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.
iProov is pleased to announce the release of its next-gen Android SDK, which delivers user experience improvements, easier integration, and performance enhancements.
New features in the release include:
- Increased user experience control with asynchronous streaming
Previously, an iProov authentication took a user through five steps before returning them to the customer app. This has now been improved; the user is now returned to the customer app immediately after the illumination stage, while the pass/fail result is pending. This allows customers to decide what their users see during those seconds.
- New adaptive lighting model
A new adaptive, evolutionary lighting model now controls how iProov responds to varying lighting conditions, replacing hard-coded algorithms. It will now be possible to dynamically update the lighting model. Customers will see immediate benefits, including increased first-time pass rates.
- New filter options
Customers can now change the colour scheme on the visualization of the user, allowing further customization. The ‘shaded’ option adds a light tint of colour, while ‘vibrant’ adds a full colour effect.
- Pose control
iProov is specifically designed to work from a wide variety of angles. Under normal circumstances, we actively encourage users to adopt a natural ‘from below the eye’ angle as this is how the phone is most naturally held. The latest release now enables customers to request a ‘face-on’ pose, which is appropriate for document compliance in some instances.
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If you’re looking for a who’s who of the top cybersecurity technology vendors, the shortlist for the SC Awards is an excellent place to start.
The SC Awards are recognized as the gold standard of achievement for cybersecurity providers, products and professionals.
The 2020 shortlist was announced yesterday and iProov is extremely proud to announce that we are featured for Best Authentication Technology.
The shortlist was decided by a prestigious panel of expert judges, who use a set of criteria to recognize the industry players that are at the top of their game. iProov’s biometric Genuine Presence Assurance technology is being used by organisations around the world, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.K. Home Office, the NHS, Rabobank, and ING, to provide consumers with secure, effortless access to online services.