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IDscan granted patent for technology to verify faces on a passport or ID card


IDScan, a GBG company, has been granted a U.S. patent for Visage, which verifes the facial component of a passport or ID card by checking against a databank of faces acquired from proven fake, forged or altered documents.

“The production of fake documents is an industry all of its own now,” commented Tamlyn Thompson, managing director of IDscan. “IDscan has always strived to stay one step ahead of the criminals to ensure that our global customers are properly protected. Our authentication software has removed vast numbers of fake documents from circulation, however, the determined and well financed fraudster will simply acquire a replacement within days. The fraudster’s new document may have completely new credentials, but one element will stay the same: the photograph. That’s why we have developed a facial recognition system which catalogues these ‘fake faces’ and allows the IDscan system to cross check the new identity document provided against this catalogue. If we find a match, the customer is alerted in less than a second.”

IDscan was acquired by GBG in June 2016 and provides document authentication and facial recognition solutions to banks, airlines, government departments and retailers across the world.

“This patent gives GBG and IDscan the go-ahead to focus on this important area,” explained Nick Brown, group managing director at GBG. “We need to stop fraudsters from simply moving from one organization to the next simply by creating a new identity document. Document forgery is a sophisticated business. We will be able to extend protection to our customers by recognizing a known fraudster’s face where ever they choose to use it.”

GBG offers a range of identity data intelligence solutions to support compliant disruption of business models by helping with the capture, verification and analysis of data about people.

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