Idemia brings identity expertise to GSMA digital and financial inclusion initiative

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Idemia has joined the newly launched GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab to support the development of innovations and future technologies that boost digital and financial inclusion, according to a company announcement.

The GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab intends to promote access to financial, healthcare, mobility, and other services by supporting initiatives around open APIs, artificial intelligence, and digital identity. According to the announcement, the lab will promote interoperability and seamless integration to drive adoption and benefit more people, including women and vulnerable people. The GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and experts from Vodafone, the University of Washington, and other organizations have contributed expertise to it.

“We are delighted to become a member of the Inclusive Tech Lab and share IDEMIA’s expertise in the field of digital access to financial and other services,” comments Idemia Domain Head for the Digital Identity Domain, Avneesh Prakash. “This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of financial and digital inclusion.”

Prakash will join the lab’s advisory board to represent Idemia as a leader in the field of augmented identity, the company says.

Idemia recently signed an agreement to provide biometric enrollment for a financial inclusion program in Guinea at a cost below the World Bank’s estimate.

GSMA’s 2019 Mobile Industry SDG Impact Report suggested the mobile industry needs to work harder to support universal legal identity.

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