IDnow has teamed up with Ankaa to streamline hiring procedures in the maritime industry. Ankaa runs an automated platform for seafaring employees, and will now be integrating IDnow’s AutoIdent solution into that platform to enable secure identity verification.
In doing so, Ankaa will be better able to comply with international Know-Your-Customer and Anti-Money Laundering regulations. On that front, IDnow noted that seafarers often get their paychecks sent to a beneficiary on land (such as a spouse or some other family member). IDnow’s AutoIdent will ensure that each sailor is in fact the person they claim to be, and that their money is going to the proper destination.
The partnership will also help Ankaa speed up its onboarding process, and verify the authenticity of employee credentials. Ankaa asks potential crew members to submit dozens of other documents before boarding a ship, including certificates and proof of prior work history. AutoIdent will confirm that the name on those documents matches the name on the applicant’s ID, with an automated process that is much faster than the traditional one. In that regard, Ankaa indicated that onboarding used to take as much as 50 minutes for each member of the crew, while the AutoIdent process can be completed in as little as 11 minutes.
“In recent years, the regulatory focus has widened and all entities across the maritime sector and the related supply chains have been advised by regulators across the world to significantly improve their due diligence and compliance programmes to avoid breaching global sanctions,” said Ankaa Founder and Managing Director Ian Livingstone. “The new feature ensures maritime employers can further enhance their substantive employment decision, whilst ensuring fiscal compliance with banks and fiduciary authorities is maintained.
Ankaa is IDnow’s latest channel partner in the UK, which has rapidly become one of the biggest markets for the company’s identity tech. The company recently consolidated its offerings as the IDnow Platform for Identity Verification, and brought on a new VP to handle its Trust Services portfolio.