IDVerifact has partnered with EnStream in an effort to raise its profile in Canada. EnStream uses subscriber and phone data to link an individual to a mobile device, which in turn lets third parties use that information to confirm the identities of the people using their services.
The subscriber information that powers the EnStream platform comes directly from Canada’s three leading telecommunications companies. TELUS, Rogers, and Bell Mobility provide coverage for 90 percent of the Canadian market, and have direct access to information like name, address, and date of birth, all of which get tied to a mobile number when someone makes a mobile account.
Organizations can then reference EnStream during onboarding to authenticate the device itself, and make sure that it belongs to the person completing the registration process. The solution is designed to provide an extra layer of identity verification for organizations in sensitive fields like government and finance, though it can be deployed in other industries.
IDVerifact, meanwhile, is a Prodigy Ventures subsidiary that also offers identity verification and onboarding services. The company will integrate EnStream into its own platform to provide Canadian customers with more comprehensive identity capabilities, with a solution that functions in real-time without the need for preloaded software.
“We are delighted to partner with Enstream to deliver their device and identity verification and authentication services with our IDVerifact platform,” said Prodigy Founder and CEO Tom Beckerman. “Enstream’s frictionless mobile network capabilities are unique in Canada and greatly enhance IDVerifact’s platform service offering.”
“A number of countries have already made it possible to sign contracts, arrange loans, buy property and even vote using a verified mobile device,” added EnStream President and COO Almis Ledas. “EnStream’s services will help IDVerifact accelerate the use of mobile verification across Canada.”
Both Bell and Rogers are working with Ericsson to bring 5G networks to Canada. In the meantime, the DIACC has suggested that COVID-19 has increased the Canadian public’s interest in digital identity technologies.