iProov supports Home Office with liveness detection technology to assure genuine presence

iProov, the provider of biometric facial verification technology, will play a key role in a multi-year contract with the Home Office for the provision of smart phone-based digital identity verification. This new capability will assist the Home Office in delivering secure, easy-to-use interactions with individuals in accordance with the digital services agenda. The app to support applications for the EU Exit Settlement Scheme includes this technology.

The new digital service, which will be provided in partnership with immigration and border management company WorldReach Software with support from Dutch contactless document specialist ReadID, allows secure enrolment on Home Office services using a smart phone app. The process involves biometric matching of the user’s ‘selfie’ against the image read from their passport chip. iProov’s Flashmark technology provides “robust liveness detection”.

In a self-serve identity verification environment, a system must be able to confirm whether or not the person presenting themselves for verification is genuinely the owner of an ID credential – not a photo, screen image, a recording or doctored video. iProov has eleven granted patents in the UK and the US for its technology which detects such attempted frauds.

This is not the first time iProov has been recognised for its identity verification technology. In April, the company announced that it had become the first British – and, indeed, overseas – organisation to be awarded a contract from the US Department of Homeland Security to help enhance and secure cross-border passenger travel. The company also won the National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Den competition at CYBERUK 2017. The business has received a number of grants from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. Last September, iProov was named the sole UK member of the SINET16, a select group of cyber security innovators.

iProov’s founder and CEO Andrew Bud commented: “We’re delighted that the Home Office has chosen to use iProov’s technology for this large and important application. Our position in the market has been built with great support from the Government over many years.  Our mission to assure trust in the online ecosystem has never been more important.”

London-based iProov was founded in 2011. The company’s facial biometric technology is used by banks and Governments around the world for secure customer on-boarding, logon and authentication to absolutely ensure that new and returning users are genuine and guard against fraudulent attempts to gain access to personal data or use a stolen identity.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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