“The stories of Canada’s Top Growing Companies are worth telling at any time, but are especially relevant in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic,” says James Cowan, Editor of Report on Business magazine. “As businesses work to rebuild the economy, their resilience and innovation make for essential reading.”
WorldReach celebrates a three-year growth of 404%! This represents the second highest growth rate of all 19 Ottawa-based companies on the list this year and is certainly an indication of a reinvigorating of the high-tech sector in the National Capital Region.
“The Globe and Mail’s Top Growing Companies designation shows that our strategy and execution by all staff has been outstanding,” Gordon Wilson, President and CEO, stated. “As the world continues to adapt to the global pandemic, there is accelerated interest in going digital. WorldReach expects to see further growth in 2021, particularly with our digital ID verification solutions and our ability to support safe, seamless and touchless border programs – essential to the world’s economic recovery efforts and return to travel.”
Launched in 2019, the Canada’s Top Growing Companies editorial ranking aims to celebrate entrepreneurial achievement in Canada by identifying and amplifying the success of growth-minded, independent businesses in Canada. It is a voluntary program; companies had to complete an in-depth application process in order to qualify. In total, 400 companies earned a spot on this year’s ranking.
The full list of 2020 winners is published in the October issue of Report on Business magazine—out now—and online at tgam.ca/TopGrowing.
“Any business leader seeking inspiration should look no further than the 400 businesses on this year’s Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies,” says Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail. “Their growth helps to make Canada a better place, and we are proud to bring their stories to our readers.”
About WorldReach Software
WorldReach Software uses innovative processes and technology to 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 and seamless traveller journey with the travel sector; • highly trusted digital Identity verification and corroboration.
In September 2018, WorldReach signed a multi-year contract with the UK Home Office for the use of its smartphone based digital ID Verification (IDV) and enrolment capability. For more information on the world’s most successful remote identity verification immigration programme, employing WorldReach software: read our EU Settlement Case Study.
About The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail is Canada’s foremost news media company, leading the national discussion and causing policy change through brave and independent journalism since 1844. With award-winning coverage of business, politics and national affairs, The Globe and Mail newspaper reaches 5.9 million readers every week in print or digital formats, and Report on Business magazine reaches 2.1 million readers in print and digital every issue. The Globe and Mail’s investment in innovative data science means that as the world continues to change, so does The Globe. The Globe and Mail is owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family.
Press contact: Shelley Bryen, Director of Marketing, +1 (613) 697-6997
WorldReach Software: The Urgent Need for Remote and Touchless Identity Services for Travel After the Pandemic
At the time of writing, in May 2020, many international flights are cancelled, and airports are mostly deserted. Soon, however, health restrictions will begin to lift and international travel will show the first green shoots of recovery. That recovery will depend on the industry’s ability to respond to the legitimate concerns of travellers.
High on the list of traveller concerns will be: am I required to wait in close proximity with other travellers, and am I required to use touch devices (such as kiosks, eGates and fingerprint readers) immediately after other travellers?
At WorldReach, we have been working for several years on an IDV service (identity and document verification) designed for the specific needs of travel and border control. Our platform – Know Your Traveller™ – combines the power of smartphones to read a passport chip (via NFC) with the latest in facial recognition technology.
Any organisation using this service can have confidence that a genuine document has been presented and that the traveller is a real, live person who is the rightful holder of the document. All this can be achieved remotely.
This IDV service is already in production at volume in the real world: it has been used since early 2019 in the UK as the first step in the innovative EU Settlement Scheme. More than 3 million EU nationals have already applied successfully to settle in the UK, and an overwhelming majority did so remotely with no in-person visit and no mailing of hard copy documents.
This remote, touchless approach has huge potential across the travel continuum. Instead of requiring newly arrived travellers to stand in a queue with others and use a touch-screen kiosk or eGate, why not allow them to enrol before travel, on their own smartphone, and grant access based on a touchless facial match at the border?
Enrolling travellers in this way, via biometric matching at each airport touchpoint, is the seamless travel vision central to the IATA One ID concept.
Instead of expecting visa applicants to travel to an application centre and wait with others to enrol their biometrics, why not allow them to submit the information remotely, using a mobile device?
At WorldReach, we believe travel service providers can contribute to pandemic recovery globally by adopting new processes that support the remote and touchless use of biometrics. We in the industry have an obligation to work collaboratively with agencies and partners to make that happen.
Jon Payne Executive Director, Global Partnerships WorldReach Software
While we’ve all been a bit busy with… you know what, a major UK Identity milestone was achieved that all of us in the Digital Identity ecosystem should have been very impressed with:
That no less than 3.5 million successful applications for a highly time-sensitive Government service were made using digital ID software on a smartphone – and that makes the project in question the world’s largest, most successful digital on-boarding immigration programme using remote identity verification with ePassport chip reading and liveness detection.
We’re referring to the Home Office EUSS (EU Settlement Scheme), which was set up to support the application process of European Economic Area (EEA) nationals living in the UK to apply for a UK immigration status as part of our leaving the European Union. As Minister for Future Borders and Immigration Kevin Foster states, “The [EU Settlement] scheme is the biggest of its kind in British history,” and the 3.5 million figure was reached with over a year still to go until the 30 June 2021 deadline.
Though not without some critics, the system was famously designed to be something that could be done quickly and securely by the user on their phones, an “EU Exit: ID Document Check” app, on Android or iOS smartphone, that was promised to assist applicants in promptly and securely confirming their identity without the need to submit documents to the Home Office by mail or in person.
The service supports multiple eIDs including ePassports, UK biometric residence cards and EU citizen eID cards, all using ICAO standards. And given that according to March 2020 Home Office data on the project (EU Settlement Scheme Statistics March 2020), it looks like that core design principle of easy digital functionality and access has been proven right.
In fact, there’s lots of genuinely impressive benchmarking going on here, and whatever your personal opinions about either the Home Office or Brexit, anyone interested in battle-testing the promise of ID at scale has to stop and listen. For a start, the project was up and running very quickly: after only a three-month beta phase, the app was live on GOV.UK at the end of March last year and included three optional paths for EEA nationals:
To prove their Identity in applying for status via post
By visiting a local service provider
A completely digital route.
What’s really interesting (and encouraging) is that the vast majority chose digital. And given that the total target group is believed to be about 3.5 million, getting that near completion, mainly electronically, and with such a high success rate… is pretty good.
No wonder Westminster’s pleased with this one; after all, it’s almost unprecedented… a successful HMG IT project! “Our use of world-class technology means that people can apply from the comfort of their home in as little as 15 minutes,” the Security Minister Brandon Lewis wrote in The Times in January. Lewis, noting how the app is successfully using facial recognition and smartphone technology to make the process as easy for as many people as possible, also pointed out that at the back end his Department is ensuring “a secure digital status which cannot be lost, damaged or tampered with [as EUSS] future-proofs [your] immigration status”.
Quite rightly, his public acknowledgement of the achievement of this national ID-based system also notes that EUSS’s level of innovation is “unheard of in immigration systems around the world” and should definitely be something “we are extremely proud of”.
System Availability since the start of live production is 99.97%—exceeding SLA commitments agreed with the supplier
79% of applicants indicated that proving their identity through the app was either “very easy” or “fairly easy”
The app receives an average 4.1 star satisfaction rating on Google Play Store.
By the way, we are often given the example of successful ID programmes in the Nordics that didn’t go down the government-issued (eg GOV.UK Verify) route, but instead piggy-backed off the financial/banking route. And EUSS more than holds its own against this benchmark, comparing very well with the remote digital on-boarding rate achieved in the banking sector. Other great proof points here include the fact that:
It’s more than time to ask the ID company that’s behind all this to step forward and take a bow. That is, of course, Canadian ID leader WorldReach Software, which is all about powering-up highly trusted digital public services for immigration, passport, border management, consular and citizen services organisations (and whose customers include Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland and a bunch of both British Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, the Virgin Islands, St. Helena) as well as key UK Crown Dependencies (Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey) & Gibraltar).
WorldReach Software was selected in October 2017, along with its partners InnoValor and iProov, to support the Identity & Document Verification (IDV) components of the EUSS through the development, integration and testing phases. This remote IDV digital service is based on WorldReach’s Know Your Traveller platform, and in September 2018, the company was awarded a multi-year contract with the Home Office for the operation and management of the digital verification capability supporting EUSS.
In technical terms, IdentityReach reads the ePassport chip’s security features to authenticate the legitimacy of the document. Facial matching is achieved by comparing the secure reference image from the ePassport chip to a live selfie captured by smartphone camera. Genuine presence technology is applied to mitigate attempts at identity fraud.
Commenting on this landmark engagement for his company, for WorldReach’s President, Gordon Wilson, “The use of remote ID Verification at a high trust level by the UK for EUSS provides a clear proof statement that the public is ready to accept a digital route for on-boarding—and that they are quite capable of using their own smartphone and ePassport or eCitizen ID to conduct said digital on-boarding.
“The milestone of well over 3 million successful EUSS applications, mostly achieved digitally, also demonstrates that delivery of other government or customer services digitally requiring high levels of Identity Assurance is preferred by the majority—plus, that the technology is capable of delivering.
“This is highly reassuring even before lockdown, which has made the reliable and scalable delivery of public service innovation a paramount concern for policy-makers.”
To find original article from Think Digital Partners, go here
WorldReach at connect:ID in Washington DC
March 5, 2020
WorldReach is proud to be exhibiting at connect:ID, March 11-12, 2020 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Connect:ID is a world class identity conference and exhibition, showcasing the potential of trusted identity solutions, and highlighting how disruptive technology and policy decisions are driving much needed change.
WorldReach will be located at Booth #200, showcasing IdentityReach, our remote identity and document verification (IDV) solution. IdentityReach, is the core of the digital channel for the UK Home Office’s EU Settlement Scheme. Our IDV solution reads the ePassport chip to authenticate the legitimacy of the document. Facial matching is achieved by comparing the secure reference image from the ePassport chip to a live selfie captured by smartphone camera, and genuine presence (also known as liveness detection) is applied to mitigate attempts at identity fraud.
If you are attending the conference and interested in setting up a meeting with Jon Payne, Global Partnerships Executive Director, Shelley Bryen, Director of Marketing or Steven Grant, Director of Business Development, please contact us directly.
WorldReach Software enables highly trusted digital services through its systems for government immigration, passport, border management, consular and citizen services organizations. WorldReach supplies remote identity verification and on-boarding services, secure eID/travel document issuance and consular software, including the Know Your Traveller™ (KYT) innovative platform/processes.
In September 2018, WorldReach signed a multi-year contract with the UK Home Office for the use of its smartphone based digital ID Verification (IDV) and enrolment capability. The KYT platform is the front end IDV app supporting the EU Settlement Scheme. WorldReach is a member of the Biometrics Institute, the International Border Management & Technologies Association (IBMATA), a Global Member of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) focusing on the Seamless Traveller Journey, and a Strategic Partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) contributing to the IATA OneID initiative. Government customers include Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, British Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, the Virgin Islands), and UK Crown Dependencies (Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey) & Gibraltar.
WorldReach at Think Digital Identity for Government 2020
February 12, 2020
On Thursday, February 13th, WorldReach Software will be exhibiting at THINK Digital Identity for Government 2020. The conference, located at One Great George Street, London, United Kingdom, will focus on various aspects from the strategy, ethos and the ethics around digital identity to the actual delivery and real life examples of Identity programmes across the public sector. Identity leaders across government and the private sector from both the UK and overseas will be participating, sharing their experiences and insight in an ever developing sector.
WorldReach will be showcasing IdentityReach, our identity and document verification solution. IdentityReach, the core of the EU Settlement Scheme App, reads the ePassport chip’s security features to authenticate the legitimacy of the document. Facial matching is achieved by comparing the secure reference image from the ePassport chip to a live selfie captured by smartphone camera, and genuine presence (also known as liveness detection) is applied to mitigate attempts at identity fraud.
If you are attending and interested in setting up a meeting at this event with Shelley Bryen, Director of Marketing, Jon Payne, Director, U.K., or Carl Gohringer, WorldReach Senior Consultant, please contact us directly.
WorldReach Software helps ensure traveller safety and security worldwide through its systems for government immigration, visa, passport, border management, and consular organisations. We supply secure eID/Travel Document issuance and remote identity verification services, including best practices and the Know Your Traveller™ (KYT) innovative platform/processes.
In September 2018, WorldReach signed a multi-year contract with the UK Home Office for the use of its smartphone based digital ID Verification (IDV) and enrolment capability. The KYT platform is the front end IDV app supporting the EU Settlement Scheme. WorldReach is a member of the Biometrics Institute, the International Border Management & Technologies Association (IBMATA), a Global Member of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) focusing on the Seamless Traveller Journey, and a Strategic Partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) contributing to the IATA OneID initiative. Government customers include Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, St Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and UK Crown Dependencies & Gibraltar. www.worldreach.com
WorldReach Software will be attending AFCEA’s Federal Identity Forum & Exposition (FedID 18). Formerly known as the Global Identity Summit, FedID 18 will be held at the Tampa Convention Center on September 25-27, 2018. This event is the U.S. federal government’s primary outreach and collaboration-building event with the worldwide identity community.
FedID 18 offers identity professionals from the federal government and the private sector 3 continuous days for information sharing, strategic planning, and collaboration building.
Shelley Bryen, Director of Marketing will be attending the conference sessions. She will be meeting with subject matter experts, industry and government partners, and demoing WorldReach’s latest identity and document verification solutions and services.
If you are interested in setting up a meeting at this event, please contact us directly.
WorldReach Software helps ensure traveller safety and security worldwide through its systems for government immigration, border management and consular organizations. WorldReach supplies secure eID/Travel Document issuance, remote identity and document verification services and consular software, including best practices and the Know Your Traveller™ (KYT) innovative platform/processes. Customers include governments from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, Denmark, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, St Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands. For more information contact: www.worldreach.com