Public funded innovation competition for Covid-19 produces first project

3rd August 2020 | Blogs, News

By iProov and Mvine

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Covid-19 test status digital passport, with privacy protection for adults and children - delivered by Mvine and iProov - is first out of 800 projects

LONDON, 03 AUGUST 2020: Mvine Limited and iProov Limited, two British technology companies, announce today their innovation for antibody test result status has become the first completed project from the funding competition ‘Business-led innovation in response to global disruption (de minimis)’ run by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The competition attracted 8,500 applications and 800 companies were awarded a maximum of £50,000 each in response to the £40M announcement made by HM Government on 20 May 2020.

In just two calendar months, a full working prototype, with detailed solution design and architecture developed during this first phase of the project, has been delivered on time and exactly to budget by the two British firms working collaboratively. The project has been monitored by Innovate UK.

Main areas of focus have been on developing a solution to enable the recognition of individuals with positive antibody tests for Covid-19 but which does not require extensive new infrastructure and which allows for widespread acceptance and access to the result of the test.

This is highly innovative because the solution does not require identification of individuals and no personal identifiable information is required or stored in this process.

At the point of testing for antibodies, a tokenised individual test result is bound to an individual's enrolled facial biometric template to provide ready online and offline verification of test result.

Dr Ian Campbell, Executive Chair at Innovate UK, said: “Businesses from all over the UK have answered our call rapidly to meet the challenges we face today and in the future through the power of innovation. The ideas we have seen can truly make a significant impact on society, improve the lives of individuals, especially those in vulnerable groups and enable businesses to prosper in challenging circumstances.”

Frank Joshi, Director at Mvine, said: “Our vision is to improve public health and citizen privacy by using digital technology in a new and innovative way. This project does exactly that and perfectly showcases British technology at its best. Mvine with its partner iProov together delivered a fully working demonstrator which is ready to be used in the national interest,” said Frank Joshi.

Andrew Bud, CEO at iProov, said: “Ensuring consumer trust, security and privacy is essential to the success of projects in this space. iProov enables all three. iProov’s Genuine Presence Assurance secures the link between the citizen and Mvine’s antibody test status solution in this project, which we think can make an important contribution to forming the nation’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.”

ENDS

For more information please contact:

Mvine: Joseph Spear, Director of Communications, - joseph.spear@mvine.com

iProov: Sarah Merker, Head of Marketing, - sarah.merker@iproov.com

Innovate UK:  PJ Taylor, Senior Media and Communications Manager, -  press@ukri.org

Notes for Editors

The project title is ‘Covid-19 test status digital passport, with privacy protection for adults and children’. The public description reads:

Mvine Limited, a British technology company, is working with Innovation Funding Service in the national interest to deliver a working demonstrator which applies leading digital technologies to solve a fundamental problem in both public health and citizen privacy in the context the Covid-19 pandemic and afterwards.

The problem we are solving together is the ability to associate Government-approved tests for Covid-19 with you, and all other members of the public, in a way that shows the test has been performed and which allows you to easily prove it, all without you having to give away personally identifiable information.

The objective is to facilitate a highly efficient process whether Government decides on a strategy of testing in the community, for example tests performed at drive-thru testing stations or tests performed at pharmacies or other approved environments where there is a trusted person to oversee the test. 

We can do this by using digital technologies which already exist to help adults and children in three main ways: 

First, without having to give away any private information to people you don't know, to ensure the test you have done for Covid-19 is associated with you and nobody else. There is no room for error so we will ask you to agree to let the person doing the test to use the technology to make an abstract mathematical model of your face. It doesn't take a photo, it doesn't even scan what you look like. It uses AI to work out a set of numbers which represent you and which cannot be mistaken for anyone else. Remember, this is all about not giving away information about you to people you don't know.

Second, the technology helps the person doing the test, who might be a NHS keyworker or another trusted person, to match the test to you, and ensure your test belongs to you and only you.

Third, you do not need any technology at all to be able to use the results of the Covid-19 test to prove to other people that you have done the test and what the result is.

Once the demonstrator receives Government approval we will make it available to everyone who needs it. We really want to help the country get back on its feet as a soon as possible and help you to get on with your life in the way you want to live it.

About Mvine

Mvine Limited is a British deep tech company delivering next generation platforms that power the digital economy. It is perhaps best known for its work in providing cyber-secure collaboration portals, in use in the financial services sector as virtual deal rooms and in other industries as procurement portals and as diversity/equality portals. The company has also pursued identity management and its technology is use in the telecoms sector for federated authentication and in other industries for single sign on identity, authentication and authorisation. Learn more about the company online at https://www.mvine.com/

About iProov

iProov has developed patented and award-winning online biometric authentication technology.

Authentication is now as simple as a glance down, protecting your users on any device, anytime, anywhere. Its patented Flashmark technology flashes a sequence of colours illuminating the face and starting our unique, world leading face authentication process. Applications include onboarding, ID verification, border control, strong customer authentication and access control.

https://www.iproov.com/

About Innovate UK [Standard Innovate UK description taken from Communications Toolkit]

Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas. We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth. We fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into R&D. Our support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions. Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation. For more information visit www.innovateuk.ukri.org  

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