By Andrew Bud, Founder and CEO of iProov
iProov is currently providing biometric authentication services free of charge to start-ups that are working on solutions to assist the COVID-19 crisis.
A number of projects are already underway, using our Genuine Presence Assurance technology to great effect.
One area where we’re seeing a lot of focus is safeguarding.
There has been a tremendous surge of kindness, generosity and community spirit around the world, as people offer their time and resources to help others in need.
But criminal behaviour is never far behind. You only need to take a quick glance at the news to find examples, such as this 92 year-old woman robbed by thieves who persuaded her that her neighbour had the virus.
Safeguarding allows genuine offers of help to be encouraged and utilised, by putting processes and systems in place to protect the vulnerable.
We’re very pleased to announce that iProov is bringing Genuine Presence Assurance to the web browser, with the launch of iProov Web.
Since 2018, over 3 million people have used iProov’s patented Flashmark technology in mobile apps to confirm their genuine presence. The world’s most security-conscious organizations, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the UK Home Office, Standard Bank in South Africa, and ING in the Netherlands, are using iProov technology in large-scale applications.
iProov Web now extends effortless genuine presence assurance to web browsers, allowing users to securely “iProov” themselves on their laptop and desktop computers, tablets, kiosks, and other devices. Watch the 12 minute webcast.
iProov works in partnership with a number of technology companies around the world. WorldReach Software, based in Canada, is a world leader in government travel and citizen services. We asked Jon Payne, Executive Director, Global Partnerships at WorldReach, to tell us about their work and why they chose iProov for genuine presence assurance.
WorldReach is expert in government travel and citizen services. How has your business evolved since it was originally set up?
WorldReach was founded in 1998 after a five-year software development partnership with Canada's foreign ministry. As our international government client list grew, we quickly gained a reputation as a highly trusted government partner and advisor specialising in consular assistance including crises, and passport issuance solutions. This was our primary focus, until about five years ago.
In recent years, we chose to apply our expertise to create a new process for remote Identity and Document Verification (IDV), recognising the combination of the growth of smartphones as a mobile platform and the steadily increasing proportion of ePassports. In effect, turning the smartphone into an ePassport reader and allowing the owner to verify their identity in much the same way as an e-Gate or e-Kiosk in an airport does it, using facial biometrics.
On 31st March, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a letter to the CEOs of UK regulated financial institutions providing guidance on how to navigate the challenges of coronavirus.
This has been interpreted by some national newspapers to mean that identity checks can be done with selfies (“Send your bank a selfie to check your identity, watchdog says”, The Daily Telegraph).
This is not true. Identity checks completed via selfie are an open invitation to money-launderers and other criminals.
Earlier this year, we announced the opening of our iProov US office, in Catonsville, Maryland, at the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park. Read more here.
Joe Palmer, President of iProov Inc, has been leading the expansion, both strategically and tactically. A founder member of the iProov team, Joe and his family relocated to the US this year to continue building the North American team with iProov culture and values.
How long have you been working at iProov?
I met Andrew Bud, CEO and Founder of iProov, nearly eight years ago. We were introduced through my former supervisor at University College London (UCL), Professor Phillip Treleaven. Andrew had asked Professor Treleaven to recommend someone with development skills who could help him change the world with a new idea.