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The Importance of Liveness Detection in Identity Verification

In today’s digital age, the importance of secure and accurate identity verification can’t be understated.

In today’s digital age, the importance of secure and accurate identity verification can’t be understated. With the rise of online services, remote transactions and digital interactions, the need to reliably verify the identity of individuals online is greater than ever. 

Traditional methods of identity verification often involve presenting official documents, such as passports and driver’s licences, alongside personal information. However, these methods are far from foolproof and can be highly susceptible to fraud and impersonation. This is where liveness detection technology, such as the method used by SQR, comes into play.

Preventing Impersonation 


One of the primary advantages of using liveness detection technology is its ability to prevent fraudsters from successfully impersonating individuals during the onboarding process. 

SQR’s passive liveness feature actively verifies that the individual interacting with the device is not presenting a static image or a manipulated photo. This dynamic verification ensures that the person – whilst in a remote location – is physically present, and prevents the use of fraudulent images or videos (spoofing).

Industry Recognition and Compliance

The credibility of any technology often rests upon its certifications and compliance with industry standards. SQR is delighted to confirm that this service is certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – a renowned authority in biometrics that sets the benchmark for authentication technologies. 

The solution has undergone rigorous testing, achieving a remarkable 0% false reject rate (i.e. false positives – whereby real people are wrongly identified as inanimate), and a 0% success rate for presentation attacks (i.e. false negatives – a tactic used to try and spoof liveness systems). 

This quick and seamless check is used as part of SQR’s frictionless digital identity account creation process. When combined with our leading ID document validation service, ‘2+2’ KYC and AML database checks, and biometric facial match solution; organisations can be assured of a secure and accurate solution for client onboarding that stops fraud in its tracks.

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