Surprising no one, mobile ID and selfie-based onboarding are the big themes in this week’s roundup of Mobile ID World’s top stories, thanks in large part to Apple.
The tech giant finally launched its ambitious digital driver’s license system toward the end of last month, enabling iPhone users in Arizona to load digital versions of their government-issued IDs into their mobile wallets, and to then use their iPhone – or even a paired Apple Watch – to verify their identity at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It’s a huge step forward for the mobile ID industry, and our story continued to garner reader attention this week:
Readers were also understandably interested in some related news. IDEMIA, the France-based identity and security giant, revealed that its technology is being used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to perform the actual scanning of Apple’s mobile identity documents. Its contactless readers have been deployed at Sky Harbor, and IDEMIA says further deployments across the United States are in the works:
Apple’s mobile ID system uses selfie-based facial recognition for user onboarding – an approach to identity verification that the tech giant helped to pioneer, and that has been widely embraced for remote onboarding as a number of specialist vendors have brought their own solutions to the market. One of those is iDenfy, which got some reader attention with its recent announcement that it was providing remote onboarding services for the Confirmo blockchain payments platform:
Meanwhile, a new dating app called Blyss is also going to take advantage of facial recognition. Currently under development in preparation for a summertime launch, the app’s developer is looking to take advantage of selfie-based onboarding in order to weed out the kinds of con artists who have assumed false identities on other dating platforms to swindle other users:
Finally, a number of readers were interested in a bit of follow-up news concerning Sift’s acquisition of Keyless in November of last year. The company has now revealed that it’s moving forward with the integration of Keyless’s biometric multi-factor authentication technology into its Digital Trust & Safety Suite, and that the end result should be available to customers in the second quarter of 2022:
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