We have been working on an improved handover with the goal of making it transparent. Now this is setting the bar high and will take considerable effort to get there.
The idea is to cater a seamless experience for performing the identification process. Some facts are given and we can to change those, those are.
It has to be done on an iOS or Android device.
It has to be done in an native app due to the hardware binding.
The goal would then be to cater an experience for usage in another app, from a browser and for processes run outside the mobile device. Luckily we have been able to do this pretty transparent from the mobile device and eligible to be handed over from any channel able to show an QR code.
We here present out beta experience on desktop and on mobile this will supplement our current in app scanning of QR codes.
Today we’re have a major announcement. Our solution will be available for iOS with the introduction of iOS13. This is major step forward for us and industry in general as it removes the pain point of having iOS users as second class citizens for secure remote enrollment.
Apple announced at their developer conference WWDC that in iOS 13 it will be possible to read ePassports and chipped identity cards. Our solution will replace older identity document verification technologies, for example OCR-based technologies, and will enable dropping face to face requirements in favor of online identity verification. As an added value this will significantly reduce the potential for identity theft and will make periodic validation something that can be enforced to a much larger extent than previously envisioned. As this happens with greater user convenience the value proposition should be obvious.
We are proud to have this up and running since Tuesday morning and we now have a working demo app and a very early alpha version of the SDK.
We will release a demo app in parallel to our existing Android version once permitted by Apple probably at the introduction of the public beta. Please confer with the timeline for information on this. This demo can unfortunately be made directly available on the play store but will have to be a closed test requiring us to specific inclusion of you in the test program.
Please understand that this is a limited and quite time consuming operation where we will do our best to cater interested parties but where we might have to prioritize the limited resources available (which is both the max number of seats available and realizable overhead on managing these seats).
In September the demo app will be freely available on the app store and we apologize that we are unable to do this quicker but this is determined by Apple and their schedule and thus beyond our control.
We plan to make our SDK available to our customers well before September and will make an alpha version available subject to specific commercial arrangements around the introduction of the public beta.
Please understand that this will be at a very early stage due to a fluctuating platform and thus will require an agreement of understanding until we have a more stable baseline to build on.
We provide a fully secure customer enrollment solution which is uniquely resistant to attacks in any form or shape based on NFC documents and matching of the party presenting the document to whom it was issued to. Needless to say this includes an unique high resistant to attempts to present a bona fide document without the actual party it was issued to present.
This is provided as an SAAS solution and literally requires 3 lines of code to implement in an application. For full customization (custom logo, colors etc) some configuration effort is required in addition.
In addition the solution support a on behalf or landlord concept. This makes it possible for an app owner to offer these services to others in a fully secure manner. This makes it possible for a party to buy this as an service from a provider that have a footprint on user devices and thus removing this pain point. Similar this makes it possible for such an actor to offer this service for revenue or as a part of an strategic cooperation in the market with these parties.
Timelines iOS 13
We expect the below timelines till the full release
June 2019: Developer beta iOS 13 limited to registered developers.
July-August 2019: Public beta iOS 13 accessible to the public at large at request.
Early September: iOS 13 will be introduced as the new iOS version and all devices eligible for update.
It is striking that several European governments are limited in rolling out digitization by Apple strong headed refusal to play nice on NFC access. This has far greater implications than Apple Pay which can be reduced to a simple question of market access and competition. What this is really about in digitization and has implications on aspects like terror financing and money laundry generally. So a lot of not so nice people probably loves Apples stance here. And it has absolutely nothing to with security which is Apples normal refuge when this is discussed.