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Estonia taps iProov for state-certified digital identity solution

Smart-ID firm iProov has announced that it will provide its facial authentication solution to Estonia’s state-certified digital identity programme in a world-first for biometric authentication, machine learning and cloud-based services.

The EU-certified service will allow Estonian citizens to renew accounts from wherever in the world, without visiting a bank branch, through a smartphone app. The app scans the chip of their ID document using the phone’s contactless reader to prove they are the holder of that document by ‘iProoving’ themselves.

This is the first time that this level of eIDAS certification has been awarded to any solution.

The 3-second scan verifies that the right person is present and real to protect against fraud and criminal activity. The solution allows for digital signatures equivalent to handwritten signatures anywhere in Europe.

Andrew Bud, Founder and CEO of iProov, said: “This is a major development for all digital identity providers. Estonia has proved, for the first time, that a remote, automated, biometric ID verification service can deliver the highest possible levels of security.”

“eIDAS is probably the most demanding civil conformance standard in the world and iProov is the first automated facial verification technology to be certified. This gives consumers and organisations the confidence to carry out transactions online and to adopt new services. This is absolutely critical to long-term economic and social development worldwide.”

The Smart-ID service, is also available in Latvia and Lithuania, provided by SK ID Solutions, a Trust Service Provider in the Europe-wide eIDAS digital identity system. The Smart-ID mobile app also uses InnoValor’s NFC-based ReadID document verification technology alongside iProov’s patented Flashmark facial verification technology.

“Tens of thousands of people will be updating their Smart-ID accounts in the next few months,” said Kalev Pihl, CEO of SK ID Solutions. “With this new solution, those people can choose to complete the process from the comfort of their own homes or offices. The benefits to the citizen are enormous – great convenience, a simple user experience, and trust in the security of the service.”

Maarten Wegdam, CEO of InnoValor, said: “This new application combines the NFC capabilities of smartphones and biometric passports and identity cards to create the best user experience as well as optimal security. We are proud to have our mobile identity verification solution ReadID inside SK’s breakthrough Smart-ID solution.”

“Using NFC, we can remotely determine the authenticity of the identity document at the trust level that is needed for qualified signatures. In addition, the high-resolution face-image from the chip enables secure facial matching.”

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