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Review of Accenture - Digital Identity

Solution: Unique Identity Service Platform

With a heavy focus on biometrics, Accenture works with clients to help map physical IDs to digital IDs, enabling organizations to pursue new market opportunities that are part of a broader ecosystem. Biometrics and blockchain-based proof of identity give users mobility, security and control, and businesses new tools for verification and compliance. Accenture is developing a system that makes establishing, tracking and maintaining digital identities more efficient, user friendly, secure and less open to fraud.

For the past ten years, Accenture has devoted significant resources to understanding identity management systems. They offer insights into biometric R&D to delivery-at-scale, via algorithm benchmarking, device evaluation, prototyping, development of proofs of concept, live piloting, biometric governance & quality assurance, diagnostics & capability assessments and biometric strategy definitions. Accenture can help manage the process through to solution delivery through their network of more than 50 specialist vendor relationships.

They share the following about their digital identity solution:

Accenture's solution is personal, private and portable, empowering individuals to access and share appropriate information when convenient and without the worry of using or losing paper documentation. To solve problems faced by people who lack official identities face, Accenture leverages its Unique Identity Service Platform to deploy a breakthrough biometrics system that can manage fingerprints, iris scans and other data.

This can be applied in a number of ways. Accenture focuses specifically on:

  • Permanent identity record: For those who lack official forms of ID the unique identity platform on blockchain leverages a biometrics system of fingerprints, iris scans and more.

  • Diploma counterfeit prevention: prevent certificate counterfeiting by streamlining validation and automating identification and attestation process on blockchain through mobile apps.

  • Biometric payment innovation: Vendor independent prototypes leverage the unique identity service platform in the cloud for large populations and locally to support remote users.


The aim is superior scalability with innovative identity management that spans all things connected. Accenture Security Digital Identity capabilities include:

  • Identity and access management: enabling organizations to fast-track their identity and access management capabilities at reduced cost.

  • Privilege access management: Enabling organizations to reduce the risk of cybersecurity threats by protecting access to the most valuable resources.

  • Blockchain and biometrics: Helping clients map physical IDs to their digital IDs, enabling organizations to pursue new market opportunities that are part of a broader ecosystem.

  • Cyber Defense: Fortify extended environment with advanced threat protection, attack surface reduction, and incident response.

  • Managed Security: Scale security monitoring and compliance with vulnerability management and threat hunting.

"Digital identity needs to move into the future by leveraging future technologies to truly protect the enterprise and help it scale at pace." - Rex Thexton, Managing Director, Digital Identity Lead

Former Clients

European Commission: Biometric Matching System

  • European Commission’s general purpose multimodal biometric matching system

  • First implementation is to support the introduction of biometric visas in Europe

  • Implemented over a 3 year period starting in 2007

Unique Identification Authority of India

  • Ability to scale to 1.2 billion Indian residents

  • Solution is an open multi-modal biometric architecture with high efficiency and reduced vendor lock-in

  • Defining the best practices for biometric capture

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

US Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) Program

  • Accenture helped create and deliver a world class program— US-VISIT

  • US-VISIT biometric entry procedures: 115 airports, 15 seaports and in secondary inspection areas of 154 land ports of entry

  • US-VISIT exit procedures are operating at 12 airports and 2 seaports

  • 329M transactions processed (over 135,000 wanted criminals identified)

UK BA, BAA—London Heathrow Airport

Self-Clearance for EU ePassport Holders

  • Introduced automated e-Passports gates at Heathrow and Stansted Airport

  • Both airports represent 54% of all incoming passenger traffic to the UK

  • Featuring advanced anti-tailgating solution (single gate with detection portal

  • Over 7 million transactions since deployment in 2010

Relevant People

  • Rex Thexton, Managing Director, Accenture Security, Applied Cybersecurity Lead

  • Neha Joshl, Managing Director, Accenture Security

  • Christine Leong, Managing Director, Digital Identity Innovations Lead

  • David Treat, Managing Director, Global Blockchain

The digital identity team focuses on strategies, processes and technologies for advanced authentication and authorization.

ID2020 Alliance

Accenture joined the ID2020 Alliance with partners like Microsoft to create an open, human-centric approach to identity. The alliance draws on advances in biometrics and innovative technologies and brings together expertise from business, government and non-government agencies. Their experts at the Dublin Innovation Center contribute cross-functional and cross-cultural expertise to drive it forward in collaboration with both UN and other global humanitarian organizations.