ID.me & GM rev up for vets, Entrust eyes liftoff with NASA: Friday Deal Book for 12/1/2017

OWI’s Friday Deal Book provides you with a weekly roundup of partnerships, funding, and product announcements in the identity industry. Here’s a quick peek at what you need to know for the week ending Dec. 1, 2017.

ID.me and General Motors team up for military discounts

The automaker will use ID.me verification services to validate the military statuses of customers enrolling in the GM Military Discount Program. ID.me, an OWI Trailblazer award recipient in 2017, will provide the technology, while GM will provide exclusive discounts on vehicle purchases for military customers, all while protecting their information. The offer is available to active duty members, reservists, National Guard members, veterans within one year of discharge rate and retirees, including their sponsored spouses. It applies to the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. [Read more]

Entrust Datacard, NASA JPL partner on secure access to information systems

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., selected Entrust Datacard to help develop frictionless and highly secure user access for the systems. Entrust is a leading provider of trusted identity and secure transaction technologies. With JPL, it will participate in an advanced authentication lab to increase security while “transforming the user experience.” NASA JPL says the deal will allow experts to “focus on the extraordinary” and not worry about barriers preventing them from accessing critical work applications. [Read more]

ProxToMe joins ForgeRock Trust Network

The network was created to respond to increasing market demand for next-gen identity management technology and solutions. ProxToMe provides proximity-based authentication for Internet of Things devices, securing in-person user-to-machine interactions from man-in-the-middle attacks. By joining ForgeRock,, it aims to address industry stakeholders in fintech, automotive, enterprise and more. [Read more]

Waddle cobbles $38M in debt financing

The funding came from an unnamed investment management firm, who has bought in as Waddle saw nearly 100 percent year-over-year growth in lending volume. Total volume has now surpassed $22.8 million. The Australian alternative small business lender says the money will allow it to scale without having to look for new debt facilities as it grows. [Read more]