Augmented identity takes shape

April 2018 News, Access Control & Identity Management, Integrated Solutions

Idemia recently held its launch event in South Africa, to introduce the new company and clarify its role going forward. Idemia was formed last year through the merger of Oberthur Technologies and Morpho.

The company currently has around 150 employees in its Johannesburg office and is one of the largest bank card centres on the continent, with over 1 000 people in the MEA region, including over 100 at Idemia’s Casablanca R&D centre.

Didier Lamouche.
Didier Lamouche.

CEO Didier Lamouche was on hand at the event to tell the attendees about Idemia’s view of the future, which he described as ‘augmented identity’, a way of ensuring frictionless security in all walks of life. This is based on four global trends:

1.) The exponential growth of connected devices.

2.) The growth in ‘exchanges’ – data, people and goods. In fact, there will be continuous growth in the movement of people over the next two decades for work, tourism, and of course, migrants.

3.) The digitisation of economics, which will see payments becoming digitised and authenticated with physical characteristic of the buyers (in other words, biometrics).

4.) Technology consumerisation. The fast adoption and acceptance of technology into the consumer space.

Lamouche explained that all four trends are growing, but they are also fuelling each other in a continuous cycle. This leads to increased data being created and used at each step in the cycle, and an increase in the need and complexity of securing this information. Along with the increased need for security that everyone can use, there is also the question of privacy.

With all these challenges, security is obviously central to all we do and we therefore we need a new way to approach the question of identity to ensure the security and privacy of our data, transactions and selves. Just as important is the need to make security more convenient for the end user. This is where Idemia comes into play as the company is already a leader in bank payment systems, biometric solutions and security within smartphones.

The idea of augmented identity is to leverage one’s identity to improve security and speed transactions. This will allow for simpler, faster transactions, whether it is paying for goods, moving through the security checks at an airport, renting a car and so on. Your facial and fingerprint biometrics (and potentially other biometrics) will be the key to verifying your identity and authorising access, payments, transfers and more, in an integrated infrastructure that keeps you secure while using your ‘identity features’ to meet the security needs of others, be it individuals, businesses or governments.

Using the example of renting a car, Lamouche showed a video demonstrating that in future it could all be done without having to stand in a queue or even getting hold of car keys. By booking ahead of time and verifying your identity via a smartphone app, you would receive a message on your smartphone telling you where your car was parked as soon as you arrived at your destination. As you approach the car, your phone and the car communicate and your facial biometric is verified. Once this is complete, the car will unlock itself. Once inside, your fingerprint would start the car and off you go.

The creation of Idemia and its vision of augmented identity is a step into the future, but is based on technical and security challenges we face today, as well as many of the independent solutions we have today, which need to be integrated into solutions that are almost seamless to the individual.

For more information contact IDEMIA, +27 (0)11 286 5800,,

Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

TAPA: The role of an effective treasury function in business risk management
June 2019, Technews Publishing , News
Neil Le Roux, the Founder of Diligent Advisors will speak at the TAPA SA (Transported Asset Protection Association) annual conference on 26 July 2019.

iLegal 2019: Enhancing and empowering your control rooms
July 2019, Technews Publishing , News, Conferences & Events
iLegal 2019 will be held on 12 September 2019 at The Rosebank Crowne Plaza in Johannesburg. iLegal is the surveillance industry’s premier one-day conference hosted jointly by Hi-Tech Security Solutions and Dr Craig Donald.

Residential Estate Security Conference 2019: Managing for efficiency
July 2019, Technews Publishing , News, Conferences & Events
The Residential Estate Security Conference 2019 will be held on 20 August 2019, once again at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg.

Spending to save
August 2019, Technews Publishing , News
As residential estates and complexes grow like weeds across South Africa, often promoting themselves as more secure than a stand-alone house, many are finding that close proximity to a neighbour or a ...

Augmented security with drones
August 2019, Drone Guards , Editor's Choice, Integrated Solutions
Drone Guards is moving into an untapped market of using drones to secure residential estates and other high-value assets such as mines, farms and commercial properties.

10 things to consider when shopping for a VMS
August 2019, Genetec , CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
Today’s video management systems (VMS) provide a wide range of tools and capabilities that help make security personnel more efficient by allowing them to focus on what really matters.

MorphoAccess Sigma Extreme
August 2019, IDEMIA , Products, Access Control & Identity Management
MorphoAccess Sigma Extreme from IDEMIA is a touchscreen device with multiple recognition device interfaces (NFC chip reader, PIN and BioPIN codes, contactless card readers).

MorphoWave Compact
August 2019, IDEMIA , Products, Access Control & Identity Management
The MorphoWave Compact captures and matches four fingerprints on either the right or left hand in any direction. It is robust to environmental factors such as extreme light or dust.

MorphoAccess Sigma Lite
August 2019, IDEMIA , Products, Access Control & Identity Management
IDEMIA’s MorphoAccess Sigma Lite and Lite + are fingerprint access control terminals, offering time and attendance in and out function keys.

From fog to foxes
August 2019, Axis Communications SA , Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Integrated Solutions
What makes radar devices so valuable is the fact that they can provide a high range of accurate data while barely relying on external factors, such as weather or light.