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Daon provides biometric onboarding for New Zealand government-backed mobile credential


New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) has integrated the IdentityX biometric platform from Daon to its RealMe Now app, which enables citizens to be digitally onboarded and provides a verified identity credential for government and private sector services.

Citizens have previously had to apply for a RealMe verified identity at New Zealand PostShop locations for facial image capture, which was performed with Daon’s retail outlet desktop software. The updated RealMe Now compares a selfie photo with the customer’s passport photo, which is stored in the DIA’s secure passport image database. The ID document itself does not need to be scanned.

“The Department of Internal Affairs is laser-focused on providing convenient and secure digital onboarding services for New Zealand’s citizens. We continue to be very impressed by the agency’s market leadership and are honored to have been chosen to be its partner,” said Tom Grissen, CEO, Daon. “At Daon, we have developed and are now implementing a veritable shopping cart of face liveness with cutting-edge technology like machine learning and other mechanisms to assist our digital onboarding clients across five continents to address the evolving threat vectors.”

The RealMe Now mobile app takes a layered approach to security, according to the announcement, and will drive an increased use of the RealMe service. Grissen notes that IdentityX provides a comprehensive spoof detection scheme with active and passive liveness challenges distributed across the mobile device and server platform. DIA mobile app deliver partner Kiwibank has deployed RealMe Now for new account opening.

Daon also recently partnered with commerce firm Tradelink to provide IdentityX as part of a biometric authentication solution for mobile customers of Hong Kong’s Dah Sing Bank.

The RealMe Now app is currently available for iPhone 5s and later.

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