Jumio launches ePassport NFC reading software


Jumio has introduced the ability to scan and capture the information contained within an e-passport’s chip. 

Jumio said in a blog post this week that by incorporating this new NFC reading capability into its digital ID SDK, the firm can further enhance the onboarding experience for users and business customers by supporting e-passports.

"While the NFC capability can only address a portion of the supported ID documents, it offers significant potential if governments start including chips into other ID documents (e.g., driver’s licenses and ID cards)."

NFC captures and authenticates e-passports with Jumio by capturing a picture of the e-passport’s data page.

Jumio then reads and extracts the data from the e-passport’s chip. If valid, Jumio verifies the passport in seconds. 

Jumio said that with this method of ID verification offers a number of compelling advantages, including:

Data Extraction: With NFC, we can capture 100% accurate data extraction
Spoof-Proof: A big benefit of NFC is that we’re validating information against government-issued certificates which makes it impossible to spoof
Fully Automated: Because the chip information is automatically scanned, the verification process is nearly instantaneous
Global Coverage: We can support e-passports from 86 countries (and the lists continues to grow)
Contactless: The NFC capture can be performed anywhere without any physical contact
While the current functionality is limited to e-passports, online identity verification solution providers should be able to extend this chip-reading functionality to other types of ID documents. Jumio is blazing new trails with NFC, and we think it’s just a matter of time before the use of NFC becomes a principal paradigm for online identity verification.

"Given the global security landscape and the increased threat of terrorism, it just makes sense to evolve beyond dumb plastic to biometric-based e-passports. Together these advanced technologies can effectively combat identity theft, sophisticated fraud and other national security threats".

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