iProov for Kiosk

We are very pleased today to announce the launch of iProov for Kiosk. Until now, iProov has revolutionised the process of remote identity authentication via mobile or online app, enabling banks and governments to authenticate customers and citizens for access to secure services. Read the press release.

With iProov for Kiosk, we are allowing organisations to use the same technology to offer secure, high value transactions in low security branches and other physical locations, such as kiosks or unmanned offices.

The benefits include:

  • Accessibility and inclusion - the new service allows organisations to offer secure services to citizens and customers that are unable to access a smartphone or a computer
  • New low security locations - organisations can make secure services available in additional, accessible locations, such as shopping centres or travel hubs  
  • Additional verification in branches - for high value transactions, or where staff may be vulnerable to coercion, authentication can provide an extra layer of security
  • Ease of use - Users simply stand stationary in front of a kiosk screen and witness the authentication process take place before their eyes, with their identity verified inside 30 seconds

Enterprises that will benefit from both mobile and fixed terminal authentication include banks (for Know Your Customer procedures and service access), governments (for benefits and immigration enrolment) and travel providers (e.g. airlines, international train services and car hire).

Building on the launch of Palm Verifier at FinovateEurope in 2019, which won Best in Show, the integration of iProov into fixed non-personal hardware will adhere to the same conformance standards of genuine presence assurance that saw the company endorsed by the UK National Physical Laboratory in 2018.

Andrew Bud, Founder and CEO of iProov said:Over 2.5 million people ‘iProoved’ last year on their mobiles or desktop computers. That same secure, effortless authentication is now possible on kiosks and fixed format screens. Our customers can offer greater accessibility and inclusion, while pursuing opportunities for delivering services in new environments.”

 “It’s incredibly important for users to feel involved in the authentication process, and we know they appreciate seeing it unfold on-screen. It reassures them that appropriate care is being taken to ensure they are who they say they are. We care deeply about user experience and have overcome some interesting challenges to replicate this on kiosks. It’s a fantastic piece of innovation from our team.”

Read the press release. 

iProov Expands Its Presence in U.S. Biometric Security Market

We’re very proud today to announce that we’re expanding our footprint in the U.S. and opening a North American headquarters in Catonsville, Maryland, at the bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park. Read the full press release.

Our new office will serve a growing roster of North American customers, from initial contact through service deployment and support. Key executives joining iProov’s U.S. operations include Joe Palmer, President of iProov, Inc., and Simon Williamson, VP of Sales for iProov North America.

“Our new U.S. headquarters is perfectly situated,” commented iProov Founder and CEO Andrew Bud. “Not only will we enjoy close proximity to our government customers, but we will also be able to more easily leverage Maryland’s outstanding resources – in the form of nearby intellectual capital, tech talent, and the vibrant cybersecurity community associated with the bwtech@UMBC Technology Park. Our new location and new executive hires are setting the stage for iProov’s next phase of rapid growth, and we’re excited about the way forward.”

UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss said: “Cybersecurity is a global issue. UK businesses are continuing to innovate, lead the sector and identify the solutions that will achieve global impact.

“iProov’s US expansion is evidence of the growing global demand for UK innovation. I’m delighted that my department has supported iProov’s scale-up as we work towards striking a trade deal with our partner across the pond.”

iProov in Maryland

Our decision to locate our U.S. headquarters in Maryland was influenced by the support of Governor Larry Hogan; “It is exciting news that iProov is establishing its U.S. headquarters in Maryland to become part of our thriving cybersecurity community. Our highly-educated workforce, proximity to many key federal agencies, and critical mass of innovative companies makes Maryland an outstanding location for global cyber companies looking to expand in the U.S. market. We are very excited that our outreach efforts resulted in attracting them here.”

Governor Hogan met with executives at iProov in 2017 during an economic development mission to the United Kingdom. As part of the mission, the Governor witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, which established an exchange program with both U.K. and Maryland cyber companies to help them explore the market in each region. iProov’s decision to establish a presence in Maryland comes directly from this agreement.

Read the full press release.

Women of iProov

Did you know that one of iProov’s talented team was known as ‘Particle Girl’ at school because of her love for science? To be honest, it was news to us too. But it’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, and we decided to celebrate by finding out more about some of the extremely talented women that work here at iProov.

Susannah, our Digital Marketing Executive, sat down with Aarti, SVP of Product and Marketing; Gemma, from our Research Science team; and Trupti and Anindita, from our Software Engineering team, to hear about how they got into technology and what advice they would give to girls that are looking to STEM for a future career. 

Susannah: What inspired you to start a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)?

Aarti: I was schooled in India, where the education system is focused on STEM subjects. As a child I was fascinated by the history of mathematics and inspired by the lives of the great mathematicians. It was a perfect amalgamation of art, science and philosophy. University was perfect for me to really delve into this subject and explore its various facets. At the time I was advised to pursue a more vocational subject, but I followed my passion, and have never looked back!

Gemma: I was an inquisitive child and wanted to understand ‘why’ to everything. At the age of five, my interest in science stemmed from my father studying Astrophysics. By the age of 11, I had won my schools science trophy and was nicknamed ‘Particle Girl’ because of my love of science. Academically, my whole world was science, which led me to studying physics at the University of Sussex. I learnt to code during my first year of university and loved that it enabled me to automate mathematical and data processing techniques. Whilst at university, I completed numerous internships in engineering and in data analyst roles. During my Masters year, I was looking to be really challenged and I came across iProov. An interview with Andrew Newell (Research Director) confirmed that iProov could offer the challenge that I was looking to sink my teeth into. I joined as a Data Analyst in March 2017 and was soon promoted to Research Scientist.

Trupti: I am inspired by every individual around me. But if I had to choose a role model then it would always be Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, also known as The Missile Man of India and a symbol of positivity for me. He’s a former President of India, and his career in physics and aerospace engineering inspired me to start my journey into STEM.

Anindita: From my childhood I was fascinated by my metallurgist father computing complex metal alloy properties on small paper notepads. Following his footsteps led me towards studying computers and now I can't remember when I used pen and paper for even small calculations!


Susannah: What is your biggest achievement in STEM and technology so far?

Aarti: To be able to use technology to change how over a billion people interact with their smartphones. Over my career, I have seen mobile phones evolve dramatically. In 2012, I had the opportunity to be involved with a consumer tech startup who made the first predictive text keyboard on a smartphone. I was able to work on a product that enabled people in emerging markets, like India, China and Brazil where English was not their first language, to communicate with one another. It was a challenge to make a predictive keyboard for multiple languages in non Latin script. However, there was a real sense of pride when I was able to launch that product to market and say I helped a billion people to communicate in their own language using their devices, allowing them to maintain their identity. I am now able to create the same power at iProov through a product that allows people to remain safe online.

Gemma: Building iProov for Palms. It was my first opportunity to run a full project and design systems from scratch. I enjoyed working across teams - usability, app design and with the backend team - to produce something really innovative. The skills and relationships I built for this project now enable me to work on other iProov products. That project really prepared the foundation for the passion and drive I have here.

Trupti: I've always been fond of sharing knowledge to help others. In 2011, I visited several schools in remote areas of India, who could not afford expensive software tools, in particular JAWS which is a screen reader for visually impaired students. We trained these schools to use ORCA to support the visually impaired students and designed a customised version to be distributed to other schools and colleges. In 2012, I was part of a training program for remote areas in India. The aim of the program was to introduce each community to open source and online education. I cannot claim it as a big achievement, but it was a step in the right direction and making people’s lives better.

Anindita: In my career so far I have been lucky to have the chance to live and work in 4 countries across 3 continents. Though this has meant uprooting oneself from one place to another, this has added to my adaptability. Though every award is a big encouragement, the first Star award I won as part of a team in Citibank Singapore in 2007 is my fondest memory. We all really enjoyed working hard on that project, writing code for adding new equity linked complex financial products for the Hong Kong fixed income business market. I have also been recognized quite a number of times at DXC for leadership and delivery excellence which was very encouraging too.


Susannah: What advice would you share with women and girls looking to pursue a career in STEM and/or technology?

Aarti: I often see young women and girls put off by STEM subjects. There is a lot of ‘I can’t’. But I believe there is nothing you ‘can’t’, there is only “what you can, what I can and what we can”. So please don't be put off by the supposed ‘norms’ you see in society, because there isn't a norm. You define the norm. So if you have an interest in STEM and technology, make it your norm and go full steam ahead. You will find willing mentors along the way, who have travelled on this road already, to lift you and support you in your career. You will also very quickly realise that your perspective as a young female adds immense value to a business.

Gemma: My main advice is: you can do it! I encourage you to try new things and do not be afraid to fail. Being a women in STEM/tech is not about being better than everyone else. It is about being unafraid and unapologetic to share your knowledge and skills. Do not let anyone else tell you what you can't do. There is a place for you in the world of STEM - you just need to find it.

Trupti: My advice to all looking to start a career in STEM and tech is to be yourself and enjoy your work.

Anindita: I received this advice from my mentor and enjoy passing it on to future friends in industry. The key is to keep broadening one's horizons and keep learning new STEM skills as well as life skills. All future tech advancements are predicted to require more and more interdisciplinary skills, so knowledge in all areas will play an important role in fulfilling a STEM career.


Susannah: What does the next generation have to look forward to in the STEM/tech industry?

Aarti: We are living in the best of times for technology where everything is moving very fast and it’s all very exciting. I don't believe we can predict what technology will look like in 10 years’ time. But we can predict that it will be nothing short of exciting! If you are looking for the unknown, technology is the industry to be a part of. It can take the shape you want it to take. Young people bring in new perspectives and new skills; they’re the ones who will shape the world of technology. You have the opportunity to make a real dent in the world, more so than ever. You can look forward to bringing a change, and making our world a better place with technology!

Gemma: Machine learning is an emerging field with data scientists and machine learning engineers massively in demand. It is still a young market, so anyone joining the industry and learning from those who are experienced will have equal opportunities to forge ahead. Machine learning has gone from a poorly understood mathematical technique to AI being recognised for the massive role it is going to play in all of our lives. With improvements in technology and infrastructure (GPUs etc.), machine learning has opened up the world of possibility, resulting in more jobs. If done properly, machine learning can change the world for the better and we need smart and driven people to join us.

Trupti: The next generation should know that 'A swarm in May is worth a load of hay'.

Anindita: Diversity. As life expectancy is increasing, very soon, the age of the workforce may well range between 20 and 80. We need to be prepared and look forward to learning and growing in an even more diverse workforce.

iProov at FinovateEurope 2020

FinovateEurope is taking place in Berlin this week and iProov will be there - come and join our demo session on Thursday 13 February at 11.30am. If you can’t attend in person, follow us on Twitter for live tweets on what we’re revealing at the event.

iProov has won Best of Show at Finovate for the past two years, so we have a lot to live up to as we take to the stage looking for a third successive win this week.

Since the last Finovate we have: 

  • Seen over 2.5million consumers ‘iProov’ themselves to access travel, financial and government services, in applications like onboarding and applying for settled status using the Home Office’s EU Settled Status app
  • Won a number of exciting new projects with global banks, public sector agencies and partners
  • Doubled the size of our team and relocated to lovely new offices

What will we be announcing at FinovateEurope 2020? Our CEO, Andrew Bud, will be presenting our demo and our team will be on the booth to answer your questions and tell you more about our services.

  • Join us on 13th February in demo session #6 and be a part of our new product annoucement
  • Book a meeting to chat with the iProov team about our services

What is FinovateEurope 2020?
Back in 2007, the Finovate team set about to create the most memorable event in financial services technology. Since then, the financial and banking focused event has grown globally to include FinovateEurope, FinovateSpring, FinovateAsia, FinovateFall and FinovateAwards. FinovateEurope is home of fintech innovation through unique, short-form demos and expert speakers on banking, regtech, payments, customer experience, investech, open banking and AI.

Who is going to FinovateEurope 2020?
FinovateEurope 2020 will host iProov and 1200+ other attendees, with over half coming from financial institutions. You can hear from 150+ innovators driving change in the industry and discover the latest developments from 50+ demos in open banking, tech, payments and insurance.

Event details:
Event Date: 11-13th February
Demo Session: #6 on 13th February
Location: InterContinental Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Deepfakes in Financial Services

We’ve just released a new report, Deepfakes: The Threat To Financial Services, which shows that 77% of financial sector CSOs are concerned about the impact of deepfake video, audio, and images.

The use of deepfakes in fake news, pornography, hoaxes and fraud, has created a storm of controversy. Earlier this month, Facebook announced plans to ban deepfakes from its platform, with concerns mounting about their influence on the impending US election.

We surveyed 105 cyber security experts in the financial sector, who told us that:

  • Personal banking and payment transfers were most at risk of deepfake fraud, above social media, online dating, and online shopping
  • Only 28% said that they've already put plans in place to protect against deepfakes, with 41% planning to do so in the next two years
  • 29% said that deepfakes were a significant or severe threat to their organisation
  • 64% said that the deepfake threat is going to get worse

Read Deepfakes: The Threat To Financial Services.

Andrew Bud, Founder and CEO at iProov, said: "It's likely that so few organisations have taken action because they’re unaware of how quickly this technology is evolving. The latest deepfakes are so good they will convince most people and systems, and they’re only going to become more realistic."

"The era in which we can believe the evidence of our own eyes is ending. Without technology to help us identify fakery, every video and image will in future become suspect. That’s hard for all of us as consumers to learn, so we’re going to have to rely on really good technology to protect us."

What are deepfakes?
Deepfakes are videos, images or audio recordings that have been distorted to present an individual saying or doing something that they didn’t say or do.

If you think of the thing that you are least likely to ever say, and then imagine your friends, family or employer being shown a (convincing) video of you saying it, it is easy to see the potential for malicious misuse.

How do deepfakes affect banks and other financial services institutions?
For banks and other financial services providers, deepfakes could impact:

  • Onboarding processes could be subverted and fraudulent accounts created to facilitate money-laundering
  • Payments or transfers could be authorised fraudulently
  • Synthetic identities could be created, whereby criminals take elements of a real or fake identity and attach them to a non-existent individual

Read the report for more examples.

iProov is working with leading banks, including ING and Rabobank, to protect against deepfakes. Our biometric authentication technology has been built with unique anti-spoofing capabilities that establish the 'genuine presence' of a customer. For more information, visit www.iproov.com

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