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Home Office selects iProov to provide facial verification services for visa applications

British startup iProov has won a multi-year contract to supply the Home Office with facial verification services to support visa applications after Brexit.

The software will be embedded in the government’s new EU Exit Settlement Scheme smartphone app, and can authenticate users’ identity by cross-matching video recordings against passport photographs.

Earlier this year, iProov became the first overseas business to win a contract from the US Department of Homeland Security’s innovation program to help the government secure cross-border passenger travel.

Commenting on the Home Office deal, iProov’s founder and CEO, Andrew Bud, said he was delighted to have won the contract. “Our position as the worldwide leader in this sector has been built with great support from the UK government over many years,” he added. “Our mission to assure trust in the online ecosystem has never been more important.”

The Home Office announced over summer that it was planning to hire an IT director to oversee Brexit tech. The department is grappling with a number of technological issues as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

One of the biggest hurdles for the Home Office is upgrading UK border services to meet demand after Brexit. The National Audit Office warned that flagging border technology risked compromising operations after the UK leaves the union.