Airside has released a new Digital Identity App that features Acuant’s document and facial recognition technology. The app was designed to give people a secure way to prove their identities without disclosing any unneeded personal information.
To that end, the Airside Digital Identity App first asks users to submit an identity document like a passport or a driver’s license. Acuant’s technology will confirm that the document is authentic, and use facial recognition (with liveness detection) to match it to a selfie of the user.
People can then present the app as proof of identity in public and private settings once that account creation process is complete. The app gives the user more control over what and when they choose to share, insofar as they can configure the app to show only the information that is needed to complete a particular interaction. For example, they could use the app to demonstrate that they are over a certain age without revealing their address at the same time.
The Digital Identity App can also be used as a health credential. Users can currently link the app to their COVID-19 test results, and will be able to do the same with their vaccination records in June. As a result, the app gives people a discreet way to let venue operators know that they are free of the disease, which in turn facilitates the safe return to public life.
Acuant’s system is secured with end-to-end encryption, and does not store any data or facial recognition images in a centralized database. It can also be used for physical access control, and for remote identity verification for financial transactions.
“Enabling shareable IDs and health data is an important step in ensuring we can efficiently and safely return to some sense of normalcy, but data privacy is a top concern,” said Acuant President and CEO Yossi Zekri. “People need to know the technology they’re entrusting with their personal information has a consumer-first stance on privacy.”
Airside recently partnered with Vision-Box to enable mobile screening at international airports. Acuant, meanwhile, received FedRAMP approval in October, and has since provided biometric onboarding services for TRAXX and Merydyan.
May 25, 2021 – by Eric Weiss