Digital Onboarding & Reusable Identity, All From Your Phone

The KYC process is an opportunity to offer enhanced convenience & security.

Digital Onboarding & Reusable Identity, All From Your Phone
Digital Onboarding & Reusable Identity, All From Your Phone
September 4, 2023

I recently joined valid8Me's board, intrigued and convinced by their reusable identity and smartphone-based onboarding ideas.


There is a significant societal, regulatory and technology transformation underway in the KYC space, a transformation driven by the key integration of reusable identities and smartphone-based onboarding. These two innovations are making the KYC process more efficient and user-friendly, marking a positive shift for both consumers and financial institutions.


The days of redundant identity verification procedures are numbered. With the advent of reusable identities, individuals can establish a single verified identity that can be utilized across various platforms and institutions. This not only simplifies the user experience but also reduces the need for repetitive verification checks. By leveraging a pre-verified identity, businesses can expedite onboarding processes and focus on providing better services rather than dwelling on exhaustive verification protocols.


Our smartphones have become essential tools in our daily lives, and they are now becoming key players in the KYC process. Smartphone-based onboarding capitalizes on the capabilities of these devices – their cameras, biometric sensors, and secure communication protocols– to offer a seamless identity verification experience. Users can effortlessly capture clear images of identification documents, sidestepping the need for traditional scanning methods. Biometric authentication methods, such as fingerprint scans and facial recognition, further enhance security and streamline the verification process, ensuring a secure and user-friendly experience.


The true magic happens when these two advancements converge. Reusable identities combined with smartphone-based onboarding create a powerful synergy that simplifies the KYC process for all parties involved. A user establishes a verified identity once, and this identity can be shared effortlessly with different regulated entities and institutions through their smartphones. For new services, individuals can access their pre-verified identity, complete with necessary - and up-to-date - documents and biometric data. This not only enhances efficiency but also reduces the chances of identity fraud and inaccuracies.


I firmly believe that the journey toward an efficient and effective KYC process is being redefined by reusable identities and smartphone-based onboarding. These innovations - exemplified by the valid8Me solutions - are poised to elevate user experiences while streamlining operations for businesses. As we embrace these advancements, we step into an era where the KYC process becomes not just an unnecessary chore, but an opportunity to offer enhanced convenience and security.