The greatest asset every person has is his or her identity

Who you are, where you come from, what work you do and where you live are some of the most common questions being asked when meeting a stranger for the first time. And based on these few questions one will form an opinion of your identity and most likely relate to you accordingly.

You can learn even more about the identity by looking at their digital footprint. A quick search on Google, Facebook, Twitter or the like and you have access to a terrifying amount of additional data that defines that person. These technological giants touch almost every part of our existence and continuously harvest vast amounts of data about each one of us. Stitching all these touch points together, they form an accurate profile of your identity without you even being aware of it.

This fuels the never-ending debate between what is personal information and what is private, what is intimate and what is public knowledge? Most of us believe that all our personal data should be regarded as private but with the same conviction we hand out hundreds of business cards with personal information.

Identity is basically defined as whatever makes an entity definable, unique and recognizable. Every person has multiple traits that define them and it is the collective sum of all these traits that makes each one of us a uniquely definable giving each person a unique identity of our own. To manage all of this, governmental identity schemes will assign a unique identity number to each of their citizens.

It is also important to ask the question: What influences the identity? There are obviously some absolutes (such as place of birth, family, gender, etc), but in many cases people find their identity in their association, religion, education and even their property or assets. There are many benefits in having an official and verifiable identity. According to the World Bank, the main advantages for citizens can be summarised as electoral participation, educational opportunities, health and social welfare, banking and economic inclusion.

Trust is however the most valuable attribute of any identity and it is estimated that 94% of all identity verifications are based on visual verification. In other words, if the person looks like the picture presented in the identity document, it is assumed to be the same person. This is why in most cases, proof of identity requires a copy of the identity document and this is exactly where the risk of identity fraud starts.

It is virtually impossible for any individual to “own” his or her identity, if there are hundreds of organisations who deals with a person in his lifetime, each requiring copies of this identity.  The question also remains, how much trust can be associated with this copy if the identity document, even if a Commissioner of Oath certifies it.

The Ideco Identity-as- a-Service (IDaaS) ecosystem offers next generation identity assurance, designed to deliver fraud-proof trusted identity authentication, confirmed with a digital certificate of authenticity in seconds. When this service is used at point of contact with the customer, full trust in the identity is established without any privicy risk to the owner of the identity.

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New head for Technology Innovation Expert Group

Ideco Biometric Security Solutions director Francois Vermeulen has been appointed as the new head of the Technology Innovation Expert Group (TIEG) for the Biometric Institute. The Group focuses on the provision of accurate and unbiased technical information, training and education to the board and members of the Biometrics Institute.

TIEG is developing a best practice guide to assist members in the implementation and selection of biometric systems. It aims to assist the market with the responsible use and implementation of biometrics.

“The Biometrics Institute is playing a key role with regards to responsible use and implementation of biometrics. I believe that we need to assist the market in harmonising biometric enrolment processes where possible, to stop the continual re-enrolment of the same biometric with numerous entities,” says Vermeulen.

“Continual awareness around biometric image quality standards is essential in today’s environment. Especially with the introduction of new modalities, educating the market in standards becomes essential,” he adds.

With many modalities still in their infancy, the misuse and wrong implementation can cause serious harm, not only to the specific biometric utilised but also to the biometric industry as a whole.

“Over the past year, there has been a significant number of advances in technology and innovation in regards to the use and application of biometrics. This can mostly be attributed to the rapid adoption of biometrics in consumer products, ranging from iris identification in mobile phones to advances in the enrolment of infant fingerprint capturing devices,” he explains.

Vermeulen says there is a drive in the market toward the enrolment and utilisation of multiple modalities for the purpose of verification, identification and creation of foundational registries. “This not only provides the added advantage of additional security but also starts to cater for cases where some biometrics may not be present for a person.”

Governments now require equipment that can cater for the generation of foundational registers containing multiple biometric modalities, leading to advances in enrolment equipment. There is currently multimodal mobile enrolment equipment which caters for as much as six biometric modalities in one device, enabling Governments to create these foundational registries and to provide services to the correct person at the correct time.

“With all the additional biometric modalities being captured by different entities, it is essential to ensure that these entities use capture devices that comply with international image quality standards and that they manage the captured biometrics in a secure and responsible manner,” he concludes.

 

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Ideco strengthens security with two factor authentication

To keep abreast of latest technologies and the ever-evolving security environment, local biometrics solutions provider Ideco has announced enhanced features to its Electronic Visitor Identity Management (EVIM) solution.

The company has introduced OTP verification to protect the portal against unauthorised access and has also included an In-Out daily count on its dashboard.

EVIM is a mnew-evim-(no-background).pngobile data capture and fingerprint scanning device that reinforces security with a digital visitor register, making visitor access management quick and easy. Unlike the traditional paper-based visitor book, this ingenious device captures, registers and verifies all data in real time with the National Centre of Certified Identities (NCCI).

Ideco managing director Marius Coetzee says these new features will ensure a higher level of security. “As with any high security web site, it is essential that only authorised users have access to the password protected areas of the site.”

“We have therefore introduced OTP verification, after entering the username and password on the EVIM web portal, an OTP will automatically be sent via SMS to the user’s registered mobile number which then needs to be entered to gain access to the web portal,” he says.

For terminals that have the ‘Direction’ function enabled, two additional counters have been introduced to the EVIM portal dashboard. These counters will display the number of people who indicated IN as well as the number of people who indicated OUT on the current day.

A growing number of business parks and residential estates are deploying Ideco’s EVIM solution to improve access security and enhance the overall effectiveness of existing services. Not only does EVIM enhance the visitor handling process, it also minimises the risk for criminal behaviour associated with identity fraud and provides improved accountability.

“EVIM gives a whole new meaning to keeping a competent visitor register. This is a fantastic opportunity for gated communities and organisations to implement visitor management within their existing access control systems. At the same time, security at access points can now provide truly effective access control,” he concludes.

For more information contact Ideco on 086 104 3326 (IDECO) or visit http://www.ideco.co.za

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New solution to beat Identity Theft The Future of Who I AM

Some experts call biometrics the answer to identity theft. Biometric verification is a process of identity authentication that is used to confirm identity through uniquely detectable biological traits and may be an effective tool in the war on crime.

With the drastic rise of identity theft, it has become more difficult to prevent unauthorised access to information resources and installations. Methods of positively verifying and authenticating people may mitigate the current identity theft crisis.

However, to combat this ever growing threat, Ideco is launching its new all-in-one mobile biometrics unit in South Africa. The Biometric Identity Management System (BIMS) enables biometric identification across a range of modalities, from fingerprint through to iris scanning.

BIMS is highly mobile, readily configurable and can be rolled out rapidly in any environment requiring agile identification and processing of crowds. It is capable of six biometric modalities and delivers a full range of connectivity options including Bluetooth, WiFi, GSM, GPS, LAN and Cloud. It is encapsulated in a device the size of a ruggedised laptop.

Ideco CEO Marius Coetzee says most biometric systems on the market today only offer single factor authentication. “Until now, no one could deliver six modalities in a single portable device, which can be used in any configuration for multiple levels of identification, as well as integrating into existing enterprise systems quickly and easily.”

Although technology has been a scapegoat for many identity thefts, in many ways technology has provided some of the most solid defenses against the rising tide of identity theft. Fingerprints and facial recognition are becoming the new tools for banks and retailers to fight credit-card fraud.

Coetzee says there was a need for an eminently configurable, mobile advanced biometrics identification unit. “BIMS is unlike any other solution currently on the market for biometric user identification and access control. It enables agile, rapid roll-out of advanced biometrics-based solution; and has relevance for both the public and private sector across any number of verticals.”

Multi-functional and uniquely configurable, the unit has been designed to the world’s most stringent hardware and software security standards, and harnesses intelligent power management for prolonged battery life of up to 12 hours.

BIMS’ mobile and uniquely configurable abilities facilitate both identity enrolment and identity validation efficiently, securely and authentically at any place, any time. With the intelligent use of APIs, the solution can be integrated with any backend system. This is a world first multi-modal, multi-functional, uniquely configurable mobile identity management solution.

 

 

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SA innovator takes on the world

BIMS and its supporting system were designed and built in South Africa at a cost of over R20 million in R&D and two and a half years of man-hours by a team of skilled software and firmware developers and engineers.

Ideco says there is a huge global interest in this configurable, mobile advanced biometric identification solution. BIMS enables biometric identification across a range of modalities – from fingerprint through to iris scanning – as well as being highly mobile and readily configurable. It can be rolled out rapidly in any environment requiring agile identification and processing of crowds.

It is capable of six biometric modalities and delivers a full range of connectivity options, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GSM, GPS, LAN and cloud. Multi-functional and configurable, the unit has been designed to the world’s most stringent hardware and software security standards, and harnesses intelligent power management for prolonged battery life of up to 12 hours.

Ideco CEO, Marius Coetzee, says there is already a massive interest in BIMS. “We specifically chose this event for the launch because BIMS is a solution of international significance. It is unlike any other solution currently on the market for biometric user identification and access control.”

The need for secure and authentic identity management has reached crisis proportions globally, with demand for advanced, agile and multi-modal biometric identity management. Coetzee says most of the systems currently on the market offer single factor authentication. “Until now, no one could deliver six modalities in a single portable device, which can be used in any configuration for multiple levels of identification, as well as integrating into existing enterprise systems quickly and easily.”

BIMS enables agile, rapid roll-out of advanced biometrics-based solutions and has relevance for both the public and private sector across any number of verticals. With the intelligent use of APIs, the solution can be integrated with any backend system.

For more information contact Ideco, 086 104 3326 (IDECO), www.ideco.co.za

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Access management simplified with new app

Local biometrics solutions provider Ideco has launched an app in cooperation with its Electronic Visitor Identity Management (EVIM) solution that now makes visitor access management quick and easy.

fb-cover-pageEVIM is a mobile data capture and fingerprint scanning device that reinforces security with a digital visitor register. Unlike the traditional paper-based visitor book, this ingenious device captures, registers and verifies all data in real time with the National Centre of Certified Identities (NCCI).

Ideco managing director Marius Coetzee says this new EVIM app gives a whole new meaning to keeping a competent visitor register. “This is a fantastic opportunity for gated communities and organisations to implement visitor management within their existing access control systems. At the same time, security at access points can now provide truly effective access control.”

A growing number of business parks and residential estates are deploying Ideco’s EVIM solution to improve access security and enhance the overall effectiveness of existing services. Not only does EVIM enhance the visitor handling process, it also minimises the risk for criminal behaviour associated with identity fraud and provides improved accountability.

“With the same login details as the EVIM portal, authorised residents can now login into the Android app and create appointments from their telephone contact list. Once they have selected the contact, date and time for the meeting or visit, the app will create the appointment in their calendar. The EVIM app also provides a function to update your profile details and change your password,” concludes Coetzee.

The EVIM app is available free on Android Play Store or visit http://www.evim.co.za

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Ideco’s world-class biometric repair centre celebrates a decade of excellence

Celebrating a decade of excellence, the South African biometric solutions provider Ideco is offering its partners and customers free support through its world-class repair and support centre. Ideco is the primary support, repair and maintenance agent for Safran Morpho in sub-Sahara Africa and the only certified component level repair house.

Saring a common goal with Morpho, the world’s leading supplier of biometric identification and security solutions, Ideco aims to shape the future by introducing innovative biometric technologies to the African market.

Ideco managing director Marius Coetzee says this can only be achieved with a service model that is based on care. “We have more than 10 years of experience of intricate repairs which has enabled us to save our clients more than R2-million per annum. We go beyond board replacements to guarantee our customers the lowest total cost of ownership. More importantly, we offer free support to all our partners and customers. That’s the difference!”

Coetzee says Ideco’s Repair Center offers a Fast Track option to ensure mission critical equipment is given high priority. “Be sure to ask for the fast track option when booking in any urgent repair.”

A two hour warranty swap-out or repair is available for all products sold through Ideco’s official distribution channel and are covered under the standard or extended warranty options. Ideco keeps sufficient spares stock on hand to ensure repairs can be completed as quickly as possible.

“As an added level of convenience, customers have access to an easy online tracking options through our webportal that allows them to track a repairs progress online. Automated reminders are also sent after three months to ensure devices are not forgotten,” he explains.

Ideco’s Repair Centre offers an efficient and highly reliable service, its Final Repair Quality Check (FRQC) sticker confirms that the devices have passed a full diagnostic during which all the units, inputs, outputs and relevant functions have been tested.

Coetzee says thorough pre-testing and quality assurance is done to ensure that there are no faulty readers shipped and installed at end-user sites. “All units are cleaned and scanner calibration checked as part of our standard assessment process, and is done at no additional cost.”

“Our repair centre still offers repairs on discontinued Morpho access devices and our repair centre has sufficient spares for all devices. For peace of mind, make sure you deal with one of our certified partners when selecting a biometric solution,” he concludes.

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