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Jumio Partners with Philippines Remittance Provider I-Remit

Identity verification innovator Jumio is working with Philippines-based remittance provider I-Remit to help the company enhance both digital onboarding and KYC. I-Remit is the largest Filipino-owned non-bank remittances provider and will leverage technology from Jumio to provide identity verification for its IREMITX money transfer platform.

“It’s imperative that the remittance industry, and the financial services world at large, streamlines the digital onboarding process for customers,” Jumio vice president for Asia Pacific Frederic Ho said. “Jumio is happy to partner with I-Remit in order to create an intuitive and secure digital experience for their global customer base, offering bank-grade security, dramatically faster verification, and increased conversions.”

Jumio combines face-based biometrics, certified 3D liveness detection, and selfie-based authentication to provide enterprises with a secure and seamless way to verify the real-world identities of their customers. The company’s trusted-identity-as-a-service solutions leverage augmented intelligence and machine learning to help companies boost conversions, prevent fraud and account takeover, and meet key compliance needs and directives from AML and KYC to GDPR and PSD2.

I-Remit EVP of International Treasury Ron Benito credited Jumio’s technology for addressing two of the company’s biggest challenges: onboarding scalability and customer experience. “Jumio saves us money and time, provides eKYC speed and precision, and the customer onboarding experience is superior,” Benito said.

Founded in 2001, I-Remit has a network of 1,000+ subsidiaries, branches, and agents in 23 countries and territories in Asia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition to working with Jumio, I-Remit has partnered with Finovate alum Ripple, making it the first Filipino-owned company to leverage blockchain technology to conduct cross-border money transfers.

Teaming up with I-Remit is the latest international collaboration for the Palo Alto, California-based company. Over the summer, Jumio partnered with BTG Pactual, helping the Brazilian investment bank improve its onboarding processes. The company also collaborated with Bahrain-based Bank ABC, one of MENA’s leading international banks, to provide identity verification for the mobile-only bank.

Jumio’s partnership news comes less than a month after the company announced the beta release of its first, real-time, automated identity verification solution, Jumio Go. The technology gives companies a secure and reliable method of verifying remote logins. Company president Robert Prigge indicated that offering a fully-automated identity verification solution had always been a matter of “when, rather than if” for Jumio and highlighted the role of certified liveness detection to provide a higher level of defense against deepfakes and other spoofing attacks. “Jumio Go prevents bad actors and bots from creating fake accounts thanks to our embedded liveness detection,” Prigge said, “which is a powerful deterrent for fraudsters and cybercriminal.”

Jumio demonstrated its Netverify identity verification solution at FinovateAsia last year. The technology establishes that the person behind a transaction is both present and who they say they are by comparing a selfie to the photograph on government-issued ID. Netverify uses liveness detection to ensure “presentness” and verifies the authenticity of the ID document, as well.

Founded in 2010, Jumio was acquired by Centana Growth Partners in 2016. Since inception, Jumio has verified more than 200 million identities issued by more than 200 countries and territories for real-time mobile and online transactions.