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Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

DHS S&T details RIVTD Track 2 launch

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) officials have outlined the Remote Identity Validation Technology Demonstration Track 2 launch. 

DHS S&T indicated in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Homeland Security Investigations Forensic Laboratory, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), RIVTD offers a series of technology challenges as a means of evaluating the ability of systems to authenticate identity documents, assess the liveness of selfie photos and evaluate identity verification using images taken with smartphones and similar devices.

“Since we announced the Remote Identity Technology Validation Tech Demo, we’ve received a tremendous response from technology users and developers,” S&T Biometric and Identity Technology Center Lead Arun Vemury said. “It’s clear there is a strong interest in a robust and collaborative process to strengthen these capabilities to combat fraud. As we move forward with the next test track, we invite technology developers to submit technologies capable of detecting when fraudsters attempt to use lost or stolen genuine IDs to open new accounts or apply for benefits. This track will test how well software compares face photos on ID documents to selfies and determine whether the images are of the same person.”

According to DHS S&T, the goal of each RIVTD track is to enable the industry to develop more secure, accurate, and easy-to-use technologies; objectively measure performance against realistic and sophisticated attacks; answer questions about the overall performance, risks, and fairness of these technologies for use in commercial or government applications; and inform efforts to standardize and certify technologies that are effective against sophisticated and rapidly evolving attacks. 

“We look forward to supporting this initiative to address evolving threats and combat fraud,” HSI Investigative Services Deputy Assistant Director Edward V. Owens said.