Peter Went, CEO of WCC
23 December 2015 13:12 GMT

Peter Went, CEO of WCC

We see 2016 as the year when biometrics and biographics will continue to morph into an overarching method for identification.  We also see customers choosing more COTS systems that can be deployed quickly and address a range of identity functionality. 

The current refugee crisis is a case in point. Biometric systems took off dramatically in the public sector after 9/11.  At first, most systems were for “controlled locations” under “controlled circumstances”. Today, the unanticipated refugee floods put the focus on ad hoc enrolments, done in uncontrolled circumstances, of people with poor quality biometrics and unreliable or no breeder documents. As a result, identification has broadened from multi-biometrics to include biographics with particular focus on person, name, and location.

In parallel, international agencies including ICAO and the World Bank have recognized the need to improve the process of establishing legal identity. The lack of controls in breeder documents creates opportunities for fraud and contributes to the international issue of ‘stateless’ people. Customers are recognizing that the use of breeder documents information in identity resolution for Civil Registries or National IDs helps identify fraud. Due to budgetary constraints, customers and funding agencies are also increasingly promoting the use of COTS systems.

 WCC is pleased to help our customers tackle the challenges ahead.  We have created a cloud capable Identity Platform that allows countries to quickly deploy identity services for a wide array of applications. We offer a range of tools to identify fraud using breeder document information, including our industry-leading multi-cultural name matching.