WorldReach Software, an Entrust Company, will be exhibiting and presenting in person at Identity Week, 22-23 September, at the ExCeL London.
Identity Week is an exhibition and conference bringing together the brightest minds in the identity sector to promote innovation, new thinking, and more effective identity solutions.
Key areas of focus include: secure physical credentials, digital identity, and advanced authentication technologies, such as biometrics.
Don’t miss us at our Stand 428 or on the panel, “The Value of Identity Documents for Digital Identities”, where we will discuss how electronic identity documents and digital identities together can support strong security and improve user experiences. The panel will take place at 12:30 BST on September 22.
About WorldReach, an Entrust Company WorldReach Software, acquired by Entrust in April 2021, uses innovative processes and technology to remotely verify you are who you say you are to enable digital services delivery, through its systems for:
• government travel services (borders, immigration, passport, consular) and digital citizen services; • safe & seamless traveller journey with the travel sector; • high assurance digital Identity verification and corroboration.
Entrust acquires WorldReach Software: expands solutions portfolio to enable digital transformation for traveler and citizen-identity services
By Todd Wilkinson, CEO Entrust
The past year has been all about transformation. The response to the global pandemic has accelerated long term changes in the way we interact, move and spend. Consumers have come to expect all-digital, all-online enablement to access critical services from businesses, institutions and governments. This likely permanent market shift has made making digital ID Verification an essential capability – digital and touchless technology and processes are critical to keeping the world moving safely and securely.
That’s why I am excited to announce that Entrust has acquired WorldReach Software, a Canadian-based company that helps governments and travel service providers improve international travel through the digital modernization of immigration, border management programs and safe and seamless traveler journeys.
WorldReach was founded in 1998 in Ottawa and has become a recognized leader in identity solutions for travel and citizen services. WorldReach has innovative technology in ICAO-compliant identity verification and digital onboarding, and the team has the expertise to implement these solutions at scale. The company has seen strong demand for its services, and was recently named to the Toronto Globe and Mail’s 2020 ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies.
The WorldReach team is a natural fit for Entrust. Entrust is a proven leader in identity and access management (IAM) and secure digital and physical credentials for businesses and government. Combining the core capabilities of our two organization allows us to better serve our government and international travel industry customers with world-class, fully-integrated digital security solutions and expertise.
Together, we will leverage our global footprint, innovation and professional services capabilities to extend the reach of these solutions to positively impact tens of millions of traveler experiences and digital citizen identity interactions each year.
To learn more about the WorldReach acquisition, read the press release.
Entrust Acquires WorldReach, Adding Leading Solutions for Digital Traveler and Citizen Identity Experiences
WorldReach acquisition places Entrust at the forefront of digital transformation in travel and citizen identification services
MINNEAPOLIS (April 19, 2021) − Entrust, a global leader in trusted identity, payments and data protection, today announced that it has acquired WorldReach Software, a Canadian company thathelps governments and travel service providers create seamless traveler experiences through the digital transformation of the trusted identification process for immigration and border management programs.
Ottawa-based WorldReach was founded in 1998 and its over 30 employees have joined Entrust with the acquisition, including founder and CEO, Gordon Wilson, who continues to lead WorldReach as an Entrust business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“The ability to verify identity and manage trusted access digitally is the key to transforming travel and citizen services around world. WorldReach is a great fit for Entrust, with deep experience in identity verification and digital onboarding solutions implemented at scale for governments and global travel providers. With the WorldReach acquisition, Entrust can help these organizations reshape government and travel service experiences around secure digital identities,” said Todd Wilkinson, CEO of Entrust.
Governments, border authorities and the travel industry are accelerating efforts to modernize digital services to citizens and travelers to be more touchless, seamless and efficient. WorldReach has leveraged expertise and innovative identity and document verification technology to enable government agencies and travel service providers to reach these goals. Examples include Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) and enrollment for security screening, arrival and border security; a “zero touch” customs and border management solution; and a digital onboarding program for immigration that uses remote identity verification with ePassport chip reading and liveness detection, used by more than five million people to date.
“We see tremendous opportunity to leverage digital identity and encryption technology in innovative ways to make the experience of travel, border crossing, immigration and other citizen services more secure, safe and seamless. As part of Entrust, WorldReach customers will benefit from the opportunity to integrate proven Entrust technology and expertise in digital travel credentials, PKI and certificate solutions and identity and access management,” said Gordon Wilson, WorldReach founder and vice president and Global Lead for Seamless Travel at Entrust.
Entrust will leverage its global reach and professional services to extend opportunities of WorldReach services to positively impact tens of millions of digital interactions annually for travelers and citizens. “Entrust is a world leader in data security and digital and physical credentials. By adding the WorldReach team, we extend our ability to serve government and large enterprise customers, particularly in the international travel sector. In the wake of the global pandemic and the drive for safe and rapid digital transformation to serve travelers and citizens around the world, these services are more relevant than ever,” said Tony Ball, SVP of Instant Issuance at Entrust.
WorldReach solutions focus on Digital Identity Verification and Onboarding; the Safe & Seamless Traveler Journey; and Government Travel and Citizen Services. The company has deep expertise in ICAO-compliant secure travel and identity document issuance that underpins leading remote digital identity and document verification solutions.
“WorldReach is in a strong position in the verifiable credential space…This is being evidenced by WorldReach’s involvement in the UK government’s EU national immigration status checks and as part of the new ‘Digital Travel Credentials’ (DTC) standards. WorldReach’s position is strong, as border checks are becoming part of the digital transformation of governments and airports. WorldReach, as a company, is well placed to either take part as a point solution, or be woven into the wider ecosystems that handle travelers and other government IDs.”
Sampford Advisors acted as the exclusive M&A advisor to WorldReach Software. Dentons Canada LLP served as legal counsel to Entrust, and LaBarge Weinstein LLP served as legal counsel to WorldReach on the transaction.
Entrust keeps the world moving safely by enabling trusted identities, payments and data protection. Today more than ever, people demand seamless, secure experiences, whether they’re crossing borders, making a purchase, accessing e-government services or logging into corporate networks. Entrust offers an unmatched breadth of digital security and credential issuance solutions at the very heart of all these interactions. With more than 2,500 colleagues, a network of global partners, and customers in over 150 countries, it’s no wonder the world’s most entrusted organizations trust us. For more information, visit www.entrust.com.
Ken Kadet, VP, Public Relations, Entrust 952-937-1154 |