IDnow has upgraded its flagship AutoIdent platform with NFC reading capabilities. The update will allow people to use the IDnow App to scan the RFID chip in an e-passport or another identity document, as long as the smartphone itself is outfitted with NFC technology.
According to IDnow, the new utility will help organizations improve their conversion rates because it will provide end users with more identity verification options during onboarding. Those that do take advantage of the NFC feature will be asked to take a video selfie, and IDnow will use facial recognition to match the user to the biometric template extracted from the chip.
The video selfie provides an extra layer of liveness detection. Organizations looking for a higher level of security can get a version of the app that will also verify the authenticity of the RFID chip itself, using digital certificates to make sure that the chip has not been tampered with.
IDnow’s NFC function is compatible with all documents designed in accordance with the international ICAO 9303 standard. The company noted that RFID technology is already being used in major airports all over the world, and believes that the updated AutoIdent is well-suited to the high security and privacy demands of the financial industry.
“Our customers value freedom of choice for their user and see high conversion rates with seamless, easy processes,” said IDnow CPO Vikas Seth. “Through the application of NFC-based RFID chip read out in the IDnow AutoIdent product, you get a high level of security and a convenient onboarding process at high speed.”
IDnow announced that it would be acquiring Wirecard Communication Services in September, and followed that up with the acquisition of identity Trust Management AG in early 2021. The German company celebrated the country’s recent decision to approve the use of AI identity verification systems, which cleared the way for AutoIdent and other selfie-based solutions.