Singapore’s government tap iProov to provide facial recognition technology

From: RegTech Analyst

Singaporeans can now access online digital government servicesusing facial verification implemented by iProov and and Toppan Ecquaria.

The technology has been provided as part of a partnership with the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) under the National Digital Identity (NDI) programme. GovTech is the government agency driving Singapore’s digital government transformation and Smart Nation initiative.

iProov is a supplier of biometric authentication technology and Toppan Ecquaria is a digital transformation company. They were selected following an open international tender and many months of user testing and intensive security evaluation.

The system automatically enables four million users of the Singaporean digital identity SingPass to authenticate themselves and prove that they are genuinely present when accessing online government services on computers or at kiosks.

“Singapore’s national digital identity, SingPass, enables citizens and permanent residents to transact seamlessly and securely with public and private sectors’ digital services,” Quek Sin Kwok, senior director of national digital identity at GovTech Singapore. “We recently introduced a new biometrics face verification service for users to log in more conveniently to digital services, whilst providing an added layer of security for government agencies and businesses.

“SingPass Face Verification, under our NDI programme, will help partners enhance their customer service journeys. We will continue to extend useful and trusted NDI services to more private sector organisations to accelerate digitalisation and grow Singapore’s digital economy.”

Andrew Bud, founder and CEO at iProov, said, “This pioneering service enables citizens to live in a world of trust online. By iProoving themselves, the people of Singapore can have even greater confidence in their safety, privacy and security on the internet.

“This marks a tipping point for facial verification. The technology has advanced so much in recent years that it can now provide the highest levels of reliable security for the authentication of a national digital identity program. It has been a privilege to work on this forward-thinking project with real trailblazers in national digital identity. The rest of the world will study this innovation and draw conclusions from its success.”

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