Ethical Biometric Authentication to Safeguard Identity and Privacy

Electronic identity is a growing issue for consumers, organisations, citizen, and national authorities.  In the virtual world, anyone with intent can impersonate anyone else. 

Private and public organisations that interact with citizen on the internet operate on the hope that you are who you say you are. 

Efforts to authenticate identity via information such as passwords, PINs, or objects such as smartphones creates the risk that possession of such information or objects allows the impersonation of someone else. 

Who are you, really?

Biometrics are the solution because they allow the authentication of an individual by a unique physical feature, effectively like a unique key we each possess.  But using biometrics raises the question of the unwilling capture of such a key. 

For obvious reasons of privacy and identity protection, biometrics must use a physical feature that is not continuously dispersed and replicated, such as fingerprints, DNA, and face, which are fine for criminal investigations but are not ethical for everyday use.  Consumers and citizen must be able to exercise control on when their biometrics are captured. 

To satisfy these legitimate needs, Global ID provides authentication technology based on invisible keys that can only be used explicitly:  multi-views of finger veins, hidden and obtainable only with the knowledge of the individual.  Multi-views also allow for both anti-spoofing and for very high unicity, thereby scaling security to international level.  Authenticity is also protected throughout life because vein networks are stable through age. 

A single finger vein multi-view scan uniquely authenticates you to become the most ethical “digital signature”. 

For the common interest of organisations, consumers, citizen

With Global ID technology, organisations no longer need to annoy consumers and citizen with a jungle of pseudo-authentication questions and steps, making processes faster and easier.  No more time and money wasted re-issuing lost or stolen information nor devices.  Less risk of fraud, losses, and data fines.  The speed and ease gain allows in-process authentication as needed for a safe paperless continuum. 

With Global ID technology, consumers and citizen no longer need to disclose non-pertinent personal data to authenticate themselves.  Just one finger will do, and only with their knowledge. 

Covered by patents on Cryptography (data encryption and secure transmission), Biometry (multi-view finger vein scanning, processing, and recognition) and Privacy (separation of biometric data from personal data), Global ID technology is available to organisations, integrators, and OEM builders to achieve quick, reliable, ultra-scalable, secure, private, and easy authentication of individual identity.  

Biometric authentication is the padlock of personal data

Critically, the management of personal data remains the responsibility of the implementing organisation and is not visible to Global ID.  Technology is provided as dedicated hardware (customisable) and software.  APIs provide organisations with the tools to integrate Global ID authentication in their processes, from secure physical access to in-process authentication to portable electronic document carrier authentication.  Finger capture is possible with dry, wet, or dirty fingers and even while wearing medical gloves (tested with hospital staff). 

Engineering collaboration with manufacturers allows for physical integration in machines, or for software integration in processes (ex:  secure authentication of financial order operators and recipients). 

Furthermore, authentication with Global ID technology can eliminate many headaches for the authorities organising elections as well as for their participating citizen, thanks to ultra-scalable, private, ethical, and easy biometrics.

Indeed, we like to say that the keys are in your hands!

Riccardo De Filippo

Head of Strategy and Sale Development

Board of directors

Serge Vaudenay
Pr. Serge Vaudenay
Director of the security and cryptography laboratory - EPFL

Serge Vaudenay is a professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technologies (EPFL) where he is head the Security and Cryptography Laboratory (LASEC) within the School of Computer and Communication Sciences (I&C). His research topic is about the security of cryptographic algorithms and protocols. At GLOBAL ID, he coordinates all research activities in this field.

Dr. Guy Sonna
DG of Global ID France

GUY SONNA has more than 20 years of professional experience in the medico-pharmaceutical and biological sector. He has worked with a multitude of organizations working in clinical research, health vigilance, the training of health professionals and university education. EUDRAVIGILANCE certified with the EMA (European Medical Agency) in LONDON, he is a Specialist in Identitovigilance and Expert with ANSM (National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products) with the National Pharmacovigilance Commission.
At GLOBAL ID, he coordinates all projects involving the health sector.

Executive Management

Lambert Sonna is an expert in cyber security. A graduate of the EPFL, he holds a degree in computer engineering and a doctorate in cyber security.   After several years of teaching, he conducted several research projects in collaboration with several Swiss laboratories, including 3D Finger Vein, BioID, BioLocker, GLOBAL ID Chain, which led to the development of GLOBAL ID solutions. He is the author of several international patents.

Dr Moez Benali
World Medical affairs Director

Oncologist from Gustave Roussy Institute specialized in pharmacology and therapeutics, expert in clinical development of anticancer drugs. Having more than fifteen years of biopharmaceutical industry experience in senior positions in medical affairs, drug development, business development, clinical operation and licensing. Member of several global brand development operating committee. Member of the global protocol steering committee of many biopharmaceutical compagny. Always fascinated by clinical development in the field of oncology. My main objective is to participate in the launch of new medecines saving life and improving quality of life of patients.

Stephane PINTO
Chief Financial Officer

Experienced Finance Manager ( Controlling & Treasury ) for international groups and Family offices, FMCG,industry and shipping, I have successfully implemented changes in reporting and accounting ERP systems. I have also set up internal controls and procedures, audit programs and transferred the treasury function to decrease the corporate tax exposure. I manage the Group’s liquidity and assets portfolios. I develop a proactive relationship with lenders and investors.

Riccardo De Filippo
Strategy ans dales Director

I drive revenue and margin growth with Customer Success to achieve long-term reciprocal value with customers.

Yasmina Sandoz
Marketing and communication Manager
Yasmina Sandoz is the marketing and communication manager for Global ID. She has completed her master studies in Marketing and communication and has more than 22 years of work experience in communication strategy at various companies.

Scientific partners

Dr. Betül Durak

Researcher at the security and cryptography laboratory - EPFL

Dr. Seraphin Itoua

Industrialization Manager Global ID S.A.

Fatih Balli

Researcher at the security and cryptography laboratory - EPFL

Dr. Sébastien Marcel

Researcher at IDIAP and lecturer at EPFL and UNIL

Dr. Michael Liebling

Principal investigator IDIAP Adjunct professor UCSB

Pr. Annett Laube

Director of the Institute for ICT-Based Management at BFH

Pr. Pierre Roduit

Head of the HES-SO Valais-Wallis Institute

Dr. Luciano Torres

Technical advisory board