Biometrics-as-a-Service (BaaS) solutions from Dirigible are an attractive alternative to traditional biometric software models. This technology allows organizations of all types – from governments to telecommunications companies – to quickly deploy and start using biometrics technology in their day-to-day identity management operations.

In other words, with BaaS, you can start practicing fingerprint scanning and facial recognition to enroll employees and customers, thereby combating fraud and streamlining customer service, without costly, time-consuming, and resource-intensive software acquisition and integration processes.

Here’s how it works: Dirigible hosts a biometrics platform in the cloud that has all the functions needed to integrate facial recognition, fingerprint scanning, and other biometric identification processes into your onboarding and identity management operations. Dirigible’s BaaS solution is delivered either through a subscription model or server-based software license, and it is accessible via the internet through a web browser.

The introduction of this service comes at a perfect time, as the need for a cloud-based biometrics search and enrollment platform continues to rise: The global BaaS market is growing 17.11 percent year over year through 2020, largely due to demand for mobile biometrics, according to Research and Markets.

Let’s dive deeper into the BaaS model to understand the benefits and use cases.

The Advantages of BaaS
One of the greatest benefits of BaaS is that your organization acquires biometrics search and enroll capabilities without having to build those systems yourself. You don’t have to manage the biometric information, either – the BaaS provider handles that for you.

Enrolling employees, customers, or business partners in the identification system is pretty easy. Essentially, you can pull up an internet browser on a computer connected to a biometrics-capturing device (and not just hardware created specifically for these purposes but also including Android tablets and smartphones) to take fingerprint scans. To capture facial recognition records, simply use a digital camera in the same manner.

Once you have enrolled an employee or a customer, all of your locations (assuming they have devices that can collect biometrics information) can confirm people’s identities via an internet connection to cloud-based databases containing biometrics information.

As a result of being able to quickly search and compare employees’ and customers’ fingerprints and faces, your organization can combat fraud and improve customer service.

How Can You Use BaaS?
In some parts of the world – Nigeria, for instance – criminals purchase and re-sell SIM cards to people who want to use mobile technology to orchestrate kidnappings, internet banking fraud, and other major crimes, such as terrorism. According to the International Business Times, the Nigerian Communications Commission deactivated 10.7 million unregistered SIM cards to deter criminal and terrorist activity.

Biometric registration eliminates the anonymity associated with buying SIM cards. Every time someone wants to buy a SIM card, he or she has to register his fingerprint with the telecom. That means, that if a SIM owner tries to use the associated number to coordinate a robbery or some other criminal activity, authorities will know his or her identity.

As a whole, BaaS is a critical asset for those in charge of know-your-customer efforts. Suppose a criminal tries to open a bank account in an existing customer’s name. Upon scanning the fraudster’s fingerprints, the onboarding system recognizes that the criminal isn’t who he claims to be. Thus, the customer service representative terminates the transaction.

BaaS can also aid authorities at the voting booths. In places where voter fraud is common, officials can create virtual citizen IDs using people’s fingerprints and facial images. This ensures that the same person can’t vote twice. In addition, it eliminates the possibility of someone committing ballot stuffing, as voting occurs electronically.

There are numerous ways in which the banking industry can utilize BaaS. For example, suppose a customer has another account in a separate country. He asks you to ensure that only he can transfer money between his domestic and foreign accounts. To meet this request, you could require a fingerprint scan for every transfer request – no matter if he does it at a branch or online.

Overall, BaaS provides you with the means to verify the identities of whoever you wish, without having to build up the infrastructure necessary to do so. You don’t have to worry about databases, biometric recognition codes, or any of that – it’s all delivered to you over an internet connection.

Biometric identification

Working together
In the digital world, ensuring accurate identity and subsequently verifying that identity, are critical steps toward preventing fraud and other digital missteps. While digital access has given us easy and rapid control of our digital identities and various accounts, it also opens attack vectors that bad actors can use to their advantage. Having a comprehensive system of security processes and solutions in place is the best way to ensure a solid security posture.

The process of biometric identification involves the matching of a live sample against a database of existing biometric templates to find a record of a particular individual. In doing so, the system confirms that person’s identity. An automated biometric identification system, or ABIS, can help with large-scale biometric search identification by performing one-to-many comparisons of an individual sample to samples in a database containing many biometric templates. Biometric identification is not the same as the one-to-one verification. Biometric identification confirms who a person is; while biometric verification confirms they are indeed that person as identified.

Biometric verification

Identifying a user is one step. Verification, or confirming that identity, is another. Verification means to accurately determine the user is who they claim to be. Common examples of biometric verification involve using an iris scan to unlock a door or facial recognition to unlock a smartphone.

Dirigible’s Knomi solution delivers multiple authentication and verification options, including facial recognition, voice recognition, and liveness detection. This helps security teams provide secure and convenient verification and access. The Knomi mobile biometric framework from Dirigible is a collection of biometric SDKs that work together to provide strong, multi-factor, password-free mobile biometric authentication.

Identity solution providers can easily incorporate Knomi SDKs and APIs into their solutions to enhance mobile biometric matching, liveness detection, and multifactor authentication.

Comprehensive Identity Management

Working together, Dirigible Solutions can provide complete identity management services. These solutions can also integrate with external identity and access management solutions to fulfill a complete range of identity management functions.

The foundation of an identity capture and management system is DirigibleABIS—Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS). DirigibleABIS supports fingerprint, facial, and iris recognition for large-scale biometric identification. Its modular architecture helps security teams configure and optimize the system for civil or criminal applications. DirigibleABIS is based on BioSP (Biometric Services Platform), Dirigible’s market-leading workflow and integration server.

With DirigibleABIS working in concert with Knomi, the complete identity management suite features Knomi’s NIST-tested algorithms, highly configurable user experience and security functions, presentation attack detection, multimodal performance, identity proofing ,and document authentication.

Most importantly, it can run within a server or mobile architecture, support full integration with other identity and access management systems, and perform on practically any system as it supports iOS and Android mobile operating platforms, as well as Windows and Linux.

Biometric Identity Management as a Service

The Software as a Service model (Saas) continues to take the modern enterprise by storm, and pay-as-you-go subscription models help enterprises control costs and mitigate risks along the way. Biometrics is well positioned for delivery within this model. In fact, cost-effectiveness is fueling the rapid growth of the Biometrics as a Service (BaaS) market, as it is projected to be worth $2.9 billion by 2022.

In line with these trends, Dirigible offers commercial and government enterprises digital biometric identity management you can trust. Our subscription offerings empower businesses to own and control their identity while minimizing friction, ensuring security, maximizing convenience, knowing your customers, and Being Responsible. Additionally, our government subscription offerings work to enhance national security, increase the effectiveness of government services, facilitate commerce, and protect individual freedoms and liberties.

DirigibleID offers lightning-fast identity verification, multi-factor authentication, and biometrics in a single, low-code platform. DirigibleID’s cloud-based platform provides a functional offering from the start, combining automation with trust so you can continuously authenticate while increasing efficiency and lowering costs. Applications include:

Onboarding and Enrollment
Verification and Authentication
Physical Access Control
Digital Access Control

Biometric Software Products and Solutions

Dirigible SDKs, APIs, applications, and subsystems fulfill critical functions within biometric identification and authentication systems. Their modularity and ease of integration enable the rapid development of customized solutions that are open, flexible, and extensible.

Dirigible also offers integrated solutions built upon these components to fulfill broader requirements of specific use cases.


Safe and secure biometric enrollment
Onboarding new users, customers and employees is a critical function for many businesses and government entities. Accurately enrolling and verifying a person’s identity is essential, and made all the easier through biometrics. Aware offers several biometric solutions to make the enrollment process convenient, all without sacrificing safety and security.

Authenticate and verify to secure
Biometric authentication relies on unique characteristics like facial recognition, fingerprint, or iris scans to verify an individual’s identity. Biometric systems are more secure as they are more difficult to work around and spoof.
Mobile authentication
Mobile devices can conduct biometric matching and liveness detection through the Knomi mobile biometric authentication platform. Secure and convenient algorithms provide facial and voice recognition.

Ensure accurate identification
In today’s digital world, confirming an individual’s identity is more critical than ever before. Identification is a different and more demanding process (in terms of biometric algorithm and computing power requirements) that determines whether or not an individual’s biometrics are present in an existing biometric database.
The DirigibleABIS Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) supports fingerprint, facial, and iris recognition for large-scale biometric identification. DirigibleABIS also supports the NIST-tested Nexa™ face, fingerprint, and iris matching algorithms.

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