s requirements as it is about preparing us for a new automated and more digitalized passenger journey in the future. Based on the open tender, SITA has offered us a long-term solution that allows us to bring even better customer experience to our passengers while using the maximum functionality of the technology implemented at Prague Airport, the gateway to the Czech Republic.”Prague Airport repeatedly received the Airport Service Quality Award in its category, presented annually by the Airports Council International (ACI) to the best airports with the highest provable level of customer satisfaction.

In 2020, the biggest and the most important international airport in the Czech Republic was also awarded by the Voice of Customer Award for its approach in helping passengers during COVID-19 crisis and was certificated with ACI Airport Health Accreditation. Every year, this international airport looks after millions of passengers, connecting Prague directly with more than 100 destinations.Sergio Colella, SITA President for Europe, said: “The pressure the pandemic poses on the industry is severe and the challenges to face are complex. Airports must manage the current financial strain from low flight volumes while also readying themselves for future sustainable growth. With this deployment of SITA Flex and TS6 Kiosks, we’re proud to support Prague Airport in addressing both challenges, and we’re excited to see passengers return to safer, smarter and more seamless air travel.”

ARIADNEXT and IDnow reveal merger

IDnow, a German-based leader in identity verification-as a-service solutions, today announced that it has agreed to acquire ARIADNEXT, a French company specializing in remote identity verification and digital identity creation. With IDnow and ARIADNEXT joining forces, the companies can provide one comprehensive identity verification platform, ranging from AI driven to human-assisted technology and from online to point-of-sale verification options. The combination further increases the services IDnow offers to the UK, French and German markets, as well as to international customers with identity verification needs across several jurisdictions and use cases. On the back of strong adoption of digital identity products, IDnow expects to increase revenue 3x in 2021 versus 2019 and is on track to continue accelerating this growth momentum. Since the beginning of the pandemic, IDnow has seen an extraordinary increase in demand for their solutions. IDnow's products have been used 200% more compared to last year and many companies have decided to switch to fully digital application processes. The integration of ARIADNEXT, whose service usage has increased more than 130% per year over the last 5 years, will help to meet this rising demand by providing an outstanding, frictionless user experience. "This combination with ARIADNEXT is an important step towards our vision of building the pan European leader for identity verification-as-a-service solutions," said Andreas Bodczek, CEO of IDnow. "Identity verification saw a major turn towards digitalization over the past decade and this trend has been further accelerated by the pandemic. It is now critical for banks, insurers, mobility companies and others to shift towards safe, automated solutions. With ARIADNEXT, in addition to our recent acquisition of identity Trust Management AG, IDnow can provide our customers with an even broader suite of products through a single platform with a seamless user experience." "We are looking forward to joining a team of IDnow's caliber, combining our experience and skills to work towards our shared vison of providing a pan-European secure and future-proof solution to customers," said Guillaume Despagne, President of ARIADNEXT. "With a strong presence in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Poland and Romania, our combined product portfolios create an unmatched platform for customers across the European market." IDnow will retain ARIADNEXT's locations in Rennes, Paris, Madrid, Bucharest, Iasi and Warsaw, as well as its over 125 employees. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals.

Thales tech optimises air passenger experience

As airports prepare for the busy summer period, they are facing a new set of challenges; dealing with the public health crisis and complying with new regulations on freedom of movement within the Schengen Area. Thales technologies enable airport operators, airlines and border officials to enhance the travel experience and increase security at four main points around the airport.Secure check-inPassengers can check in remotely from any location (home, hotel, etc.) using their airline's mobile app. The identity of each individual can then be instantly verified with face recognition software, using a combination of a selfie taken by the passenger, liveness detection and a document authenticity check. The face recognition solution checks approximately 40 points on the passenger's face and issues an alert if there is any doubt about their identity.Based on this identity verification and facial biometrics, a temporary digital token is then created for each passenger. The passenger's face then identifies them at check-in, bag drop-off, security, passport control and the boarding gate, removing the need to show a ticket and ID card at each checkpoint. The system analyses the facial features of an individual in real time, even when they are wearing a surgical mask, and matches it to the corresponding digital identity in the system. No personal data or photos are stored; an encrypted code created during check-in is the only reference the system requires.Passengers are identified at the boarding gate in less than a secondDuring boarding, passengers are instantly identified by face recognition, without needing to remove their masks or show their boarding passes. In some cases, ground staff may be required to ask a passenger to show their health pass, which can be stored in a digital ID wallet on their smartphone, to prove their vaccination status, PCR test results, etc. This mobile ID wallet protects the passengers' personal data and certifies the authenticity, validity and integrity of the health data. Health passes can also be authenticated when passengers check in before arriving at the airport.This biometric solution for boarding gates reduces boarding times by one-third. The system erases the temporary token once the aircraft has taken off.Smart airport operations to optimise the flow of passengersHigh-tech solutions from Thales also help to manage airport operations at numerous destinations. The Group provides airport operators with smart solutions and decision support tools that help them optimise and control passenger flows inside the terminal (from the entrance to the boarding and/or arrival gate). Using high-performance algorithms, these tools and solutions enable airport operators and other stakeholders to model flight arrivals and departures as well as other airport data and run simulations. Based on those simulations, they can anticipate possible travel disruptions (late or cancelled flights) and adjust resource availability on the ground to improve the passenger experience and reduce waiting times.New border kiosks to simplify passport control for non-European nationalsUnder the new requirements for member states of the Schengen Area, non-European nationals arriving in France will soon be able to use Thales's self-service border kiosks to pre-register their identity, including their biometric data (fingerprint and facial biometrics), in less than one minute.Pre-registration offers time savings of 30% at passport control. The system software is optimised for ultra-rapid document authentication and fraud detection. Several ports of entry (airports, ports, train stations) are due to be equipped with Thales' border kiosks between now and May 2022."For several decades, Thales has been helping to manage and secure sensitive infrastructure like stations, sports arenas and other major cultural venues. With its expertise in new technologies such as AI, deep learning and biometrics, boosted by the acquisition of Gemalto in 2019, Thales is in a position to provide airports and their ecosystems with new ways to increase operational efficiency, better protect the health and safety of passengers and enhance the travel experience. Thales technologies offer secure solutions that simplify the passenger experience while guaranteeing that personal data is protected and managed with complete transparency." Philippe Keryer, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Research and Technology, Thales

Dominica biometric passport ready for launch

The government of the Commonwealth of Dominic has announced the launch of its new biometric passport effective from July 19th, 2021. Those who have already applied for their Dominican passport can choose to wait for a biometric one, and those applying for passport renewal will now be issued the new version. The procedure for changing old passports to the new biometric passport will be circulated in due time.Biometric passports add a number of new security features to the traditional passport, with an embedded microchip containing the holder's personal data, including facial, fingerprint, and iris information. This makes the document much more difficult for fraudsters and criminals to replicate compared to information on a printed page. Holders of Dominica's biometric passport can also use the ePassport gates at border control for faster entry into their destination. While speaking about the matter last year, the Minister for National Security and Home Affairs, Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore said this initiative would enhance the country's border security features, create a watchlist for persons of interest, and keep officers apprised of information on passengers and cargo entering the country. Dominica is one of the few countries in the Caribbean to undertake such improvement.Those who hold the Dominican passport enjoy hassle-free entry into over 140 countries and territories around the world. The country also offers the world's best citizenship by investment programme, allowing investors who have undergone rigorous security checks by on-the-ground and external agencies to become Dominica's citizens.Applicants can either contribute to the Economic Diversification Fund or invest in pre-approved real estate, and those who become citizens can enjoy the rights of working, studying, and living in Dominica. CBI funds are used to transform Dominica's economy and revitalise the quality of life of its citizens. For the last four years, Dominica is ranked as the world's best offering for CBI by experts at the Financial Times' Professional Wealth Management magazine. The report highlights the programme's extensive due diligence procedures, affordability and efficiency as some of the reasons for its success.

HID Global expands access control offering

Users of secure credential technologies increasingly want more choices so they can meet the specific needs of a growing variety of applications. Continuing its commitment to providing these options, HID Global, a leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced the most feature-rich implementation of the latest MIFARE DESFire EV3 credential."Our credential based on NXP MIFARE DESFire EV3 delivers this technology's full range of advanced security and privacy capabilities and reinforces them with HID's powerful model for identity data protection," said Harm Radstaak, Senior Vice President and Head of Physical Access Control Solutions with HID Global. "This latest addition to our portfolio underscores HID's commitment to continually expand our credential offering with solutions that are easy to customize, deploy and maintain. It helps organizations further streamline security through a simple framework that supports multiple form factors and communication protocols."HID's credential based on MIFARE DESFire EV3 implements the technology's full range of capabilities including AES128 encryption, a secure channel for protecting card data from man-in-the-middle attacks, and a random unique identifier (UID) for protecting user privacy. The credential works with readers based on MIFARE DESFire EV1 and EV2 products and is interoperable with HID® Signo™, iCLASS SE®, and multiCLASS SE® readers. In addition to choosing standard or custom security profiles to meet their specific needs, users can take advantage of HID's Secure Identity Object™ (SIO®) model that protects a credential's identity data through key diversification, authentication signatures, and encryption.Users can create multi-technology cards with HID's credential based on NXP MIFARE DESFire EV3 to provide a smooth migration path from vulnerable legacy, low-frequency 125 kHz-based systems to modern and secure credential technology. "The MIFARE DESFire EV3, with its enhanced feature set and multi-application support, reflects NXP's continued commitment to secure, connected and convenient contactless smart city services." said Philippe Dubois, Vice President and General Manager Secure Edge Identification at NXP. "We are happy to provide faster and secure contactless access solutions together with HID."HID's credential option based on MIFARE DESFire EV3 joins the company's Seos credential to provide robust high-frequency technology choices. Seos credential technology enables the first and only finished physical access control card certified by independent security laboratory TÜV Informationstechnik (TÜViT) and supports the broadest range of migration scenarios. Both credential technologies are based on peer-reviewed global standards and offer essential security features like secure messaging, mutual authentication and calculating card-specific keys which are bound to specific applications. Seos also enables form factors including mobile and wearable options and power applications beyond traditional access control, from secure printing and cashless vending to network logins and time and attendance.

ZetesConfidens provides digital trust services for Belgium

ZetesConfidens, Zetes' business unit dedicated to the securisation of digital transactions, has been selected by the Belgian Authorities to provide digital trust services for the Digital COVID Certificate (DCC). Belgium's DCC was launched on June 16th via a mobile application that can be used by any Belgian citizen to travel around Europe. Voted by the European Parliament earlier this year, the aim of the Digital COVID Certificate is to provide a common solution to all EU citizens to allow them to easily prove their health status. As from July 1st, the DCC will be mandatory for anyone wishing to enter an EU country. As for any proof of identity, data correctness and tamper proofing are centre stage. With the ZetesConfidens Trust Services the content of each individual certificate, encoded in a QR code, is electronically signed so that no fake information can be spread. The principle is similar to that of ePassports. In both documents, personal data is protected and, when read, the information is guaranteed authentic and originated from a trusted party. This method allows a correct usage of the Belgian DCC when travelling Europe.The Zetes solution also enables the Belgian government to significantly reduce the dimensions of the QR code which allows optimal readability of the DCC certificate regardless of form factor (smartphones and others). Given the extremely short deadlines Member States had to deal with, the implementation needed to happen very quickly. A challenge ZetesConfidens was able to address due to its available PKI infrastructure. The setup was completed in less than a week. This allowed Belgium to be accepted on the European gateway, which has been put in place to exchange trust information of the DCC among Member States. The gateway is essential to ensure interoperability, so that DCCs can be verified across the EU, whatever the issuing country.Ronny Depoortere, Senior VP of Zetes People ID, declares: "We are very happy to be involved in this project, which confirms our role as a key partner for the Belgian authorities for all their ID schemes. The ZetesConfidens business unit was created in 2018 and its QTSP status has allowed it to deliver qualified trust services for both the Belgian eID and the Belgian epassport, two documents which are also being produced by Zetes. We are looking forward to assisting any other EU country that is still in the process of completing its DCC solution or external countries that are willing to comply with the EU requirements. Our DCC offering ranges from QR code issuing, over trust services and a Digital Health Pass application, to a verification solution."

IDEMIA brings biometric boarding to LAX

IDEMIA is facilitating a facial recognition system to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) increase air passengers' security and border control at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), one of the busiest airports in the world. The technology has been deployed in LAX's new West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal and is a one-stop safety solution for passengers, airlines, and airports alike.The deployment is part of a contract awarded by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to EASIER, a leader in e-gate technology. In alignment with protection measures defined by the U.S. Congress, passengers will now get to experience a faster, more accurate, and touchless boarding experience. LAX is just one of multiple airports where IDEMIA's facial recognition technology is deployed in conjunction with CBP and an example of the long-term commitment to provide secure and effective passenger facilitation technologies. "With IDEMIA's advanced facial recognition technology, which was ranked #1 in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) latest Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT), airports will be equipped to deliver the best-in-class passenger experience utilizing our accurate and responsible system." Lisa Sullivan, VP Travel and Transport of IDEMIA North America. "We are delighted to support LAWA, U.S. Customs and more than 50 airlines in achieving their goal of helping passengers travel safely," explains Ludovic Libeski, Managing Director of EASIER. "Faced with an unprecedented health crisis, EASIER teams and our partner IDEMIA mobilized to ensure a large-scale deployment of solutions at the largest Origin & Destination airport in the United States and to improve the passenger experience." IDEMIA does not store private passenger information and CBP conducts biometric matching in the cloud. U.S. citizens can choose to opt out of the facial image capture and instead be processed by airline agents with a passport and boarding pass.

Vision-Box and partners deliver Frontex trial in Bulgaria

Vision-Box, a world leader in biometrics seamless travel, automated border control and digital identity solutions has announced the launch of a Frontex awarded trial to implement an innovative pilot project at two land borders in Bulgaria, in the context of the EU Entry/Exit System (EES). The EES is a landmark framework set to replace traditional border controls of Third-Country Nationals with interoperable digital data processing and automated biometric data collection in 2022. The Frontex pilot, which went live in June 2021 in Bulgaria in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and the Border Police will be for coaches, cars and pedestrians at entry of Kapitan Andreevo BCP from Turkey for phase 1, and exit at Kalotina BCP to Serbia for phase 2. The implementation of the EES will influence the flow of travellers and the technology deployed at the border to collect the required data, in order to cope with the variety of sites and related complexities. This effect will possibly be more important at the EU land border crossings, which are more constrained environments as compared with airports and ports, as many travellers arrive in their vehicles. Therefore, the introduction of EES will have a significant impact on travellers' flow at those border crossing points (BCP). The purpose of the pilot project is to deliver a Self-Service Enrolment System to enable travellers to perform a self-service collection of travel document data, biometric data and other information (e.g., questionnaire on entry conditions). It also executes real-time intensive queries into the Bulgarian national border control systems, in combination with an EU EES backend simulator. After the Enrolment, travellers are invited to go to an open corridor and be identified On-the-Move to directly cross the Border, or to be redirected to the manual control booth to be verified by a border guard with last generation Coppernic handheld technology. The secured linkage and encrypted communications with the national and EU border control systems, performing border checks on all travellers and EES registration/verification on third country nationals, is jointly performed by Vision-Box and the respective border agencies. The EES Frontex pilot applies to short stay visa and visa-exempt third country nationals as well as EU citizens entering or leaving the European Union. The pilot ecosystem (enrolment kiosks, biometric corridor, handheld tablets) is powered by Vision-Box's award-winning Orchestra™ Identity & Border Management Platform. Orchestra™ removes the time-consuming task of manual data collection and verification, meaning that travellers do not need to physically interact with touchpoints or manually exchange travel documents and biometrics at counters. The whole process leverages identity and biometrics' tokenization to digitize the operation in a touchless manner. This also reduces long queuing at checkpoints and curtails crowding at clearance hotspots, allowing travellers to navigate the border a lot quicker and safely with biometric recognition technology. Facial recognition biometrics offers the highest level of convenience for traveller identity proofing, in compliance with the EU regulations, combined with touchless fingerprint sensors for combined verification against the EU EES biometric backend systems. The solution drives significant improvements over traditional manual and touch-based identification procedures in terms of hygiene, accuracy, and privacy protections.The powerful Orchestra™ Service Platform is compliant with EU GDPR regulations through its unique Privacy-by-Design certification. It operates under user-centric business rules and is the kernel of the advanced management of Identity proofing and Flow Monitoring of traveller processes at the border. The platform's powerful capability allows it to process the full extent of national border passenger volume, thanks to its future-proof scalable design and resilient architecture.For this pilot delivery, Vision-Box has hired the services of PwC Luxembourg, in order to help sustain the definition of the use cases, their testing, and overall pilot reporting. In addition, Bulgarian system integrator – Global Sat, is supporting Vision-Box in the deployment of the solution on the ground and its maintenance during the overall 6 months' operation of the two pilot phases at the two different land borders.Speaking about the pilot project, Jeff Lennon, Vice President Strategic Sales & Global Partnerships at Vision-Box, said: "We are thrilled to run this Frontex pilot for exploring the future of EES in Bulgaria and Europe, in partnership with the Ministry of Interior and the Border Police as long-time customers, PwC and Global Sat. This innovative undertaking will allow all of us to stress-test ground-breaking technology in a very challenging environment, yet at a small scale. It will also help us establish the foundations for expanding the technology at national level for any type of land border environment, minimizing the footprint of the solution at stake while maximizing the process efficiency for the border guards and the travellers. This is also a great opportunity for understanding the flow of border-crossings at two of the largest EU land border sites, to effectively expand our solutions in the EU context for Smart Borders as we are already doing in Finland since 2019 among other EES projects with additional member states."Serge Hanssens, Partner at PwC for Smart Borders said: "Frontex and Bulgarian's authorities collaborate in testing the European Entry Exit System (EES) at two critical land border control points in Europe. This is a unique opportunity and milestone to try out these new processes in real conditions. PwC Luxembourg is so pleased to be part of the adventure supporting Frontex and Bulgarian's authorities to make the EES deployment a success; securing the entry and exit to the European Schengen Area of all third country nationals."Tsvetan Mutafchiev, Executive Director at Global Sat said: "We at Global Sat are excited to be part of this very innovative PoC project. EU land border crossings create a number of new challenges for automated border control due to the specifics introduced by different types of vehicles used by passengers. We do believe that the pilot project will successfully prove the concept of the Vision Box's platform and will also provide valuable feedback from Bulgarian border police officers. The implementation of self-service enrolment systems, when applied in full scale at the EU's external borders, will facilitate efforts against illegal migration and will contribute to the security of European countries with a full commitment to personal data protection. The Global Sat team is proud to be at the forefront of this endeavour. With our experience as a system integrator, we will continue to contribute to its success."

Oasis Smart SIM partners with ARIADNEXT,

Oasis Smart SIM, GSMA-Certified expert in eSIM technology, officially announces its partnership with ARIADNEXT, a leading European provider of digital identification services, to provide a more secure and seamless eSIM digital onboarding solution. Together with Mobilise, leading telecommunications software provider, the three actors offer an integrated eSIM digital solution, enabling mobile network operators (MNOs) and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) to quickly enter the eSIM marketplace with a digital-first user-centric offer requiring minimal integration, meeting consumer's needs for digital and seamless services and keeping out fraudsters.Shipments of eSIM-based devices will reach almost two billion units by 2025, with a majority of smartphones up to Counterpoint Research. This acceleration of demand also converges with a rise in the use of digital channels to make telco-related purchases, as consumers expect ever-more rapid and seamless delivery of their products. Oasis Smart SIM and ARIADNEXT want to offer a complete eSIM solution for Service Providers that will provide digital-first experiences to their users while preventing fraud and applying regulations such as the GDPR or AML-CFT.The union of the two European leading solutions will answer the core capabilities operators needs to offer eSIM services to digitally-savvy users. Oasis Smart SIM's GSMA-certified Subscription Manager Data Preparation (DP+) will enable Service Providers to onboard eSIM-enabled smartphones on their network. ARIADNEXT's cutting-edge digital identification solution will allow customers to easily verify their identity, complete their contract online and start using mobile services soon after they complete their application, without needing to wait to receive their SIM card nor to complete a lengthy KYC process offline. ARIADNEXT's eKYC services and Oasis Smart SIM's eSIM infrastructures are integrated within a white-labelled digital platform designed by Mobilise, enabling Service Providers to offer entirely digital journeys for their subscribers Jonathan KENDALL, COO of Oasis Smart SIM, comments: "In today's digital age, users should be able to easily onboard their service provider's services with user experience, seamlessness and with security at the forefront. eSIM, combined with powerful value-added services like eKYC, has the power to turn mobile carriers into providers of experience that finally meet and respond to the needs of their users." "Telecom operators were the early adopters of our solutions. Today, thanks to the combination of our KYC solution with the Oasis Smart SIM's eSIM solution, ARIADNEXT is proud to meet the new digital challenges in the telecom sector" adds Guillaume DESPAGNE, CEO of ARIADNEXT.With Oasis Smart SIM's eSIM services, ARIADNEXT's eKYC solution and Mobilise's digital platform combined into an integrated solution, telecom operators and consumers longer have to compromise on customer experience, digitization, accuracy, and security. This solution provides unique features such as In-App Provisioning, which eliminates the need for QR codes or out-of-the-app eSIM activation, enabling a truly transformative user experience.