Yoti joins ForgeRock for simple identity verification and explains age estimation tech

Yoti is the latest biometrics company to partner with digital identity and access management platform ForgeRock to deliver increased security for user identity verification, the company announced.
Under the partnership, Yoti built a marketplace app for ForgeRock BackStage, making it easy for companies already working with ForgeRock to integrate the Yoti node for easy sign-in or user verification.

ForgeRock, which recently expanded its leadership team with two new appointments, has partnered with numerous biometric and digital ID providers to help companies to verify customer identity, including most recently HYPR.

In addition to Yoti’s identity verification tools, the company’s age estimation technology, Yoti Age Scan, can assess someone’s age by analyzing their face, hinting that in the future ID documents may no longer be required to prove their age. ID documents are seen as “a process that’s outdated and easily spoofed with high quality fake IDs available online for much less than the official documents they replicate.”

This is meant to be an ideal tool for individuals who do not have ID and can not be identified based on documentary evidence.

Yoti assures the tool is in no way breaching data privacy and security because users don’t have to register or provide documents to confirm their age or identity, nor does it store images or personal information.

Age Scan has already been rolled out in supermarkets at point of sale terminals to estimate age for shoppers interested in age-restricted goods, but it can be deployed for both online and in person use.

Yoti says the scanner is not based on facial recognition technology, but the data is processed by neural networks that analyze pixel data from each image. It can estimate an image in around 1 to 1½ seconds, however doing so for images with beards and facial disfigurement is still in research.

According to a company whitepaper on the technology, “Age Scan is based on a computing technique known as a ‘neural network’, which we have trained to be able to estimate human age using a process of ‘machine learning’. This is a form of artificial intelligence (AI), and is increasingly used in a wide variety of applications, from driverless cars to medical diagnosis, from tailoring online advertising to detecting credit card fraud.”

This month, Yoti announced another partnership with U.S.-based dating verification platform DateID to increase the safety and transparency of online dating communities.

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