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UK facial recognition provider iProov lands Homeland Security contract for border protection

April 16, 2018

For the first time ever, the U.S. Department of Homeland security has turned to an international company to assist in protecting America’s borders.

iProov was selected by DHS for its biometric facial verification technology, which will be leveraged by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to improve passenger entry operations, according to Quartz. The goal is to more accurately and quickly identify passengers at airports and other entry points, increasing security while also reducing the time spent waiting in lines.

iProov Founder and Chief Executive Andrew Bud spoke at OWI’s KNOW Identity Conference in both 2017 and 2018. This year, he participated in a panel entitled “Good ID: Finding Global Consensus.”

The company was founded in 2011, and its “Flashmark” technology protects against sophisticated attacks, including replicas and replays. It displays a unique color sequence for 2.5 seconds that illuminate and reflect off of the user’s face, streaming the footage back to iProov’s servers where the DELFINA matching engine compares it against previous successful authentications.

The cross-platform technology is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, HTML5 and more.

iProov boasts 20 employees and owns 10 patents in the U.S. and U.K. It won the 2017 National Cyber Security Centre’s Cyber Dragon’s Den competition at CYBERUK 2017, and last September it was named the sole U.K. member of the SINET16, a select group of cybersecurity innovators.

OWI Take: Identity is a global problem, so it is inevitable that governments will need to turn to international solutions. The more we can leverage international technologies, the more we can come to understand and fix identity as a truly global issue. In addition, a worldwide approach can help reduce biases in biometric technology, leveraging regional expertise for better, more accurate and more fair implementations.