IDnow and the British government are now in talks that could lead to the creation of COVID-19 immunity credentials. The solution would leverage IDnow’s video identification and document recognition software, and is compatible with identity documents from 193 different countries.
As it relates to COVID-19, the video identification system would be able to confirm the authenticity of someone’s identity document, and find out the result (and time) of that person’s most recent COVID-19 test. That, in turn, would give venue operators more confidence about the health of their patrons and potentially help slow the spread of the disease.
“The current pandemic has shown the important role digital identity verification can play in helping the UK get back on its feet,” said IDnow’s Head of Sales for the UK and Ireland, Roger Tyrzyk. “We expect a new normal after the pandemic, so anticipate further growth as people adjust to the new digital ways of working and living.”
According to IDnow, there has been considerable demand for its AutoIdent solution since it made its way to the UK in November, especially in heavily regulated industries like finance and gaming. The company itself is based in Germany, and its current UK clients include BP, Macropay, Allied Irish Banks, and GVC.
IDnow is opening a new office in Manchester to build on that success. The company has previously noted that COVID-19 has dramatically increased the number of digital authentication requests, and it has also joined a European Telecommunications Standards Institute task force to develop guidelines for e-signature technology.
The British government, meanwhile, seems to be exploring several options for immunity credentials. The country has had similar immunity passport conversations with Onfido, and Yoti has been developing its own credentialing system. The latter has provided digital identity documents for NHS England and other public agencies in the past.