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Kabn targets challenger bank biometrics market, Jumio e-book offers defense tips

Market change driving innovative identity management and onboarding in financial services
Kabn targets challenger bank biometrics market, Jumio e-book offers defense tips

Kabn North America and XTM Inc. have announced the launch of a digital banking platform for challenger banking initiatives in North America. The KABN KASH platform will feature a globally accepted Kabn Visa Card and utilize Self Sovereign Identity (SSI) through Kabn’s biometric Liquid Avatar solution.

Features such as the Kabn Visa Card and 3rd party financial, multi-currency, and investment solutions will allow challenger bank partners to manage and modify the platform to best fit their customers’ needs. Clients can access the platform via the Kabn’s Liquid Avatar SSI application by biometrically verifying their credentials.

Kabn North America projects the roll-out of the new card platform in Canada in early 2021, closely followed by the U.S. launch pending required approvals. Kabn promises that its Visa Card will be accepted in stores and online in more than 200 countries.

“We’re excited to launch our challenger bank program, with XTM, as our first financial services offering, to those with a verified Self Sovereign Identity,” said David Lucatch, CEO Kabn. “Our goal is to power Liquid Avatar users and other partner program participants to be able to spend a blend of traditional and digital currencies, like cashback balances from KABN KASH, while ensuring that they manage and control their identity, data and the respective value it creates.”

“KABN’s unique business model creates opportunities to convert a growing number of qualified, authenticated users into active program participants,” says Marilyn Schaffer, CEO of XTM. “This is our second initiative with KABN North America, as we recently joined their healthcare consortium to introduce our other program participants to the COVID-19 verifiable identity healthcare credential.”

The company credited the success of the challenger bank business model to the growing demand for digital services and payments that has been even further accelerated by the ongoing pandemic.

Yet, while digitization appears to become the new norm across industries, customer onboarding and frictionless services remain a major concern. Kabn hopes to gain a competitive edge in the challenger banking business as it utilizes its Liquid Avatar SSI verification platform, which allows consumers to have full control over their biometrics and other data.

Liquid Avatar allows users to create, manage, and control their verifiable credentials. This means that rather than having to re-verify with online vendors repeatedly, they can enjoy a variety of online services once verified. This innovative approach will ease onboarding as it eliminates the hassle and time associated with lengthy verification and enrollment procedures.

Jumio publishes guide to counter challenger banks

Jumio has published a future-proofing business manual to compete with challenger banks. The eBook “Banking on Innovation – 6 Ways to Fight Off Challenger Banks and Future-Proof Your Business” details the transformations banking businesses have to take to remain competitive against a growing base of disruptive large tech companies and smaller banks that are entering the arena thanks to digitization.

Among the key takeaways the paper outlines industry trends, frictionless fraud prevention with selfie biometrics, IT development concerns, harnessing third-party insights, security, and compliance. Each section contains best practices that will ensure client businesses to stay ahead of the curve and meet rapidly changing business and customer demands for service, security, and accessibility.

Jumio built the basis of its future-proofing blueprint on its global experience in providing services to the banking industry. With a growing number of challenger banks on the rise, Jumio aims to protect its clients to meet changing customer and business needs as well as prevent the spread of bad actors.

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