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SingPass introduces biometric face verification, Kofax integrates digital signatures

Government biometric verification solutions on the rise in Singapore
SingPass introduces biometric face verification, Kofax integrates digital signatures

The Government Technology Agency (GovTech) of Singapore has updated the SingPass platform to allow citizens to verify themselves using facial recognition on personal computers and smartphones, the Straits Times report.

The same update also introduces a one-time password (OTP) verification method sending an OTP to another trusted SingPass user.

The new verification options, available to SingPass users from last Wednesday, join the app’s umbrella of methods, which include SMS OTP, and the SingPass mobile app.

The face biometrics option will be available as a two-factor authentication (2FA) method and will feature presentation attack detection (PAD) capabilities. SingPass’ facial recognition capability was introduced in September by iProov and partner Toppan Ecquaria.

Users interested in verifying their identity via facial recognition will have their faces checked against the country’s national biometric database.

GovTech partners with Kofax to bring biometric signature to SingPass

Intelligent automation solutions company Kofax has partnered with GovTech to make its digital signing solution platform Kofax SignDoc compatible with Sign with SingPass.

Sign with SingPass is a service developed as part of the National Digital Identity (NDI) Smart Nation strategic national project, an initiative aimed at building a trusted digital identity ecosystem in the country.

Kofax SignDoc’s integration with SingPass Sign will now enable remote digital document signing and verification for all Singapore citizens using SignDoc.

AIA Singapore, an insurance company, will be the first firm in the country to join the initiative and allow its customers to authenticate themselves via Sign with SingPass.

“Integrating our digital platforms with GovTech’s SingPass Sign and Kofax’s SignDoc advances our ability to provide fast and even more convenient customer experiences without compromising their data security, which is essential in an increasingly digital world,” said Melita Teo, Chief Customer and Digital Officer at AIA Singapore.

“Partnering with GovTech and automation software players such as Kofax is part of our long-term strategy to make the customer experience more seamless and secure.”

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