“More than half of the people in the world have no identity credentials. As a result, they have little or no access to banking or government services,” says DigitalPersona president and CEO Rick Agostinelli. This is a serious issue, especially in developing nations, and DigitalPersona is using biometrics to address the needs of an underserved global demographic.
Today at the CARTES Secure Connexions Event 2013, running this week in Paris, France, DigitalPersona introduced Atlus: a modular, fingerprint based biometric solution that allows for onsite or mobile enrollment into a company’s database for secure credential management purposes. In employing this kind of solution, organizations can offer membership, services and employment to a greater segment of the population, even if a citizen has no form of verifying document.
“Passwords and ID cards can be stolen, shared or compromised,” continues Agostinelli, speaking to Atlus’ cost effectiveness. “You can’t forget or lose your fingerprint so it’s an effective and affordable way to identify a variety of populations.”
It’s an old argument for biometrics, but it’s true: systems like Atlus aid greatly in preventing fraud in the industries that DigitalPersona is targeting with this solution. It manifests as a three part framework that covers enrollment, verification and lifecycle management, and DigitalPersona has also ensured that its customer service is top notch in regard to this technology that may seem intimidating to public and government administrators that will be using it.
This is an area that the company is experienced in serving, with financial service solutions around the globe. In October, DigitalPersona purchased Identity Stream, and with it it’s Temenos banking system that opened the doors to the African financial services market, one of the regions where Atlus and similar systems will no doubt be welcomed.
Atlus is currently being demonstrated at booth #4M088 at CARTES 2013.