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IDnow signs up to Accelerate@IATA 2022 accelerator programme

IDnow's Michael Binner

IDnow, a leading European identity proofing platform provider with its UK base in Manchester, has announced its participation in the International Air Transport Association’s Accelerate@IATA 2022 accelerator programme.

IDnow is working with IATA and its members to provide expertise and regulatory know-how in the field of identity proofing and digital identity. Together, IATA and IDnow are working on the shared goal of making flying more seamless and low-touch for passengers, while lowering fraud risks for airlines.

IATA is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 290 airlines, or 83 per cent of total global air traffic. As a leading industry association, IATA is shaping industry standards and the future of aviation.

Through the Accelerate@IATA programme, IDnow is contributing to the IATA One ID working group. The goal of IATA One ID is to set industry standards that further streamline the passenger journey with digitalisation of admissibility and a contactless process through secure biometric enabled identification.

Under the One ID vision, upon completing document checks remotely, passengers will be able to arrive at the airport ready to fly and proceed through each airport touchpoint via simple biometric recognition. The objective is to achieve a truly interoperable global system across airports, airlines and governments.

IDnow is collaborating with airlines and other technology providers on a white paper about the application of digital identity in the air travel industry. In parallel, a proof of concept is being developed to show how digital identity can support people with reduced mobility with traveling, and airlines and airports to prioritise staff for the necessary support.

Michael A. Binner, director of digital identity at Idnow, said: “We understand that in the modern air travel industry, digital identities have a huge potential to shape a whole new traveler experience. From lowering the fraud risk for airlines, to creating a more seamless and low-touch experience for passengers and offering a GDPR compliant solution for storing and sharing of biometric pictures for airports and other players, digital identity is the key. We are excited and proud to have been selected by IATA to work together and to partner with some of the most prestigious airlines of the world to shape the future of air travel”, says

The IDnow platform provides a broad portfolio of identity verification solutions, ranging from automated to human-assisted from purely online to point-of-sale, each of them optimized for user conversion rates and security. In 2021, IDnow acquired the French market leader for identity technology, ARIADNEXT, and the German identity Trust Management AG, enabling it to offer its customers one of the broadest identification solutions through a single, integrated platform. The company has offices in the UK, Germany, France and Dubai and is backed by investors, including Corsair Capital and Seventure Partners.

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