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Identifid’s US Patent US7779457

Granted on 08.17.2010


Identity Verification System

Abstract

An electronic system is provided to confirm the identity of an individual or customer. The confirmation process permits businesses and other entities to access a pre-approved list of authorize customers for purposes of preventing identity theft or fraud. Biometric data obtained from the person of the customer is compared against an authorized version of customer biometric data for this purpose. Even if an individual customer is not an authorized customer, the biometric data may be compared to a known fraud database to see if this individual has perpetrated past instances of fraud.

Claims (24)

1. An electronic system for the processing of data to verify the identity of an individual, comprising:
means for preauthorizing a group of customers by storing an authorized version of biometric data and an authorized version of non-biometric data that may be used to verify the identity of individual customers; means for obtaining data from the person of an individual who wishes to engage in a transaction, the data including test biometric data and test non-biometric data that may be used to identify the individual; and means for transmitting the data to a central agency; the central agency being provided with means for processing the data to determine whether the individual is also a preapproved customer, wherein the manner of processing at least includes comparing the test biometric data against the authorized version of biometric data such that a comparison match outcome is associated with recognition of the individual as a customer and a comparison non-match outcome is associated with nonrecognition of the individual as a customer; means for providing notification of the comparison match outcome; and a fraud database including at least one of hardware and circuitry, the fraud database containing historical biometric data which is associated with known or suspected instances of past fraud and means for comparing the test biometric data against the historical biometric data on a transaction specific basis to obtain a comparison outcome wherein a comparison match is associated with means for providing notice that the test biometric data is associated with an instance of past fraud from a person who is not a preauthorized customer but who is known to have previously committed fraud.

2. The electronic system of claim 1, wherein the means for preauthorizing includes means for obtaining the authorized version of biometric data from customer applicants.

3. The electronic system of claim 1, wherein the authorized version of biometric data and the test biometric data each include at least one category of data selected from the group consisting of fingerprint, palm, face, and iris data.

4. The electronic system of claim 1, wherein the means for obtaining includes a biometric scanner in the individual's home.

5. The electronic system of claim 1, wherein the means for obtaining includes a biometric scanner in a place of business.

6. The electronic system of claim 1, wherein the means for transmitting includes an operable connection to the Internet.

7. The electronic system of claim 1, wherein the central agency processes the test nonbiometric data to determine a data work flow before engaging in the comparison analysis of biometric data.

8. The electronic system of claim 1, wherein the type of transaction facilitates a function selected from the group consisting of credit card applications; loan applications; opening savings or checking accounts; accessing savings or checking accounts; activating new cellular phone service; obtaining new insurance; obtaining government documents; renting housing; receiving medical care; confirming employment applications; car dealership transactions; safety deposit boxes; medical applications including access to medical records, prescriptions, and patient tracking; government programs including passports or visas; entitlement programs; frequent traveler programs; prisoner tracking; and tax filings.

9. The electronic system of claim 1, wherein the type of transaction facilitates access to a secure facility.

10. The electronic system of claim 1, wherein the type of transaction facilitates processing of a passport or visa to facilitate granting or denying admittance of the individual to a country.

11. The electronic system of claim 1, wherein the central agency is equipped with a proxy server that provides means for protecting the central agency against malicious attack.

12. The electronic system of claim 11, wherein access to the central agency is controlled by at least one proxy server and further comprising a distributed environment where data processing is divided among a plurality of zones on the basis of geographical association to the data.

13. A method for processing data to verify the identity of an individual, comprising: preauthorizing a group of customers by storing an authorized version of biometric data and an authorized version of non-biometric data that may be used to verify the identity of individual customers; obtaining data from the person of an individual who wishes to engage in a transaction, the data including test biometric data and test non-biometric data that may be used to identify the individual; and transmitting the data to a central agency; the central agency processing the data to determine whether the individual is also a preapproved customer, wherein the manner of processing at least includes comparing the test biometric data against the authorized version of biometric data such that a comparison match outcome is associated with recognition of the individual as a customer and a comparison nonmatch outcome is associated with nonrecognition of the individual as a customer; providing notification of the comparison match outcome; creating a fraud database that contains historical biometric data which is associated with known or suspected instances of past fraud from a person who is not a preauthorized customer but who is known to have previously committed fraud; comparing the test biometric data against the historical biometric data on a transaction specific basis to obtain a comparison outcome; and providing notice in the case of a comparison match outcome that the outcome is associated with an instance of past fraud.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein the step of preauthorizing includes obtaining the authorized version of biometric data from customer applicants.

15. The method of claim 13, wherein the authorized version of biometric data and the test biometric data each include at least one category of data selected from the group consisting of fingerprint, palm, face, and iris data.

16. The method of claim 13, wherein the step of obtaining includes using a biometric scanner in the individual's home.

17. The method of claim 13, wherein the step of obtaining includes using a biometric scanner in a place of business.

18. The method of claim 13, wherein the step of transmitting includes an operable connection to the Internet.

19. The method of claim 13, wherein the step of processing at the central agency includes using the test non-biometric data to determine a data work flow before engaging in the comparison analysis of biometric data.

20. The method of claim 13, wherein the type of transaction facilitates a function selected from the group consisting of credit card applications; loan applications; opening savings or checking accounts; accessing savings or checking accounts; activating new cellular phone service; obtaining new insurance; obtaining government documents; renting housing; receiving medical care; confirming employment applications; car dealership transactions; safety deposit boxes; medical applications including access to medical records, prescriptions, and patient tracking; government programs including passports or visas; entitlement programs; frequent traveler programs; prisoner tracking; and tax filings.

21. The method of claim 13, wherein the type of transaction facilitates access to a secure facility.

22. The method of claim 13, wherein the type of transaction facilitates processing of a passport or visa to facilitate granting or denying admittance of the individual to a country.

23. The method of claim 13, wherein the central agency is equipped with a proxy server that provides means for protecting the central agency against malicious attack.

24. The method of claim 13, further comprising a step of controlling access to the central agency by using at least one proxy server in a distributed environment where data processing is divided among a plurality of zones on the basis of geographical association to the data.