IdentityX provides the ability to make existing identification cards more secure by directly tying the individual to their card. Rather than relying on simple possession of an ID badge in concert with an inspector checking a portrait printed on the card (sometimes), IdentityX can add a number of powerful security layers through an access control system. This can be as simple as an out-of-band query to the card holder's registered phone, or it can be as comprehensive as biometric verification using automated face and voice matching.
Identification credentials typically consist of an ID card with the owner’s photo printed on the surface. Verification of identity is performed by someone comparing the photo on the ID card to the person presenting the card. Security concerns most often focus on ensuring that the card is not counterfeit, rather than on whether the person presenting the card is actually the card’s owner. For instance, siblings may often be able to stand in for one another, even if they are not twins. IdentityX provides the option to request a much more thorough identity authentication. Whether buying age restricted merchandise, such as alcohol, or claiming your identity for official purposes, such as a marriage license, loan application, or for a notary public, IdentityX provides the option to go beyond simply checking the picture and can require the card’s owner to authenticate using their phone, their PIN, and their biometrics.
IdentityX also makes existing ID cards more secure by eliminating any reason to counterfeit a card. An attacker can create a forged card, or even alter a valid card (e.g., replacing the photo printed on a stolen card). However, if that card is registered through IdentityX, then when the card is presented a request is made to the card owner's registered phone. For a completely forged card, there will be no registered IdentityX record, and the card will be denied. For an altered card, a request will be made to the card's registered owner for authentication, not the attacker.
For a truly forward thinking organization, IdentityX could entirely replace ID cards; an individual could simply make a claim of identity by speaking their ID number or writing it on a piece of scrap paper. The verifying system could then check whether that ID number was authorized for the stated purpose, then make a request to IdentityX to verify the identity on record for that number.
Whether used to bolster existing cards or replace them entirely, IdentityX leverages mobility, security, and convenience to raise identification and authentication to a new level.