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Yoti deploys biometric digital ID solution for Kingston Unity CTF customers

Supports Center for Digital Citizens project at Newcastle University
Yoti deploys biometric digital ID solution for Kingston Unity CTF customers

Customers of Kingston Unity, a friendly society financial institution based in Yorkshire, UK, will be able to henceforth have their identities verified using Yoti’s biometric digital identity application.

With the new partnership, Yoti’s solution will be used to verify the identities of thousands of Child Trust Fund (CTF) account holders of Kingston Unity without the constraint of having to make physical movements, as this can be done in the comfort of one’s home.

According to Yoti, access to a CTF account will happen only upon verification of the account holder’s identity using the app and the account set-up process takes just five minutes.

All the user needs to do is download the Yoti digital ID app, secure their account by adding their mobile number, PIN, a biometric selfie to verify the student’s identity with facial recognition, and then scan their government-issued ID document.

Upon verification of the account, the user will need to just scan a QR code using the Yoti app and accept to share selected identity details for authentication, said Yoti as it announced the development.

Yoti’s biometric digital ID solution is being used by a variety of institutions. One of the latest institutions to secure the service is New College Lanarkshire in Scotland.

Yoti involved in Center for Digital Citizens project

Meanwhile, Yoti has also announced that they are proud to be involved in an initiative led by Newcastle University and Northumbria University for the creation of a new digital research centre that will enable citizens in the UK better understand the digital evolution.

Yoti said they will be working to dive into how technology can further support public health, community engagement, citizen safety and technology enhanced lifelong learning.

The project, dubbed Center for Digital Citizens (CDC), is worth £9 million and is headed by Prof David Kirk, Director of Newcastle University’s Open Lab. The new Center will bring together 28 academics and 18 post-doctoral researchers across the two universities.

The Center will work with citizens to co-design technologies to support and evaluate smart and data-rich living in urban, rural and coastal areas across the North East of England and beyond, a statement from the Newcastle University Press Office noted.

This is also part of a £29m investment from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and it will be working in collaboration with local and global organizations including Newcastle City Council, NHS Digital, International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, just to cite these few.

Prof Kirk applauded the initiative and said it was important for people to feel the technology around them especially as the work continue on a steady part of digitization. “The Centre for Digital Citizens will allow us to explore how citizens and communities can be a part of the design of innovative technologies that work better for them, from finding ways to use shared personal data to creating citizen-led digital public services. Both Newcastle and Northumbria have expertise in participatory design and co-creative research, allowing us to work with people to deliver these technologies and create new innovations for the Digital Economy that empower citizens,” he said.

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