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Jumio Adds iProov’s Award-Winning Liveness Detection to its KYX Platform

Jumio, the leading provider of AI-powered end-to-end identity verification and eKYC solutions, today announced the company is partnering with iProov to roll out its proven liveness detection solutions worldwide. Liveness detection enables Jumio to detect if a person is real — that is, it can distinguish between imagery of a live user present at the point of capture versus a fake from a spoofed artifact (e.g., a picture of a picture or a deepfake video).

“With iProov’s suite of liveness detection and presence assurance solutions, we can offer our customers the highest levels of security for online identity verification, without compromising the user experience,” said Robert Prigge, Jumio CEO. “iProov equips us with the upgraded flexibility needed to realize the opportunities of digital transformation with a simple, effective and powerful fraud deterrent that is trusted by a growing number of global banks, government bodies and digitally native enterprises.”

“We’re excited to partner with Jumio to deliver our world-class presence assurance solutions to its global customer base,” said Andrew Bud, iProov founder and CEO. “The drive toward digital transformation, ease-of-use and bank-grade security demands liveness detection experiences that are simple, secure and inclusive of aging populations.”

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SMS Routing Provider GMS to Offer Mobileum’s NextGen SMS Firewall

Mobileum and Global Message Services (GMS), an international messaging service provider for mobile operators and enterprises, are partnering to provide mobile operators an integrated solution that protects networks against smishing and SMS spam, while allowing them to monetize application-to-person (A2P) and other SMS traffic.

GMS will offer Mobileum’s next-generation SMS Firewall as a critical service layer to ensure the highest level of messaging security. GMS is a trusted SMS routing provider and serves as a single point of access for messaging traffic exchange with all mobile operators and enterprises. Its global messaging protection proposition to its MNO customers protects their traffic, guarantees network security and ensures message delivery to maximize revenues.

Robert Rose, Chief Strategy Officer at GMS – By integrating our Managed Services offering with Mobileum’s next-generation SMS Firewall, our customers receive all the benefits of a state-of-the-art firewall without the headaches of managing it.

Stephen Ornadel, VP responsible for Mobileum’s security business – Mobileum is pleased to partner with GMS to provide leading-edge SMS Firewall protection for their managed services customers. A2P messaging traffic provides substantial revenue streams for mobile network operators, yet grey route traffic continues to cause significant losses in revenue each year.

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Infobip Rated Tier One SMS Firewall Vendor in Mobile Operator Survey by ROCCO Research

Leading global engagement solutions and telco services provider Infobip announced today it has been rated Tier One SMS firewall vendor in the annual survey of mobile operators worldwide conducted by ROCCO Research. In a survey of 215 mobile network operators from 109 countries, Infobip placed in the top two overall rating of providers with a score of 4.38 out of a possible 5 and topped the ratings in performance and leadership categories. This marks Infobip’s fourth consecutive appearance in the top tier of SMS firewall vendors worldwide, further solidifying its reputation as a reliable and high-performing provider of SMS traffic filtering and monetization solutions.

“We’re absolutely delighted with the findings of this year’s SMS firewall vendor survey by ROCCO. Our mobile operator partners have recognized the efforts we put into building a comprehensive ecosystem that combines cutting edge development of filtering solutions with a proactive approach to traffic monetization. We’re also pleased that the survey highlighted further growth and innovation areas that complement our vision for the future,” said Infobip founder and CEO Silvio Kutic.

Founder and chairman of ROCCO Group, Jason Bryan concludes: “Once again we find another reason to celebrate the performance and leadership of Infobip, a company greatly admired by the Mobile Operator community. Featuring again in ROCCO’s fourth annual SMS Firewall Vendor Benchmarking study, Infobip has grown to become a leader in SMS Firewall on several key KPIs based on the feedback of MNOs globally.”

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Brexit pushes Boku to take out Irish payments licence

Boku, a US payments firm listed in London, has obtained a payments licence from the Central Bank of Ireland to support its European business and aid further product expansion.

The company develops mobile payment solutions that connect merchants and mobile operators for billing and identity verification.

A spokesperson for Boku said the company gained the licence to shore up its EU operations. It is also licenced in the UK.

“Boku is a global business, it has significant business in the EU and has had for a considerable time. Obviously since Brexit, there is a need to change arrangements – and this is an exercise to make sure that everything is robust in the EU,” the spokesperson said.

It added that the payments licence is necessary for launching or expanding certain new products – such as e-wallets for online shopping – that it has in the pipeline.

“The need for Boku to operate through licenced payment institutions is expected to increase,” Boku’s spokesperson said.

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Telefónica in pact with quantum companies for virtual data centres

Telefónica is working with two quantum companies to integrate the emerging technology into its cloud service that is hosted in its virtual data centres.

The Spanish group’s digital business unit, Telefónica Tech, says it is working with a company in Barcelona and another in New York on quantum random number generation and entropy-as-a-service (EaaS) architectures.

Hugo de los Santos (pictured), director of products and services at Telefónica Cyber & Cloud Tech, said: “Offering this key quantum-generated resource is a significant advantage for both our internal and external customers. It is especially important for our enterprise customers with demands for high quality and high-performance random numbers, who will benefit from this unique feature.”

Telefónica and its partners say they have validated an extensive number of use cases, including enhanced key generation for cryptographic modules, data security in software-defined networks, Monte Carlo simulations and randomisation for gaming applications.

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