iProov biometrics chosen by challenger bank for strong customer authentication and onboarding

iProov biometrics chosen by challenger bank for strong customer authentication and onboarding

iProov’s biometric facial authentication technology will be implemented by challenger bank Knab to provide strong customer authentication (SCA) as mandated by Europe’s PSD2 and customer onboarding.

Knab customers can authenticate themselves for a growing range of sensitive transactions with iProov’s patented Flashmark technology, according to the announcement. iProov’s step-up authentication capabilities are being rolled out for different scenarios, including the key use of Knab’s re-binding process, in which an app deletion or update or lost device requires the use to re-verify their identity. Transfers and payments will soon be verified with iProov’s technology, and further use cases are planned.

The implementation is the first major deployment of iProov’s technology for SCA and onboarding together by a bank in Europe, and one of the first uses of cloud biometrics for SCA in Europe, according to the announcement. It is also one of the first production deployments of device-independent biometrics for SCA, iProov says.

“Digital banks owe their success to their customer experience. A fast and easy onboarding process, with effortless strong customer authentication, makes all the difference in attracting and retaining customers in an increasingly competitive environment,” states iProov Founder and CEO Andrew Bud. “Knab leads thanks to superb commitment to its customers, and iProov is very proud to be part of their best-in-class banking experience.”

Knab Bank is a Dutch online-only bank owned by multinational life insurance, pensions and asset management firm Aegon, and has nearly 500,000 customers.

Adopting iProov allows Knab to sunset its legacy token-based solution, which is associated with costly and unpopular hardware and the related administrative burden.

“Our customers really are everything to Knab. That’s why we chose iProov – like us, they are clear leaders in delivering the very best customer experience without compromising on the highest standards of security and compliance,” comments Knab Co-founder Marcel Kalse.

iProov has recently signed up deals to provide facial biometrics for digital health credentials and contactless processes for high-speed rail travel. The company says it has onboarded more than 3 million users for its customers since 2019.

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