IDEMIA joins UK Passport ID Authentication Pilot

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By Sam Gazeley | 2Q 2021 | IN-6142


UK Government Opens up to Public-Private Partnerships


With the United Kingdom currently running a digital Passport authentication pilot until the summer, it has now been announced that IDEMIA will also participate with its IDway solution. This agreement demonstrates the latest digital ID development in the UK, as well as illustrating the potential of public-private partnerships in that area. This comes after the UK signed a deal with Thales to take over from De La Rue as the smart card vendor to supply the UK passport in a post-Brexit scenario.

One of the critical underpinnings of a government ID program, in any format, is establishing a strong root of trust, something which the IDEMIA is looking to provide by enabling the service provider to benefit from real-time passport checks. IDEMIA will incorporate this new capability into its IDway solution harnessing its biometric facial recognition and document authentication technologies.

On a broader scale, the Document Checking Service (DCS) pilot focuses on utilizing private organizations to authenticate UK passports. The UK government has cited the need to conduct…

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