Automated identity verification firm Onfido has acquired Airside Mobile Inc, a leader in private digital identity sharing technology for the travel industry.

Airside’s tech has been used by over 10 million travellers and is trusted by major US government agencies including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

Its customers include the world’s largest airlines, who allow passengers to use the innovative Airside Digital Identity App to fast-track passengers through US airports.

Airside’s privacy-first identity management technology, combined with Onfido’s industry-leading verification, enables a ‘verify once, use anywhere’ world, where customers can manage their own digital identity stored on their smartphone — using it to access new services without having to verify again. 

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This will transform the user experiences across travel, financial services, eCommerce, internet platforms and more, Onfido says.

Adam Tsao, founder of Airside, will lead the group within Onfido as general manager.

“Until now identity verification has digitised physical processes, but those processes haven’t changed. We’re still handing our identity over to be checked every time we access a new service,” said Mike Tuchen, CEO of Onfido. 

“This partnership will change that — giving users control and organisations greater confidence in who their customers are. We plan to take Airside’s proven approach to the  airline industry and apply it to other sectors requiring high customer assurance, such as financial services — providing a single, trusted view of each customer’s identity.”

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