Technology provider Yoti helping to launch new authentication app this spring
Digital ID and biometrics could win more mainstream acceptance in the UK thanks to a partnership between the UK Post Office and Yoti, which will see the launch of a new app designed for a variety of identity verification functions.
The new identity app will support one-click bank account applications, job applications, mortgage applications, age verification, parcel pickup and travel
According to the company, the effort combines the Post Office’s experience in identity services and extensive branch network with Yoti’s leading identity technology to play key role in driving UK’s digital transformation.
New digital ID from UK Post Office and Yoti includes biometrics
More specifically, the organizations will launch a new free-to-use Post Office App that gives customers a choice as to how they prove or confirm their identity, enabling them to use digital ID technology simply, safely and securely to transact online and in person.
The rollout combines customers’ personal data and biometrics to create a secure, reusable ID on their phone. The solution employs secure biometric face matching along with liveness detection. For those that do not have access to a smartphone or simply prefer face-to-face contact when asked to confirm their identity, that option also exists.
“Post Office is embracing new technologies and this partnership will enhance our reputation as the trusted go-to destination for identity solutions,” said Post Office CEO Nick Read. “Whether it’s proving your identity on a smartphone or face-to-face with a Postmaster, we will make transactions faster and simpler than ever before.”
Combining digital ID and other transactions
The wider goal, according to Yoti, is to deliver a unique offering that integrates digital and physical identity verification at scale, helping to reduce fraud. The partnership will also connect Post Office customers with online businesses, enabling companies to use Post Office and Yoti identity verification services for fraud detection, e-signatures and customer authentication.
“We have already invested (about $120 million) creating a world-leading ID platform that removes the friction from outdated ID processes, puts individuals in control of their identity, preserves privacy and helps reduce identity fraud,” said Yoti CEO Robin Tombs. “Together with the Post Office, we will help drive the UK’s digital transformation, making life simpler and safer for individuals and businesses online, in-branch and on the high street.”
The new app is scheduled to launch this spring. Customers will have the choice as to what information they share.
The creation of their own digital identity means app users don’t need to carry documents such as a driver’s license or passport to prove their identity. Customers will be able to use the Post Office digital identity app for a range of online and in person transactions such as one-click bank account applications, job applications, mortgage applications, age verification, parcel pickup and travel.