Home Press releases Innovatrics is joining the pursuit of inclusive, interoperable biometric systems as a member of OSIA workgroup
Transparency, technology neutrality and standardized approach define an interoperable biometric system, a common goal both for OSIA and for Innovatrics.
Trusted identity for everyone was a motto of Innovatrics since its inception in 2004. We are now glad to announce that we have become a member of Open Standards Identity API (OSIA) workgroup at Secure Identity Alliance (SIA). “The OSIA is an ideal fit for Innovatrics, because we have been big proponents of transparency and openness from the very beginnings of the company,” says Matus Kapusta, ABIS Product CEO at Innovatrics.
The aim of OSIA is to provide standardized, technology-neutral and interoperable biometric systems for biometric identification projects, so that the clients don’t suffer from vendor lock-ins and are able to interconnect their various systems into a single ecosystem. “The standardized interface makes sure that parts from different vendors will work together correctly, mitigating the future risks for the government that purchases the system,” adds M. Kapusta. Innovatrics is joining the ranks of other important industry players in OSIA, including Thales, Idemia and HID.
OSIA initiative is already supported by a number of countries, mostly from Africa and Asia. These countries benefit the most from a reliable, trusted way of verifying identity, as in many cases their national ID systems are unreliable or non-existent. This creates a risky environment for business and democracy, making people vulnerable and underserved, because they can’t benefit from a loan or participate in elections. Biometric registry creates an inclusive environment, making ID services available to all.
Innovatrics has already delivered a number of civil identification and national registry projects e.g. for Guinean elections or for issuing biometric passports in Ecuador. In Panama, we have replaced an older identification system specifically because the country wanted to avoid the vendor lock of the older solution. In all of our projects, technological neutrality, transparency and interoperability was paramount.