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Selfie biometrics provided by NEC for SIM registration and by Jumio for e-scooters

Selfie biometrics provided by NEC for SIM registration and by Jumio for e-scooters

Rakuten says it is the first mobile carrier service in Japan to introduce digital KYC checks by introducing an ID document and selfie biometrics process, known as “AI Kantan Honnin Kakunin,” or AI Easy ID Verification, enabling customers to sign up for contracts online.

Users can apply for a mobile services contract through the My Rakuten Mobile app by taking a photo of their driver’s license and their face for biometric comparison. The company also plans to add an IC chip reader function to the app to enable the use of national ID cards (“My Number Card”) instead of driver’s licenses. Biometric liveness proofing is provided with a slow blink by the applicant, according to the announcement.

The eKYC service is powered by NEC Corporation’s Digital KYC identity verification service, and completes an online application process that had previously required identity verification by delivering identification documents or sharing them in-person.

Customers using an eSIM with the service can begin using mobile services soon after completing the application, Rakuten says.

The service is currently only available on Android devices, but Rakuten intends to make it available for Apple users with the release of the My Rakuten Mobile iOS app at the end of November, and to eventually extend digital KYC checks to its website.

Jumio provides age and identity checks for shared e-scooters

Dott, an Amsterdam-based e-scooter company, has adopted Jumio’s biometric identity and age verification with liveness checking in the city of Lyon, Silicon Canals reports.

Customers confirm their eligibility to take one of the shared scooters provided by the “micro-mobility” company by submitting an ID document image and a selfie to the Dott app for biometric authentication with Jumio’s technology.

Dott says the age verification feature is the first of its kind. Previously, Dott used a self-declaration for age verification and warned users that if they were not of age, they would not receive the automatic comprehensive insurance coverage provided to members.

Jumio Go, the company’s real-time automated identity verification solutions, meanwhile, has been declared a gold winner in the 2020 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic shifts business online, enterprises can no longer rely on in-person identity verification. Addressing this challenge, Jumio Go helps companies quickly and securely onboard new customers and verify that someone’s digital identity matches their physical identity,” states Robert Prigge, CEO of Jumio. “Receiving gold is validation for our efforts to keep user accounts secure and out of the hands of cybercriminals by stopping fraudulent account creation attempts.”

The company was a silver winner for its biometric authentication last year.

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