IDEMIA PreCheck enrollment initiative expands to more US airports

IDEMIA PreCheck enrollment initiative expands to more US airports

Because a first pilot was so successful, IDEMIA is now launching its new PreCheck enrollment initiative in Jackson, MS, at Louisville’s Muhammed Ali International Airport (SDF) next week for another two-week pilot program.

There are more markets on the way including Nashville and Gulfport later this month. The SDF program kicks off with a press event on Monday, May 2 and launches for travelers on May 5.   

The system can help those travelling to the 148th annual Kentucky Derby enrollment in TSA PreCheck without an appointment to:

  • Receive Known Traveler Number (KTN) within 3 to 5 days.  
  • The new initiative will be available at SDF from May 5 through May 16. 
  • Teams will be stationed at carts equipped to enroll passengers throughout the airport.  
  • IDEMIA will be testing the program across three operational scenarios: pre-security, post-security and in the gate area. 
  • First piloted at the Jackson Medgar Evers Wiley International Airport (JAN) in Mississippi in March 2022. 


IDEMIA’s biotechnology plays a pivotal role in all aspects of the secure identification of travelers throughout their whole airport experience.  


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).


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.

New National Security Solutions CEO For IDEMIA North America

New National Security Solutions CEO For IDEMIA North America

IDEMIA National Security Solutions (NSS), a subsidiary of IDEMIA, a leading biometric and identity solutions provider, announced today the appointment of Patrick Clancey as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Clancey has over 18 years of experience in the biometrics industry. Prior to joining NSS, Clancey served as Vice President of Strategy and Programs and Chief of Staff for IDEMIA’s Global Digital Platforms organization. Clancey was integral in the creation of NSS, dating back to 2017 when he was the Vice President of Operations, spearheading strategic initiatives and deploying its classification as Foreign Ownership, Control or Influence (FOCI)-mitigated under a Special Security Agreement.

“We look at this as a homecoming for Patrick, as he was one of the individuals who helped create NSS,” said David Langstaff, Chairman of the NSS Board of Directors. “He is a leading biometrics and digital identity subject matter expert and will help position NSS for its exponential growth in the years to come. He brings a track record of accomplishment and a reputation for leadership and integrity that will enable NSS to continue to serve its customers at the highest levels.”

Clancey also serves as a board member for the Kantara Initiative and FIDO Alliance and is the former Chairman of the Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin Center for Identity. He began his career in the private sector with Booz Allen Hamilton, after serving as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army.

“To return to NSS as the CEO is an extraordinary opportunity. I’m looking forward to continuing our incredible growth, delivering our best-in-class products and services to enable our customer’s missions, and expanding the NSS reputation as a trusted partner across the broader federal landscape,” said Patrick Clancey, CEO, NSS.

BAXE partners with IDEMIA and Haventec

BAXE partners with IDEMIA and Haventec

BAXE, an Australian FinTech, has partnered with IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, and Haventec, an Australian software company that decentralises sensitive data and credentials, to launch the first decentralised blockchain ecosystem using a facial authentication solution for identity verification in Australia. With this solution, BAXE users around the world will be able to authenticate high-value transactions, reclaim lost passwords or regain access to locked accounts using their face as a secure identification method. This solution will enable face verification in just a matter of seconds, resulting in faster, seamless service.

Haventec’s platform will be integrated into IDEMIA’s Identity Management platform, which helps BAXE securely store and manage the created digital identities. Utilising IDEMIA’s Identity Management solution provides BAXE with the ability to create, store and manage digital identities in a secure space with high assurance. This simplifies the digital identity authentication processes and helps comply with various Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and data privacy regulations.

Supported by IDEMIA, the biometric authentication solution is designed to streamline the re-identification process for BAXE users, eliminating traditionally lengthy verification processes, such as having to contact support teams and manually re-verify identity to approve transactions and restore account access.

With Australians increasingly embracing digital financial services, the time is right for the user experience to evolve as well. Traditionally, financial services are highly dependent on authentication for security and manual verification can be very time-consuming. Our solution will address these issues as it leverages biometric technology to ensure security while greatly enhancing convenience. It was important for us to work with proven technology partners to bring this vision to life, and IDEMIA was the natural choice for their distinguished track record in digital identity management.
Dylan Blankenship CTO of BAXE

BAXE is currently developing an extensive ecosystem of applications across a decentralised finance (DeFi) blockchain network. With the highest degree of personal security and privacy at the forefront of design, the BAXE applications consist of communications, storage, payments, ecommerce applications. Through this ecosystem, BAXE offers users products and services to invest, buy, sell and trade within the emerging web 3.0 digital economy. BAXE will use Haventec’s Authenticate platform to perform two-factor authentication within the ecosystem, which includes a facial authentication check via a self-taken photo.

As the world becomes more digitized, so too will our identities. It is more important than ever for companies to take the necessary steps to secure the protection of the digital identities of their users in order to maintain trust in the relationship. Through our world-class Identity Management platform, IDEMIA is pleased to support BAXE and Haventec in delivering a revolutionary new authentication solution for users in Australia, which enables them to reap the twin benefits of convenience and security via innovation.
Alexi Paxinos, Head of the Digital Business Unit, Australia and New Zealand, at IDEMIA

There is no more sensitive data than that which defines your identity in the digital realm, and data protection must be a core focus of any modern digital innovation to boost user confidence. With the rolling key encryption and multi-factor protection of our Authenticate platform, we decentralise digital identities to ensure maximum security. It is our pleasure to collaborate with fellow technology partners IDEMIA and BAXE to bring truly cutting-edge innovations to life and ensure that they are protected against modern digital threats for better resilience.
David Maunsell, CEO of Haventec

IDEMIA launches a new generation of MorphoWave terminals

IDEMIA launches a new generation of MorphoWave terminals

IDEMIA, a global leader in Augmented Identity, innovates to offer ever more complete and adapted solutions to its consumers. With MorphoWave, users simply wave their hands in a quick and easy gesture to have their four fingerprints 3D-scanned and verified in less than one second.

Launched in 2016, the MorphoWave technology has proven a great success—it is powered through several generations with more than 15,000 gates throughout the world.

In 2022, two new versions will be available for worldwide deployment:

  • MorphoWave™ XP X-tended Performance provides a 20% increase in performance compared with the previous generation, itself recognized as one of the best in the world in the latest NIST rankings. It accomodates demanding deployments with up to 60 users per minute and up to 100,000 user records. Its large color display is ideal for brand customization and user interaction as well as time and attendance management use cases.
  • MorphoWave™ SP Simplified Profile, offers all the essence of MorphoWave to make IDEMIA space security solutions accessible to a larger number of players: smaller installations and companies with less demanding requirements with up to 40 users per minute and up to 10,000 user records.

Both versions leverage the “plug & play” features of Compact, including software integrations with 20 leading access control platforms as well as physical integrations with leading gates/turnstiles manufacturers to enable simpler and more cost-effective deployments.

These two new products incorporate the most advanced biometric algorithms we have ever created, continuing the tradition of our award-winning solutions in the market. We are the only manufacturer of physical access control terminals to undergo such rigorous testing, demonstrating the reliability of our solutions. We will continue to invest in research for greater accuracy and security.
Yves Portalier, Executive VP Biometric Devices at IDEMIA


Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport launches facial recognition trial

Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport launches facial recognition trial

Aena, together with Vueling and the group of technology companies formed by Easier, IDEMIA, Indra, Materna-ips and Mobbeel, has launched a pilot boarding test through facial recognition at the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport. It is the first time that it has been carried out in Europe integrating in a single process all the steps to be carried out by a passenger at an airport, including the check-in of the suitcase as a novelty. The objective is that passengers can make the entire route to the plane without having to show identification documentation.

Based on an identification technology through the recognition of the physical and non-transferable characteristics of people, the biometric systems equipment has been located in the check-in area, allowing self-check-in luggage; at the access to the security filter and at the boarding gate, where the biometric data of the passenger, their facial features (image of their face) and documentation (ID or passport) will be validated. This makes it possible to streamline the process and increase security from the moment the traveler registers online at home until he catches his flight. The validation of documentation with biometric data is carried out only once during the pilot, provided that the passenger gives his consent for subsequent flights.

Currently Aena is the sole owner of the biometric database and, therefore, responsible for its management, and the information obtained is treated in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (RGPD) established in European Regulation 2016/679 regarding treatment of personal data and the free circulation of said data.

Joint project of Vueling and Aena

This collaboration project between Vueling and Aena began several months ago with airline passengers on the Barcelona-Malaga route. This is the most complete pilot test being carried out at an Aena airport, as it includes biometric technology in 4 travel processes: check-in, baggage check-in, security filter and boarding.  

In order to access the plane “by the face”, the passenger must access the Aena app, enter the “facial recognition” section and complete the form. The registration can also be carried out physically at the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport in two kiosks located in front of gate B35 and in the Vueling self-check-in area. 

Thus, passengers will be able to exclusively access both the security control filters and the boarding gate on the Barcelona-Malaga route and enjoy more agile access. In addition, they will have the option of leaving their suitcase at the agentless self-check-in belt (self bag drop), simply with facial recognition. 

Passengers can take part in this pilot program on a voluntary basis and travel in a more agile, efficient and contactless way. 

The Director of Innovation, Sustainability and Customer Experience and CGO of Aena , Amparo Brea, has pointed out that “this project, framed in Aena’s Strategic Innovation Plan, is the last step in a set of actions led by the company since the beginning of 2019 and aimed at testing the use of biometric systems at different points of the airport. We are convinced that this technology will significantly improve the passenger experience at our airports and these projects allow us to advance in its deployment. We provide passengers with tools that allow them to carry out part of the documentation checks that are currently being carried out in airport procedures, so that their passage through the airport is safer, more fluid and more comfortable ”.

According to Calum Laming, Vueling Chief Customer Officer , “being able to offer such a complete biometric experience confirms our desire to improve the experience of our customers at the airport, and also favors a much more agile and modern flow of customers. This is a project with a high technological component, a key element in Vueling Transform and in our digitization strategy to improve service and so that customers can manage their travel experience with greater autonomy and flexibility ”. In this way, Vueling has become the first airline in Europe to offer a complete contactless travel experience thanks to the use of biometric technology.

On the other hand, the companies in charge of developing, supplying and installing the necessary equipment to carry out the test have used automated systems that include advanced biometric and document validation technologies, which optimize performance in passenger access time. 

Indra  has been commissioned in this pilot of the platform that allows integrating the equipment and different systems that make up the solution. Thanks to it, it is possible to guarantee the collection of identification and biometric data at the enrollment kiosk and CUSS, filter and boarding gates for their treatment and integration with Aena systems, ensuring the perfect functioning of the complete solution. 

The biometric system of self-check-in luggage (Self Bag Drop) of  Materna IPS  takes an image of the passenger and contrasts it in real time against the database of those enrolled in the biometric program. In this way, it is able to identify if that passenger is part of the program, allowing at that moment that it can proceed to check in its luggage by itself. Maternal IPS biometrics . 

Easier  has integrated biometric devices and their middleware for enrollment and verification at each control point by supplying dual equipment (common self-service kiosk and biometric registration in the same device), as well as electronic gates with detection of uniqueness of more accurate passengers from entering the security zone to boarding. 

For its part,  IDEMIA will  provide high-quality facial image capture at the registration kiosks, the electronic access gate to the air area and the electronic boarding gate. The identification of passengers will be carried out using IDEMIA’s biometric engine, recognized in the market as one of the best for its high precision.  

Mobbeel  provides the mobile application that allows travelers to enroll their biometrics and verify their identity through the scanning of a DNI or passport with NFC and a  selfie  with proof of life to verify that that person is who they say they are. Pioneers in mobile biometrics, the company has been offering digital identity verification solutions for more than 12 years.

IDEMIA unveils LASINK Helios

IDEMIA unveils LASINK Helios

On November 25, IDEMIA, leader in Augmented Identity, unveiled its latest ID security feature, LASINK Helios. This high-tech innovation combines both laser color personalization and DOVID technologies on the secondary portrait.

LASINK Helios is based on two technologies, the holographic DOVID technology and LASINK. The latter is a color technology developed by IDEMIA which is based on a matrix of red, green and blue lines.

According to Olivier Charlanes, SVP Global Business Development, Marketing & Product Offer, Public Security & Identity, IDEMIA, “As a color portrait embedded into a DOVID, LASINK Helios meets the foundational requirement of all of IDEMIA’s ID security concepts: hard to reproduce but easy to inspect. The development of this new security feature is an illustration of how IDEMIA stays one step ahead of fraud.” The Group demonstrates its “experience in producing tamper-proof documents and continuous innovation”.

LASINK Helios displays striking optical effects. These effects vary depending on the angle of vision and are easily recognizable for both in-person or remote authentication, for instance using the device’s camera.

When the ID document is tilted upwards/downwards, the checkers (made of three colored dots) positioned on the edge of the portrait will change colors. The full-color image is revealed when the color checkers show a combination of red/green/blue.

Non-specialists – e.g. bank employees, hotel staff, retailers etc. – have little experience in document inspection but they are facing more and more scenarios in which it is required. They will be able to easily authenticate the genuineness of an identity document, without the need of specific equipment.
As there is a growing number of situations in which verification of an identity document is required, IDEMIA designed a solution that is hard to reproduce but easy to inspect. Non-specialists will benefit from this new security feature that allows them to easily authenticate an identity document.

Besides the main portrait, which is the most attacked feature of an ID document, the secondary portrait creates an additional level of security. It validates the main portrait, thus confirming the identity of the document holder. Interlinking both images makes forgery almost impossible, thereby deterring any fraud attempts.

LASINK Helios is based on a holographic matrix, incorporated into the core of the blank document before lamination. An exclusive software application is needed to produce LASINK Helios. Fraudsters cannot use equipment that is available to the public to personalize the picture with the required optical effects. For the same reason, it is impossible to create a full reproduction of the document (anti-counterfeit) or modify the portrait (anti-forgery and anti-morphing).
LASINK Helios is available in two versions. The secondary portrait is either displayed as a standalone image with a sleek design, or LASINK Helios has a partially transparent side that covers the portrait, offering an additional layer of security. In this second version, it also contains a DID that changes color when rotated at a 90° angle.

With LASINK Helios, IDEMIA extends its security concept to create ID documents that are hard to reproduce but easy to inspect.
With this technology, IDEMIA addresses the concerns of many countries with regard to strengthening the security of their identity documents. LASINK™ technology already secures the ID documents of several countries including Estonia, Latvia, Morocco, Colombia, Costa Rica, Burkina Faso and Andorra.


IDEMIA ID2Travel delivers biometric travel experience in North America

IDEMIA ID2Travel delivers biometric travel experience in North America

IDEMIA I&S North America, the leading identity security and authentication solutions provider, announced today the first-of-its-kind travel platform, ID2Travel is launching in North America. ID2Travel is the only interoperable traveler identity platform covering the entire passenger facilitation ecosystem, already proven by IDEMIA and partners around the globe.

Based on identity management and biometric identification, ID2Travel is a passenger facilitation solution that improves the traveler experience to deliver efficient, secure and frictionless travel. The platform is interoperable and can be deployed as part of the airport, airline, port or any travel-based infrastructure, or through IDEMIA’s patented and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-rated biometric capture solutions. The passenger experience from check-in and across every touchpoint in the travel experience uses identity proofing that leverages mobile enrollment with secured digital credentials on the traveler’s mobile device, biometric devices, and technology back-end services.

“ID2Travel is transforming the entire travel experience,” said Lisa Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Travel and Transport, IDEMIA I&S North America. “Prior to COVID, Americans took approximately 2.3 billion trips, over a one-year period, and this makes the need for the passenger experience to be even more frictionless and seamless as we return to pre-pandemic travel patterns. With that experience and privacy in mind, the timing couldn’t be more ideal to launch our ID2Travel offering in North America to improve passenger flow and maintain a touchless experience, while balancing interoperability throughout the broader travel ecosystem.”

Passengers can enroll using a mobile device from home by scanning a state ID or passport, and then taking a selfie to do a 1:1 match. Once submitted for enrollment, travelers will be able to use biometrics to securely and simply move through the airport to their gate and beyond in their travel experience.

The IDEMIA solution also allows passengers to opt out and remove their enrollment at any time and all data is immediately removed from the system, empowering the traveler to take full control of their personal identity information (PII). IDEMIA is the only company that has successfully delivered a complete biometric enrollment to gate frictionless passenger facilitation solution ( Fast and Seamless travel at Changi by IDEMIA, Aéroport Paris Orly, a biometric journey from check-in to boarding, Iceland’s Comprehensive Entry/Exit System with IDEMIA ).

Idemia to reveal new security feature product at webinar

Idemia to reveal new security feature product at webinar

Idemia is unveiling a new security feature product on Thursday, November 25, 2021 · 10:00 AM (CET time).

Olivier Charlanes and Aimane Ait El Madani from IDEMIA will make a presentation on ID document fraud, a global challenge for governments, and the solution to combat it. They will then unveil IDEMIA’s latest disruptive technology based on optical variable elements. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

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IDEMIA to deliver biometric tech for Oakland International

IDEMIA to deliver biometric tech for Oakland International

IDEMIA, the world-leading biometric and identity solutions provider, including TSA PreCheck, announced today that it has partnered with Oakland International Airport (OAK) in California to provide identity verification for departing international travelers in Terminal 1.

We are excited to bring our MFACE technology to people flying out of Oakland International Airport, providing frictionless facial biometrics and streamlining the experience for travelers while supporting the airport as they meet existing Customs and Border Protection requirements for outbound flights. Our technology significantly speeds up passenger clearance, as we can recognize passenger faces within fractions of a seconds, with absolutely no compromise on security. It requires no touch and limited interaction with the system making the boarding process as streamlined and stress free as possible for the passengers.
Lisa Sullivan, Vice President, Travel and Transport, IDEMIA North America

MFACE identifies a continuous flow of people walking through a designated area in real-time using IDEMIA’s independently proven facial recognition technology, which recently achieved best in class accuracy ratings in the latest Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This technology, paired with IDEMIA’s efficient 3D video tracking, will be used to validate travelers departing the U.S. and can be deployed as a standalone unit, desktop unit or as a ready-to-integrate OEM kit.

Oakland International Airport selected IDEMIA as a technology provider for mobility and its sleek hardware design. The flexibility of the design allows for easy transitions from gate to gate, helping us serve more travelers faster and reduce wait times. In bringing IDEMIA and its solutions into the day-to-day operation at the airport, we are making great progress in facilitating a more seamless and more secure boarding experience for our travelers.
Bryant L. Francis, Director of Aviation at the Port of Oakland

In August, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) announced a biometric self-boarding e-gate pilot program in partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for which IDEMIA will manufacture the solution. Additional airport installations include Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where IDEMIA is facilitating a facial recognition system to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) increase air passengers’ security and border control. The technology has been deployed in LAX’s new West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal with our partner, EASIER, and is a one-stop safety solution for passengers, airlines, and airports alike.

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.

IDEMIA STORM ABIS enables remote fingerprint matching

IDEMIA STORM ABIS enables remote fingerprint matching

 IDEMIA, the biometric solutions leader for law enforcement agencies, announced today it has launched the world’s first SaaS-based Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), IDEMIA STORM ABIS, for intuitive, accessible and affordable fingerprint analysis, comparison and documentation.

IDEMIA STORM ABIS is an intuitive web-based platform that allows for efficient access to world-class fingerprint-matching technology. It supports local and national searches with tools for analysis, comparison and case management that allows fingerprint examiners to efficiently complete examinations from anywhere. With user experience as a design priority, the system enhances collaboration while reducing the learning curve for examiners, which cuts training time and costs for agencies. 

“IDEMIA has delivered high-performing biometric identification systems hosted in the cloud since 2015. Yet IDEMIA STORM ABIS is first of its kind as its cloud-native architecture allows dynamic scalability, high availability and system reliability on-demand,” said Michael Hash, vice president, justice and public safety, IDEMIA. “Designed from the ground up by fingerprint examiners for examiners, STORM will transform how we deliver automated fingerprint identification capabilities to our law enforcement customers.”

As an out-of-box SaaS ABIS, IDEMIA STORM ABIS drastically streamlines the system deployment and delivery process with standardized configurations. Leveraging native cloud architecture, this new SaaS offering offers continuous feature updates and allows smaller agencies to use the biometric identification services securely from anywhere, enabling flexible and remote work environments, a useful feature in the post-COVID world. 

French Government selects IDEMIA for the national digital ID program

French Government selects IDEMIA for the national digital ID program

The French government agency, Agence Nationale des Titres Sécurisés (“ANTS”), will be collaborating with IDEMIA on the national digital ID program, France Identité Numérique

With their consent, French citizens using the service, will be able to prove their identity remotely by placing their eID card on the back of their smartphone

Hundreds of additional secure online services will soon be available thanks to the Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information (ANSSI)-certified authentication system

The updated French national eID card (CNIe) was launched in August 2021, and will enable French citizens to complete online transactions using their smartphone. Citizens will receive an authentication request on their smartphone. They will then place their CNIe on the back of their phone, which will communicate using Near-Field Communication technology. The mobile app will securely read and authenticate the personal data held in the card’s chip. Citizens will need to provide their consent before authentication.

The digital ID system will be issued with a First Level security certificate from the French IT agency, ANSSI, and will therefore comply with the EU eIDAS regulations; Substantial and High1. The system will protect citizens’ identity data, and will ensure that only the authorized citizen has control over it.

As a French company, we are extremely proud to work on the national digital ID program. The new CNIe with its highly-secure chip is a great example of combining a physical ID document with a digital ID to securely access online services.
Pierre Lelièvre, IDEMIA Senior Vice President Digital ID

The FranceConnect platform, which underpins the program, has already attracted over 28 million users and 900 service providers. French citizens will soon be able to securely access these services using their new digital ID.

Our mission is to create and offer a user-friendly means of electronic identification that facilitates and protects the online transfer of citizen identity data, so that transactions cannot be centralized or traced.”
Valérie Peneau, General Government Inspector and Director of the France Identité Numérique program

IDEMIA’s expertise is helping bring about substantial digital ID changes that are currently underway. Having successfully implemented over 135 online and offline identification programs across the world, IDEMIA meets governments’ needs for securer and agile citizen databases, ID documents and online authentication of citizens’ identity.

IDEMIA’s GREENPAY cards certified by Mastercard as sustainable

IDEMIA’s GREENPAY cards certified by Mastercard as sustainable

IDEMIA has received sustainable card certification from Mastercard. The sustainable cards program is part of Mastercard’s efforts to support an inclusive, sustainable digital economy; and encourages vendors and issuers to produce cards made from more sustainable materials. This certification allows the Mastercard sustainable card badge to be displayed on IDEMIA’s GREENPAY cards, which are made of recycled PVC.

In response to rising consumer awareness of environmental issues and a deep commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, IDEMIA has reimagined an iconic product: the payment card. Its new eco-card is made of recycled PVC plastics.

To display the Mastercard sustainable card badge, a card must meaningfully reduce energy consumption, material consumption, carbon footprint and/or waste. Clearly displayed on payment cards that meet the standard, the badge reassures consumers that their bank’s environmental ethos aligns with their own.

Payment cards have been historically constructed using several layers of PVC. However, IDEMIA has reimagined the way it sources, produces, and distributes its products to minimize its impact on the planet’s precious resources and to support issuers’ ambitions in achieving their sustainability goals.

IDEMIA applies an end-to-end sustainability approach to the entire payment card lifecycle, including digital customer onboarding, card personalization, and fulfillment. GREENPAY dramatically decreases the carbon footprint of payment cards and any residual footprint.

We are proud to have our recycled plastic cards certified as more sustainable by Mastercard. At IDEMIA, we take sustainable development very seriously and are using our expertise to create and promote more responsible and environmentally friendly solutions through GREENPAY, our portfolio of sustainable solutions for financial institutions. This certification confirms our objective to provide green solutions that help protect our planet.
Amanda Gourbault, IDEMIA Executive VP Financial Institutions

With the Mastercard sustainable card badge and certification, consumers are empowered to make eco-friendly choices and issuers know they are working with materials that help towards their ESG goals. Together, with IDEMIA and our other vendor and issuer partners, we have a real chance to bring trust to sustainable choices as we collectively move towards a more circular economy.
Paul Trueman, Senior Vice President, Cyber & Intelligence, Mastercard

IDEMIA tops NIST flight boarding simulation

IDEMIA tops NIST flight boarding simulation

IDEMIA, the global leader in augmented identity, announced today that the company ranked second for passenger identification in the latest testing by the National Institute of Standards (NIST), confirming that IDEMIA’s facial recognition technology and algorithms are among the most accurate, fair and consistent in market.

The test focuses on ‘Identification for Paperless Travel and Immigration’ and is part of the ongoing Facial Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) managed by NIST. The exercise simulated departing flights, populating galleries with photos of 420 arriving travelers at the airport, then measuring accuracy by running searches of photos at departure. IDEMIA’s technology conducted 536 simulated aircraft boardings, without experiencing a single false negative, which translates to a secure and frictionless boarding experience for passengers.

“As the market leader, IDEMIA’s technologies are based on over 30 years of expertise in deep learning and artificial intelligence and we see it as our responsibility to bring this expertise to the everyday traveler, keeping passengers safe across the world. NIST’s results confirm the robustness of our technologies with regard to managing different demographics. IDEMIA’s facial recognition technology achieves the most accurate results and delivers a key competitive advantage when handling complex scenarios,” said Jean-Christophe Fondeur, Chief Technology Officer at IDEMIA.

In addition to its outstanding performance in the passenger simulation, IDEMIA has maintained the top spot on NIST’s FRVT ranking since first published in late March 2021, reinforcing the trust and reliability of its facial recognition solutions at both a government and consumer level.

Results from the full NIST Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) can be viewed here: Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) Part 7: Identification for Paperless Travel and Immigration (

IDEMIA announces partnership with Bosch Building Technologies

IDEMIA announces partnership with Bosch Building Technologies

IDEMIA, a leader in Augmented Identity, has announced a partnership with Bosch Building Technologies, a global leader in the security market, to tap the biometric access control market.

Bosch Building Technologies offers a software solution that manages different Bosch security subsystems like access control, video surveillance, fire alarm, public address and intrusion systems on one single platform, the Bosch Building Integration System (BIS).

In order to add a biometric layer to BIS, Bosch has selected IDEMIA’s terminals: IDEMIA is the market leader of biometrics for access control with more than 25 year’s experience in that domain, and hundreds of thousands of terminals successfully deployed for a great variety of industries, throughout the world.

Bosch will offer IDEMIA’s flagship contactless biometric terminals:

  • MorphoWave, the only terminal in the world capable of scanning and verifying 4 fingerprints in less than 1 second through a quick, simple and fully touchless wave movement of the hand,
  • VisionPass the most advanced facial recognition terminal combining 2D, 3D and infrared cameras with IDEMIA’s leading facial algorithms.

Both terminals combine high biometric accuracy, speed and convenience with a fully touchless user experience. They operate efficiently with sanitary masks and are therefore well adapted for Covid-prevention policies. IDEMIA terminals are already integrated with the BIS platform and with most gates and turnstile vendors. This will greatly facilitate deployments in Bosch specific markets with a focus on commercial buildings, industrial and logistics sites, government premises and airports/seaports.

“Bosch stands for quality and reliability. We want to offer innovative and fascinating solutions, as our slogan ‘invented for life’ states. When our customers are going to deploy biometric terminals for their security, they will be installed for years so we want to offer them the best option”, explains Gregor Schlechtriem, Senior Vice President Bosch Building Technologies Business Unit Access & Intrusion. “Idemia is therefore for us the right partner because of their technology expertise and field-proven quality and performances”, Schlechtriem continues.

“We are delighted to start this global partnership with Bosch”, commented Yves Portalier, EVP Biometric Devices and Automotive at IDEMIA. “The combination of our biometric devices with the BIS platform will be a strong offering for companies looking for a high level of security and user convenience”.

Interview Caroline Jardon – Evolution of eID cards

Interview Caroline Jardon – Evolution of eID cards

Interview with Caroline Jardon, IDEMIA’s VP Marketing, ID solutions

Hello Caroline, thank you for taking the time to speak to us and telling us more about ID documents. We are starting a new year, please explain how has citizen ID evolved recently?

Over the last few years, the ID landscape has faced major transformations: the introduction of a chip in ID documents, the use of new materials – notably polycarbonate to increase durability and reinforce security, the widespread deployment of biometric, contactless and NFC technologies and the overall mobile and digital transformation. Since last year, this transformation has accelerated due to the worldwide pandemic – digital and contactless technologies have suddenly become much needed and very real. A foundational ID needs to adapt and evolve. The pandemic has pushed governments around the world to adopt a more modern stance on ID documents.

This trend is called phygital – merging physical and digital. Digital documents are seeing a significant increase in their usage. Governments around the world have launched over 165 fully or partially digital ID schemes1. This increase shows that governments are confident in the positive impact a digital ID has on their respective country’s development. But we have to remember that digital and physical documents go hand in hand. Very often, a digital identity is created from a physical ID document. Why? Because an ID needs to provide the same level of trust and confidence in the digital world as it does in the physical world – it is official proof that you are who you claim to be. Using a trusted physical document is a solid basis to create a secure digital identity.

Could you tell us more about how COVID-19 has influenced citizen ID and what changes will we be seeing in the near future?

The primary change is the widespread availability of remote administrative services and the remote authentication of citizens’ identities using biometric technology. With a secure digital identity, people can do almost everything from the comfort of their home. They can work from home and they can access government and private sector services online.IDEMIA is developing and deploying secure methods of verifying physical ID documents using a smartphone or verifying citizens’ identities remotely based on their biometrics.

We are continuously investing in R&D so that we can produce new security features and mechanisms to create a solid link between the physical document and its new digital uses. The pandemic has been a catalyst in revealing the importance of these technologies and the place they have in a citizen’s life.At the same time, the pandemic has demonstrated an indisputable trend.

There has been an increase in contactless systems such as iris and fingerprint scanning on-the-go. We are also working on algorithms that recognize individuals even while wearing a face mask. European Regulation (EU) 2019/1157 will come into force in August 2021.

What will be the impact of this regulation on ID service providers?This regulation will effectively transform the European national identity market. Its aim is to harmonize all national identity documents within Europe in order to strengthen the security of identity cards for EU citizens, as well as residence permits issued to third country nationals. It is based on the three pillars of citizens’ daily uses: proving their identity, crossing borders and accessing remote services.

Once this regulation is in place, all identity documents will have to be ICAO2 compliant and contain a Machine-Readable Zone so that the holder’s data can be verified for travel purposes.

Governments will also be able to leverage secure and smart ID cards to provide safer access to eGovernment and private sector services, and allow citizens to enroll online for digital identity solutions.Thanks to the contactless and dual interface in eID cards, citizens will be able to create their own mobile identity easily from the government-issued app, using the NFC functionality in their smartphone.

They will be able to use their digital ID to securely access eServices through multi-factor authentication online and perform in-person verification. The online services could include tax declarations, accessing educational platforms, dematerialization of solicitor’s procedures, eVoting, eHealth etc.

These new eServices will help citizens to facilitate their day-to-day lives, reinforce trust and security between citizens and service providers and create major economical savings for the government.So, to summarize, the new regulation aims at strengthening security, reinforcing trust and offering new digital and travel experiences to citizens.

What makes IDEMIA’s ID cards unique in comparison to other ID cards available on the market?

At IDEMIA, we believe innovation is key and we have the capacity to provide bespoke identity documents that match each government’s needs.Going back to the three pillars of citizens’ daily uses mentioned earlier, security features, especially the security of the embedded software in the chip, is key in creating a trustworthy and reliable ID document. On the one hand, identity documents such as passports, identity cards and residence permits are supposed to last for at least ten years.

And on the other hand, there is a growing concern for security erosion of embedded software due to the evolution of hacking and fraud. IDEMIA understands that the market needs long-lasting security products, which is why we provide operating systems that are natively designed to be upgraded in the field. We have developed an innovative and unique solution, the JPatch that updates our operating systems remotely. Updates can be done anytime anywhere, even after the issuance of ID documents.

This is one example of how IDEMIA listens, understands and creates innovations adapted to the market and client needs.Furthermore, the security features of our ID documents combine fundamental and high-end unique elements such as LASINK secure color laser-engraved photo and/or Stereo Laser Image (SLI) technologies. LASINK is the perfect example of phygital innovation: it is more than a secure color photo, as it can be verified using existing border crossing document scanners or smartphones.

We have invested in cryptographic technology, embedded operating systems and we also provide the full scope of identity solutions, from enrollment to document delivery. Our comprehensive offer covers the whole identity value chain (identity management, biometric matching, document personalization, card management system etc.), and allows us to provide our clients with an end-to-end solution, including services, maintenance and knowledge transfer.

IDEMIA masters all internal critical features of an ID program. We are recognized as a biometrics expert, and we manage, develop and integrate all system parts.

How does IDEMIA assist governments with the deployment of end-to-end ID solutions?

Our purpose is to listen, understand and deploy. We assess the needs of each client to define the types of ID product/system that would be the most beneficial for them. We create the design and the security concept of the documents. We then tailor the system including the enrollment stations, an ID database and a personalization system (centralized or decentralized).

If the government has opted for a BOT (Build, Operate and Transfer) model, we provide advice on the financing and operations, as well as support and maintenance.Building a trusted national digital ID ecosystem that engages the private sector and citizens is essential. At IDEMIA, we accompany governments every step of the journey toward the creation of a modern eGovernment.

1 International Civil Aviation Organization