Apr 1, 2020

Jumio's free AI Verification Services for COVID-19 Relief

Evelyn Howat
3 min
Fintech magazine FREE AI-Powered ID Verification Services for COVID-19 Relief
Jumio Corporation, the global leader in AI-powered verification technology, will provide free...

Jumio Corporation, the global leader in AI-powered verification technology, will provide free identity verification services during the COVID-19 crisis

Jumio said the free identification services will be provided to all qualifying organisations that are involved in relief efforts and assistance related to COVID-19.  

It explained that, during the coronavirus crisis, organisations have an urgent need to quickly and effectively “identity proof” patients and workers, often remotely. Online identity verification can solve this problem. 

Accordingly, the free services are provided through it’s AI-powered, fully automated solution, Jumio Go

Jumio Go offers remote user verification in three simple steps:

  • ID proofing check

  • Similarity checks that compare face and photo

  • Liveness checks that ensure the person holding the ID is present

  • Definitive results - the product is capable of delivering an instant confirmation of identity




Other benefits of Jumio Go include streamlined user onboarding, easy integration into existing systems and processes, real-time identification results and resilience against fraud like deepfake crime.

The latter is particularly important during times of vulnerability and crisis, when criminals have a greater opportunity to scam, attack and misrepresent. 

Jumio is a trusted real-time, friction-free identity verification provider for the likes of Monzo, Airbnb and easyJet.

Jumio Go for Good

Jumio Go Remote User Identification will provide services to those qualifying organisations in three key areas:

  • Telehealth: Social distancing and spread prevention methods in many countries across Europe mean that anyone with mild COVID-19 symptoms should not be attending face-to-face medical appointments. Diagnosing and treating patients remotely is vital, but so is the confidentiality of medical appointments. Jumio Go can quickly enable telehealth services, thus protecting doctor-patient interactions. 

  • Online education and testing services: In the blink of an eye, nearly all education has been forced to go remote, with classes and exams now being held virtually. In such an environment it is difficult for organisations to know if the actual enrolled student is participating in an online curriculum or exam. AI-powered identity verification means the integrity of virtual classrooms and testing environments can be maintained.

  • Other essential services: With masses of volunteers aiding crisis efforts, there remains a responsibility to protect those who are vulnerable. By verifying drivers, volunteers and other employees providing care and services to those who are affected and vulnerable. 

About the company

Jumio was founded in 2010 by Daniel Mattes, an Austrian internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Since then, the company has verified more than 160 million identities issued by over 200 countries and territories from real-time web and mobile transactions. 

In 2017, Jumio expanded its global footprint with new offices in London, New York and Rajasthan, India. By the end of June 2019, the company reported its largest sales quarter in history: a growth of 45% in sales over the same quarter in the previous year.

 

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

Technology
Fastly
servers
websites
Tilly Kenyon & Oliver James Fr...
3 min
Multiple outages have hit social media, government, and news websites across the globe

A huge outage has brought down a number of major websites around the world. Among those affected are gov.uk, Hulu, PayPal, Vimeo, and news outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and Financial Times.

It is thought a glitch at Fastly ─ a popular CDN provider ─ is causing the worldwide issue. Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website but fails to specify a reason for the fault ─ only that the problem isn’t limited to a single data centre and, instead, is a “global CDN disruption” that is potentially affecting the company’s global network.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm said.

What is Fastly?

Fastly is a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. The company also provides security, video delivery, and so-called edge computing services. They use strategically distributed, highly performant POPs to help move data and applications closer to users and deliver up-to-date content quickly.

The firm has been proving increasingly popular among leading media websites. After going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, shares rose exponentially in price, but after today’s outages, Fastly’s value has taken a sharp 5.21% fall and are currently trading at US$48.06. 

What are CDNs?

Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a web of small computers, or servers, that link together to collaborate as a single computer. CDNs improve the performance of internet-connected devices by placing these servers as close as possible to the people using those devices in different locations, creating hundreds of points of presence, otherwise known as POPs.

They help minimise delays in loading web page content by reducing the physical distance between the server and the user. This helps users around the world view the same high-quality content without slow loading times. 

Without a CDN, content origin servers must respond to every single end-user request. This results in significant traffic to the origin and subsequent load, thereby increasing the chances for origin failure if the traffic spikes are exceedingly high or if the load is persistent.

The Risk of CDNs

Over time, developers have attempted to protect users from the dangers of overreliance through the implementation of load balancing, DDoS (Denial of Service) protection, web application firewalls, and a myriad of other security features. 

Clearly, by the state of today’s major website outage, these measures aren’t enough. Evidently, CDNs present a risk factor that is widely underestimated ─ which needs to be rectified with haste. Content delivery networks have become a key part of the global infrastructure, and so it’s imperative that organisations start to figure out risk mitigation strategies to protect companies reliant on the interconnected service from further disruption and disarray. 

Over the coming days, both Technology Magazine and Data Centre Magazine will continue to provide updates on the current situation as developments are made.

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