Andrew Bud

iProov CEO Andrew Bud

iProov lands major US Homeland Security deal

The London-based tech firm has landed a lucrative deal to provide biometric facial verification technology to the US Department of Homeland Security.

iProov has become the first overseas company to be awarded a contract from the US Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).

The contract, worth US$190,000, will see the firm help US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) improve the passenger entry operation process in airports across the US. 

iProov was founded in 2011 by CEO Andrew Bud and its patented technology is now used by banks and governments around the world for secure customer onboarding, logon and authentication.

This helps them ensure that new and returning users are genuine and guards against fraudulent attempts to gain access to personal data or use a stolen identity.

This latest contract iProov has won however will see the company develop a proof-of-concept technology that aims to enhance cross-border passenger travel at unmanned ports of entries while reducing processing time.

It could help US CBP quickly, accurately and reliably identify travellers as they process through US border crossings.

Bud said: “We are delighted that iProov has been selected by the US Dept. of Homeland Security to enhance the way in which it processes people through US borders.

“Advances in machine learning and AI have enabled a revolution in facial biometrics in the last few years and we’re now seeing more and more cases of governments and banks turning to self-service, spoof-resilient face verification as the biometric of choice to both increase security and ensure ease of use.”

iProov was awarded the contract during a Government-led trade mission to the global cyber security conference RSA in San Francisco.

International trade secretary Dr Liam Fox said: “The UK and US are world leaders in cyber security.

“Through close cooperation across various sectors, trade between the two countries has grown to £181.2bn pounds in 2017 - making the US our largest trading partner and biggest export market.

“One example of our shared economic and security ties is UK based iProov technology which uses cutting-edge facial biometric verification technology to enhance security and deter those who seek to cause harm.

“It is now used by a range of institutions across the world and will soon be used by the US Customs and Border Protection, helping to enhance the way it processes people through US borders.”