Onfido has updated its Software Development Kit (SDK) in an effort to make its technology more accessible. The update was specifically designed for people with disabilities, and it will make it easier for them to use the remote access and mobile registration services that are becoming increasingly popular in a number of different industries.
To that end, the SDK introduces a set of user-friendly screens and tools that can be deployed to make the user verification process more inclusive. The solution is compatible with Android, iOS, and web applications, and was tested with input from the Digital Accessibility Centre and the Royal National Institute of Blind People. Onfido utilized Cambridge Simulation Glasses to test for sight loss, and took similar steps to simulate other conditions like arthritis.
The result is an SDK that can make software more responsive for people with disabilities. The improved SDK supports haptic feedback that will let a user know that an action is complete, and a simplified user interface that will make screens easier to navigate, especially for people with different font size settings. The company also optimized the screen reader voice to make sure information is given the proper context and shared in a comprehensible fashion.
Onfido believes that the new features will ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the benefits of mobile technology.
“If a person has a permanent, temporary, or situational disability or impairment, they should still have access to online products and services,” said Onfido Co-Founder and CEO Husayn Kassai.
“With services moving online, it is critical people living with a disability or impairments can remain independent and carry out everyday tasks with confidence,” added Digital Accessibility Centre Director of Operations Gavin Evans. “The accessibility enhancements were designed with inclusion in mind and are a practical solution to some of the challenges faced.”
The news comes shortly after CB Insights named Onfido as one of the top 100 AI startups in the world. The company has displayed an interest in socially conscious technology in the past, arguing that digital identities can help reduce hate speech on social media.
March 17, 2020 – by Eric Weiss