Identity Matters

Beyond 2020: Scaling Digital Identity

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This episode's Highlights
  • The role of Digital Identity during COVID19
  • Scaling inclusivity and accessibility
  • Encouraging widespread adoption
A big thank you to our guest

Joni Brennan, President of the Digital Identification and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC).

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iProov, world-leaders in spoof-resistant biometric authentication technology, is continuing to provide services free of charge to start-ups supporting the coronavirus crisis.

bloomd, a digital community which facilitates intergenerational exchange of knowledge, experience and companionship in a fun and safe way, has launched in the US and UK. The online community enables anyone looking for mentorship, knowledge-sharing, or simply companionship, to connect with other people of different ages.

The launch of the platform, originally planned for later this year, was brought forward to help support those impacted by loneliness or isolation during the pandemic. Watch the 20 minute webcast below for more insight and to meet the founder of bloomd.

bloomd offers:

  • Simple sign up - the bloomd platform is open to everyone of any age, with a simple onboarding process stripped of any unnecessary steps that might put users off.
  • Usability - the web application has been designed with older generations in mind, who may find technology overwhelming. The platform allows them to easily share experiences via chat messages, phone or video calls.
  • Security - the integration of iProov biometric authentication will act as a ‘virtual doorkeeper’ to reduce the risk of trolling, making bloomd safer than most social networks.

Andrew Bud, Founder and CEO, iProov said: “The idea of an intergenerational digital community allowing knowledge-sharing and companionship is inspired. The addition of biometric authentication ensures that members can be safeguarded as they participate, helping to protect them from abuse or criminal behavior.”

“The bloomd vision of enabling the old and young to communicate safely online is very much aligned with iProov’s mission and we are proud to be supporting their work.”

Niccolò Torrigiani, bloomd founder, said: “iProov has been the ideal partner for bloomd from the very start. I met with iProov’s leadership early-on with a real challenge; how to make a digital community of inter-generational exchange secure, accessible and scalable. iProov’s passion for the bloomd mission and its intersection with genuine presence, authenticity and online security has been inspiring.”

“Together we have developed an innovative approach to security in digital communities that I am certain will become the norm. iProov has shown us immense flexibility and generosity – we are incredibly grateful for their support in creating a platform which will drive positive social change.”

bloomd is looking for people of all ages to participate in the community and share experiences and knowledge. To sign up, visit www.bloomd.com.

To learn more about the launch including bloomd’s vision and use of biometric authentication for safeguarding, watch the 20 minute webcast below where Andrew Bud interviews Niccolò Torrigiani.

iProov also recently supported the launch of bkynd, an online community aimed at connecting volunteers with people that need assistance with shopping.

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Today, iProov is proud to announce that its technology is to be deployed by Dutch challenger bank Knab, to provide an effortless online biometric experience to its nearly 500,000 customers.

Knab customers can now effortlessly authenticate themselves for a growing range of sensitive transactions using iProov’s patented Flashmark technology. The partnership with the online-only bank, which is owned by multinational life insurance, pensions and asset management firm AEGON, sees iProov collaborate with a challenger bank for the first time.

This is the first time that iProov has been used for SCA (Strong Customer Authentication) by a bank in Europe, and one of the very first production deployments of any device-independent biometric for SCA. Its step-up authentication capabilities are being rolled out in a variety of scenarios. A key use will be Knab’s rebinding process – i.e. when a user deletes the bank’s app, updates the app or loses their device and needs to re-verify their identity. The ability to process transfers and payments using iProov will go live shortly and further applications are planned.

Ongoing ID verification for all new customers opening an account with Knab will be carried out by iProov’s technology. Knab’s adoption of iProov also sees the bank move away from its previous token-based solution, dispensing with costly and unpopular hardware and the associated administrative burden. iProov’s cloud-based process is fully automatic, does not use human agents, and is extremely fast, reliable and secure.

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iProov and Mvine Limited announce today that a new agreement has been formalised to partner with one another on forthcoming business engagements.

Mvine brings to the partnership its cyber secure collaboration portal and identity management technology. iProov brings biometric identity authentication technology that delivers Genuine Presence Assurance, ensuring that an individual is the right person, a real person, and authenticating right now.

The two companies will collaborate immediately on a development project called ‘COVID-19 test status digital passport, with privacy protection for adults and children’.  This will deliver, within two months, a fully working demonstrator featuring the companies’ respective technologies being put to use in an entirely new way to improve public health and citizen privacy.

Mvine is developing this solution with funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), won in a highly competitive call to rapidly develop solutions to the COVID-19 crisis. The Phase 1 demonstrator for antibody test results will be completed by 31 July 2020.

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iProov is pleased to announce that our technology will be deployed to improve the speed and safety of train travel.

Rail passengers using Eurostar services will be the first to take advantage of a facial biometric corridor to enable contactless journeys. The walk-through system will allow customers to complete ticket checks and border exit processes at St Pancras International station without needing to come into contact with people or hardware.

The concept, already trialled in airports to increase speed and safety and manage immigration, is now being brought to train travel as part of the First of a Kind (FOAK) competition run by Innovate UK and funded by the Department for Transport. The initiative supports research, development and innovation in the UK rail industry.

Andrew Bud, Founder and CEO, iProov, said; “This is a world first. iProov is enabling train passengers to choose to travel without tickets or documentation in a way that is safe and secure.

“What started off as a project to reduce travel congestion and keep passengers moving is now going to help keep people safe in a pandemic world through social distancing and contactless interaction.

“It’s yet another example of how opt-in facial verification is making life easier and safer for people around the world.”

Passengers planning to travel on Eurostar services would be offered an accelerated pre-boarding option. Prior to travelling, they would use the Eurostar app to scan their identity documentation before iProoving themselves. The iProov facial biometric check uses patented controlled illumination to authenticate the identity of the user against the ID document.

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