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UK football club adopts Yoti digital ID for player management

UK football club adopts Yoti digital ID for player management

English National Football League outfit Aldershot Town FC has announced it will be using a digital ID system from Yoti to manage information concerning its players when the new season kicks off.

The system, which has been adopted ahead of start of the 2020/2021 season, is principally to enhance the security of players around certain locations and to ensure that most of the club activities, especially around training grounds and match venues, are no longer done using paperwork or other manual procedures. The technology will be provided for Manager Danny Searle’s club by digital identity solutions platform Yoti, following the conclusion of a deal recently.

With the use of Yoti application on a smartphone, the players will be able to have their identity information scanned, shared and verified in a way that that protects their privacy. Personal information such as their name and date of birth, work-related information, and health fitness tests can be shared through the app, and access to the data is secured with face biometrics.

Aldershot Town FC Chairman Shahid Azeem hailed the move, describing it as part of the efforts of making the club a great place for players both on and off the pitch. “We’re focused on building a sustainable future for Aldershot Town FC, investing on and off the pitch to make it a great place for players, fans and our staff, to enjoy the game and everything the club brings to the local community,” Azeem said in a blog post by Yoti. “We’re exploring how the latest identity technology from Yoti can streamline paper-based processes to make life easier, speed up and reduce admin as well as boost security.”

Yoti’s Chief Executive Officer Robin Tombs said he was “delighted to see” how Aldershot Town FC looks to “explore the power of digital identities in transforming outdated processes around the training pitch and football ground.” “Whether it’s the club management, staff, players, or fans, digital identities have the power to make everyday processes faster, simpler and safer,” Tombs added

Yoti said it also looks forward to helping in the transformation of various areas of football especially at a time when the coronavirus pandemic is still lurking around. The company’s digital ID solution is also being used to biometrically-secure access to COVID-19 tests results.

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