Editorial

Jumio to offer its Verification service free to COVID-19 fighters

Many organisations have an urgent need to quickly and effectively “identity proof” patients and workers, often remotely, says the company. Could online Identity Verification can solve this problem

Posted 2 April 2020 by

US-headquartered AI-powered Verification technology provider Jumio says it will make its solution freely available to all qualifying organisations involved in relief efforts and assistance around the on-going COVID-19 crisis.

It points out that many organisations have an urgent need to quickly and effectively “identity proof” patients and workers, often remotely – but that online identity verification can solve this problem. 

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That will now be possible through its Jumio Go system, which it is now re-branding (one assumes temporarily) as ‘Jumio Go for Good‘ . 

Jumio Go offers remote user verification via these steps, says the company:

  • ID proofing check
  • Similarity checks that compare face and photo
  • Liveness checks that ensure the person holding the ID is present
  • Definitive results – the product is capable of delivering an instant confirmation of Identity.

Furthermore, Jumio Go Remote User Identification will provide services to those qualifying organisations in three key areas:

  • Telehealth Social distancing and spread prevention methods in many countries across Europe mean that anyone with mild COVID-19 symptoms should not be attending face-to-face medical appointments. Diagnosing and treating patients remotely is vital, but so is the confidentiality of medical appointments. Jumio Go can quickly enable telehealth services, thus protecting doctor-patient interactions
  • Online education and testing services: As nearly all education has been forced to go remote, with classes and exams now being held virtually. In such an environment, it is difficult for organisations to know if the actual enrolled student is participating in an online curriculum or exam. AI-powered identity verification means the integrity of virtual classrooms and testing environments can be maintained
  • Other essential services With masses of volunteers aiding crisis efforts, there remains a responsibility to protect those who are vulnerable. By verifying drivers, volunteers and other employees providing care and services to those who are affected and vulnerable, claims the firm. 

Jumio was founded in 2010 by Daniel Mattes, an Austrian Internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist.

The company has verified more than 160 million identities issued by over 200 countries and territories from real-time Web and mobile transactions. 

In 2017, Jumio opened offices in London, New York and Rajasthan, India.