Biometrics now speeds travel with digital wallets and contactless kiosks

A series of digital identity acquisitions could herald growth in areas where potential has long been recognized; interoperable digital health records in the NextGate-Lyniate agreement, user-controlled digital identification in SecureKey-Avast, and biometric identity verification orchestration in the case of Mitek and HooYu. Arizona’s mDL made by Idemia can now be stored in Apple wallets, CBP touts the speed of its new biometric kiosks, and the Biometrics Institute wants the industry to align on the terminology.

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Arizona’s Idemia-powered mobile driver’s licenses can now be loaded into Apple Wallet with biometric facial authentication and liveness checks, and used to pass certain TSA security checkpoints. Several other states are expected to follow with Apple Wallet-supported mDLs this year, after a long process of development, planning, testing, and presumably lobbying.

NextGate merges with healthcare data management company Lyniate to make healthcare data interoperable, and therefore portable, leading to the launch of NextGate Verify. The new Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI) tool, which includes patients in the data verification process with the aim of eliminating data discrepancies.

SecureKey has been added to Avast’s burgeoning digital identity unit with an acquisition just months after the consumer cybersecurity giant took over Evernym. SecureKey’s use of DIDs and verifiable credentials is seen as helping Avast position itself to provide user-controlled digital trust services for consumers, businesses and governments.

Meanwhile, Mitek’s $129 million acquisition of HooYu enhances its customer onboarding and digital identity orchestration capabilities. Mitek says the agreement enables its customers to optimize their KYC and AML workflows and accelerate the deployment of solutions across all channels.

Aware’s acquisition of Fortress Identity in late 2021 is also about deployment options and orchestration, but from the cloud, as explained by CTO Mohamed Lazzouni Biometric update the biometrics industry has been slow to adopt. The abilities Fortress gives Aware, he says, will help change that.

The volume of refugees fleeing war in Ukraine is straining immigration documentation systems in countries like Denmark and Poland, and has prompted Canada to send mobile biometric kits to immigration offices in Europe to expedite requests. Canada only issues visas after eligible applicants submit their biometrics and has extended the deadline for Ukrainians to do so.

The identification of the Russian dead and contacting their relatives to claim their remains has come to light as facial recognition app Clearview AI is used in Ukraine, meanwhile.

An international technical standard for the measurement of racial or gender bias in facial biometrics has reached the stage of collecting comments, after the publication of a working draft. Comments on Part 10 of ISO/IEC 19795 are expected in early May. NIST, meanwhile, will take a “socio-technical” approach to addressing AI bias, according to a new policy document.

New technology trends affecting digital identity for financial services are highlighted in a recent webinar featuring Au10tix and Experian where tokenization was discussed, by Advance.AI in partnership with FinScore on credit and scoring for l financial inclusion, Entrust winning a cloud authentication client, and counterpoint in research by Pindrop and PYMNTS on current KBA practices.

CBP’s latest-generation Global Entry contactless kiosks with facial biometrics process travelers in about three and a half seconds, compared to 45 to 60 seconds with legacy technology still used in some locations. This according to a CBP media roundtable during which the agency detailed attempts to reduce a backlog in Global Entry renewals and described technology upgrades.

The motors of contactless technology have been dissected at length in various publications, including Biometric updatebut the role of Cheetos may have been previously overlooked, based on its latest publicity.

The Biometrics Institute is working to develop a common set of definitions for industry terms, presenting a carefully curated list of biometric types and explaining verification and identification. The organization plans to create a complete lexicography and its general manager Isabelle Moeller tells Biometric update that it will also go through the regular review process.

The African Union and the European Union followed up on a $165 million pledge to help drive Africa’s digital transformation with a dialogue on international partnerships between public and private sector partners to support economic development. Meanwhile, a Brookings Institute paper calls for more regional cooperation and strong legal frameworks to support robust digital ID ecosystems.

An interoperable age verification trial for online services via browser cookies has been completed in the EU, while Google introduced age verification in Australia and a Turing Institute panel debated of the merits of the UK Online Safety Bill. Panelists pointed to some possible shortcomings of the legislation, but perhaps the most significant is simply that it has not yet become law.

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