The decision of the Bundesnetzagentur to allow identification methods based on AI (artificial intelligence) for new types of use in Germany is a confirmation of the platform’s strategy. form of IDnow and at the same time a turning point in international competition for German technology companies.
With the publication “Video identification with automated procedure” for automated optical identity verification by the Bundesnetzagentur in cooperation with the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the AI-based solutions for the verification of customers are now approved for certain types of use in Germany, in addition to proven methods.
The published decree is based on the German Fiduciary Services Act, which implements the eIDAS regulation in Germany. The catalog of criteria published by the Bundesnetzagentur and the BSI prescribes high-tech standards for automated identity verification.
IDnow is one of the few European providers to have already been officially approved with other methods by the Bundesnetzagentur as part of an accredited conformity assessment and is already working on the confirmation of AutoIdent.
IDnow has used automated identification technology for many years. With its product IDnow AutoIdent, IDnow is one of the leading providers of automated identification in Germany.
As early as 2012, IDnow filed a patent application for fully automated identification procedures, which was issued by the European Patent Office. “We are pleased that the regulatory authorities have finally opened up to technology development in Germany and we see our efforts and years of research culminating in the development of our own AI technology,” says Armin Bauer, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of IDnow. In addition to this patent, IDnow holds other patents and patent applications at European level.
IDnow’s technology uses what is called Deep Learning to perform an identification at the same level of security as a personal identification – for example in an agency.
To this end, the company’s self-developed artificial intelligence automatically recognizes the security features of identity documents in a video data stream and performs a biometric comparison of the face of a video selfie with the identity document. .
Added to this are new security mechanisms such as “presence detection”, which prevents attacks through recorded videos and photos.
IDnow sees the regulator’s decision as an important step towards a digital society in Germany and a fundamental turning point for German companies compared to international markets. Existing and successful services such as the electronic identity card, BankIdent or the VideoIdent procedure can now be supplemented with AI-based AutoIdent methods for new types of use.
IDnow expects a significant change for German consumers: The new decree will make innovative technologies such as digital identities accessible to the entire population in the future, regardless of each citizen’s affinity for the technology . Indeed,
“The Bundesnetzagentur’s decision is an important step for platform companies like IDnow. Going forward, IDnow, which is one of the leading European platform providers, will be able to offer additional automated identification methods to many other industries in Europe .
This is an essential step towards a digital future in Germany and Europe, which shows that the time for secure digital identities has arrived, ”says Andreas Bodczek, CEO of IDnow. “Consumer safety is always at the forefront of the development of our procedures. That is why, for many years, we have been actively working with different political and regulatory organizations to jointly shape a secure European future, ”he adds.
IDnow is one of the leading providers of digital identities with a large portfolio of products and solutions, and identifies several million citizens per year through its platform.
The portfolio includes identification methods ranging from offline to online, from automated methods to procedures performed by identity specialists, flexibly available online, offline at branches and even by courier at the door. of the user.
In recent years, IDnow has expanded its role far beyond simply offering individual identification methods and has become the global platform for digital identities with several million transactions per year.
Last month, IDnow announced the acquisition of Identity Trust Management AG, a leading international provider of online and offline verification services. This is the second acquisition in the past six months for IDnow and represents a milestone on its way to becoming the leading identity platform in Europe .
The acquisition of Identity Trust Management AG enables IDnow to expand into new sectors and offer its services to a wider clientele in Germany and beyond.
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