UK facial biometric firm iProov chosen to help US Department of Homeland Security to enhance and secure cross-border passenger travel

News signals a move into the mainstream for self-service identity
verification at borders


LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–iProov,
a leading provider of biometric facial verification technology, today
announced it has become the first British – and indeed overseas –
company to be awarded a contract from the US Department of Homeland
Security Science & Technology Directorate’s
Silicon Valley Innovation Program
(SVIP).

The contract has been awarded to iProov to help US Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) improve the passenger entry operation process.

London-based iProov was founded in 2011 by CEO Andrew Bud. The company’s
facial biometric technology, patented in the US and UK, is used by banks
and governments around the world for secure customer onboarding, logon
and authentication, to ensure new and returning users are genuine and
guard against fraudulent attempts to gain access to personal data or use
a stolen identity.

The contract iProov has won will see the company develop technology that
aims to enhance cross-border passenger travel at unmanned ports of
entries while reducing processing time. It could help US CBP quickly,
accurately and reliably identify travellers as they process through US
border crossings.

At the heart of this announcement is iProov’s Flashmark technology,
deployed in its secure, cloud-based facial biometric verification system
that can be accessed via a user’s mobile phone. In this case, iProov’s
technology will work with existing CBP systems, on which travellers’
details are pre-registered. In the run up to arrival at the US border,
whether at home or en route, travellers would be able to self-serve the
document check that normally happens at the point of border crossing, by
authenticating themselves securely to their pre-registered photo, via
their mobile phone. The process is simple, much quicker than waiting in
line, and more secure than traditional methods.

Dr. Liam Fox, Secretary of State for the UK Department for
International Trade,
commented, The UK and US are world leaders
in cyber security. Through close cooperation across various sectors,
trade between the two countries has grown to £181.2 billion pounds in
2017 – making the US our largest trading partner and biggest export
market.

One example of our shared economic and security ties is UK based
iProov technology, which uses cutting-edge facial biometric verification
technology to enhance security and deter those who seek to cause harm.
It is now used by a range of institutions across the world and will soon
be used by the US Customs and Border Protection, helping to enhance the
way it processes people through US borders.”

The reason iProov was selected comes down to its ability to detect
‘spoofs’. In a self-serve identity verification environment, the system
must be able to confirm whether or not the person presenting themselves
for verification is genuinely the owner of the ID credential, not a
photo, screen image or doctored video. iProov has ten granted patents in
the UK and US for the technology that can detect these spoofs, and in
this way is uniquely able to help governments tackle the pressure they
are under from increased traveller numbers to swiftly but securely
verify each and every traveller.

It is this growth in international travel which led the DHS S&T
Directorate’s SVIP to look for partners to help tackle the cross-border
passenger entry operation process. Over 112 million passengers enter the
United States annually and over 1 million attempt to pass through its
borders each day, increasing the pressure on Customs and Border
Protection to facilitate the entry of international visitors, increase
tourism and foster economic growth while ensuring the highest level of
security.

iProov’s CEO, Andrew Bud, who will be speaking about the contract
win while part of a UK trade delegation with the UK’s Department for
International Trade to global cyber security conference RSA in San
Francisco, commented, “We are delighted that iProov has been selected
by the US Department of Homeland Security to enhance the way in which it
processes people through US borders. Advances in machine learning and AI
have enabled a revolution in facial biometrics in the last few years and
we’re now seeing more and more cases of governments and banks turning to
self-service, spoof-resilient face verification as the biometric of
choice to both increase security and ensure ease of use.”

This is not the first time iProov has been recognised for its industry
leading identity verification technology. The company won the 2017
National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Dragon’s Den competition at
CYBERUK 2017; it has received a number of grants from Innovate UK, the
UK’s innovation agency; and in September 2017 was named the sole UK
member of the SINET16, a select group of cyber-security innovators. In
the financial services sector its technology is in live use with banks
such as DNB in Norway and Rabobank in the Netherlands.

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About iProov

Founded in 2011 by CEO Andrew Bud, iProov is a world leader in
spoof-resistant, biometric facial verification technology. Its
technology is used by banks and governments around the world for secure
customer onboarding, logon and authentication, to ensure new and
returning users are genuine and guard against fraudulent attempts to
gain access to personal data or use a stolen identity. For more
information, please see www.iproov.com

Contacts

IProov
Zoë Clark
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zoe.clark@tytopr.com
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7833 474 447