Identity industry

June 02, 2020

How 2020 sheds a new light on identity verification

Coronavirus introduced new requirements that reshape our society. Let’s see how the crisis changed the way we see identity verification.

About contact tracing

It is a term that coronavirus made well-known on a worldwide level. Instead of sharing a long definition, we start with an example.

A person’s infection test turns out to be positive – then ordered to stay in quarantine. The same day, two other persons are identified as coronavirus cases. Authorities immediately start the contact research process, which is a thorough action to find out whether the infected persons were in contact with other people before it got clear they are infected – and whether those people who spent time with these persons, got infected as well, or not – or they have already spread the virus to dozens of others?

There is no need to explain it more to see, such research is incredibly complex, sometimes even impossible, requiring a swift collaboration between authorities, companies and individuals – while time is running out and the tracking of the virus gets harder and harder.

When our identities really matter

In contact tracing, the key is when and how persons – identities – met and possibly spread the virus. When the identities are well tracked, more and more places perform proper identity verification and the research gets straightforward, staying in control.

A good example is Vietnam, where contact research implied collecting personal data at many locations where it has not been a standard before: such as in cinemas, gyms, festivals and more – started in the pre-quarantine phase and offered plenty of valuable data, the proper input for contact research.

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identity documents being verified during COVID-19

Ways for performing personal verification

Over the past decades, identity verification has evolved a lot – its different methods got more and more complex that it needs a thorough evaluation today to find out which approach is the best for a specific scenario. We have face verification, fingerprint scanning as popular biometric tools, another way is using ID document verification, using purpose-made scanners or mobile applications.

Using the ID checks you can instantly get the name and personal details of the individual, so when it is about finding out which people have possibly met, it is a question of a simple database query. Extracting ID data takes only 1-2 seconds when using professional equipment, and in addition to getting accurate personal information, some models are even capable of detecting fake and forged documents.

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ID scanning gets newer and newer application areas

Changes on the identity verification market

Identity verification completely surrounds us – always improving, getting more digitized, quicker and reliable, such as all the KYC programs, the anti-money laundering actions bank and financial institutes perform, or a simple hotel check-in, just to mention a few.

COVID-19, as it did with so many sectors, totally stirred up the ID business as well. Some applications nearly disappeared temporarily, if we think about hotels, festivals or any environments where people gather, unlike those areas that experience outstanding growth like the logistic centers due to the increase of online shopping or the hospitals and health centers where identity verification became more elementary than it has ever been.

But how will it be in the post-COVID era?

The virus also taught us to be more precautious and it showed us that collecting personal data is crucial during the fight against the virus – at some locations where it has never been a standard.

What if our identities were checked in cinemas, churches… festivals or gyms? In Vietnam, this helped. The technology is in our hands to get accurate data in a quick way. We see that ID scanning will appear at more and more locations and gets integrated in our lives.

If you look for an ID verification solution, either for a hospital, casino, car rental – or basically any environment where people interact, feel free to get in touch with us.